Mar 28, 2015

Europe hoists two navigation satellites after 2014 mislaunch

Europe launched two navigation satellites Friday for its rival to America’s GPS system, the first additions to the Galileo constellation since a technical mishap misdirected two orbiters last year. Galileo’s seventh and eighth satellites were hoisted from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at ...

Road to Mars begins at an asteroid

Mar 26, 2015

Road to Mars begins at an asteroid

A NASA robot ship will pluck a large boulder off an asteroid and sling it around the moon, becoming an ad hoc destination to prepare for future human missions to Mars, the U.S. space agency said on Wednesday. The so-called Asteroid Redirect Mission is ...

'Spectacular' solar eclipse witnessed by millions

Mar 21, 2015

'Spectacular' solar eclipse witnessed by millions

Sky-gazers looked up in awe Friday as the moon blocked the sun in a total solar eclipse that momentarily darkened a slice of northern Europe. The most spectacular viewing came on Norway’s Svalbard islands near the North Pole, where a bright clear day and ...

At 9, girl may be youngest to spot supernova

| Mar 13, 2015

At 9, girl may be youngest to spot supernova

Two sisters from Mukaiyama Elementary School in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, have discovered a supernova, becoming rising stars in Japan’s astronomical society. In December, 12-year-old Koto Tomita and her 9-year-old sister, Rino, spotted the stellar explosion together. “We do not keep a record of the ...

Hubble captures quadruple image of distant supernova

Mar 6, 2015

Hubble captures quadruple image of distant supernova

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope and a naturally occurring cosmic magnifying lens have captured surprising multiple images of an exploding star, research published Thursday shows. The four images captured by Hubble were caused by light taking different paths around a massive galaxy cluster ...

Mar 6, 2015

Astronomers find star speeding out of the galaxy

Astronomers have found a star hurtling through the galaxy faster than any other, the result of being blasted away by the explosion of a massive partner star, researchers said on Thursday. The star, known as U.S. 708, is traveling at about 746 miles (1,200 ...

Mars ocean was bigger than the Arctic: NASA

Mar 6, 2015

Mars ocean was bigger than the Arctic: NASA

Mars once had a body of water that was bigger than Earth’s Arctic Ocean and vast enough to cover the entire surface of the planet, NASA scientists said in a study released on Thursday. The new research, providing estimates on the quantity of water ...

Astronomers find giant black hole in early universe

Feb 26, 2015

Astronomers find giant black hole in early universe

A black hole 12 billion times more massive than the sun has been found in a glowing quasar that existed when the universe was just a fraction of its current age, scientists said on Wednesday. The discovery challenges currently held theories that black holes ...