Apr 7, 2016

Monster black holes may lurk all around us: study

Astronomers have stumbled upon a supermassive black hole in an unexpected corner of the universe, implying these galactic monsters are much more common than once thought, a study said Wednesday. The giant, with an estimated mass 17 billion times that of our sun, was ...

Apr 3, 2016

Russian cargo ship docks successfully with space station

The Russian unmanned cargo ship Progress docked with the International Space Station on Saturday, resupplying the crew with food and fuel, Russia’s mission control center said. The docking procedure “took place at the scheduled time,” the Russian TASS news agency quoted mission control as ...

Mar 31, 2016

Search for alien signals expands to 20,000 star systems

The search for radio signals from alien worlds is expanding to 20,000 star systems that were previously considered poor targets for intelligent extraterrestrial life, U.S. researchers said Wednesday. New scientific data has led the SETI Institute to believe systems orbiting red dwarfs — dim, ...

Video shows Hitomi satellite spinning wildly in orbit

Mar 29, 2016

Video shows Hitomi satellite spinning wildly in orbit

Japan’s brand new Hitomi X-ray astronomy satellite has apparently lost control and is spinning wildly in orbit, according to a video taken by an amateur U.S. astronomer that was posted to the National Geographic website Monday. The video shows an object that looks like ...

Despite refugees, Europe is united on Mars exploration

Mar 14, 2016

Despite refugees, Europe is united on Mars exploration

While countries in Europe have been slashing budgets, one area has not just escaped the ax but chalked up a stellar jump: space exploration. The European Space Agency, which Monday was to launch its €1.3 billion ($1.45 billion) ExoMars mission to outrace the U.S. ...