Apr 12, 2014

Moon age mystery may be solved after new study

The moon was formed about 95 million years after the birth of our solar system, in a collision that also settled the structure of Earth as we know it, according to the latest attempt at dating that impact. A study in the journal Nature ...

Apr 5, 2014

Norwegian skydiver narrowly dodges meteorite

A Norwegian skydiver narrowly escaped a meteorite that passed only meters away from him while jumping over Norway, according to a video aired by public broadcaster NRK. The footage, broadcast by NRK late Thursday, was recorded by cameras fixed on the skydiver’s helmet and ...

Twin rings found around asteroid

Mar 30, 2014

Twin rings found around asteroid

Astonished astronomers have found rings around an asteroid, the smallest object known to have this feature and only the fifth after Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The twin rings around a rock called Chariklo were spotted in last June as it passed in front ...

Mar 28, 2014

Distant hunter of comets to awaken

A fridge-size robot lab hurtling through the solar system aboard a European probe is about to wake from hibernation and prepare for the first landing by a spacecraft on a comet. The delicate operation, starting Friday, marks the next phase in the European Space ...

Gravitational waves carry clues on big bang

Mar 23, 2014

Gravitational waves carry clues on big bang

by Ian Sample

The sighting came from a small telescope on the roof of a laboratory sitting on the ice sheet three-quarters of a mile (1.3 kilometers) from the geographic South Pole. First came the rumors. But then researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics went public. ...

Astronomers reveal largest yellow star

Mar 22, 2014

Astronomers reveal largest yellow star

Astronomers have spotted the largest yellow star ever observed in our galaxy and 1,300 times larger than the sun. The yellow hypergiant star HR 5171 A is also in the top 10 of the largest stars known and about 1 million times brighter than ...

Mar 21, 2014

Massive solar blasts missed Earth by days

Fierce solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites in space narrowly missed Earth in 2012, U.S. researchers said. The bursts would have wreaked havoc on the Earth’s magnetic field, matching the severity of the 1859 Carrington Event, the largest ...

Mar 19, 2014

Syria launches 'space agency' amid raging war

Syria’s government on Tuesday decided to establish a “space agency” to conduct scientific research despite the civil war that has torn the country apart and devastated its economy. State news agency SANA said the Cabinet had approved a project to create the so-called Syrian ...