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All eyes on B31 iceberg: NASA monitors stowaway from Antarctica with satellite, GPS trackers

NASA has spotted a monstrous iceberg escaping into open waters in Antarctica. The giant chunk of frozen water is estimated to be around 240 square miles in size.

Space April 25, 2014

Happy 24th birthday Hubble Telescope! What's the cosmic eye been busy with?

The Hubble Space Telescope celebrates its 24th birthday with a yet another magnificent shot of the infinitesimal portion of space, reinforcing Hubble's prowess in capturing more than what meets the eye.

Space April 25, 2014

Massive supernova not so bright after all

An "ordinary" Type 1a supernova was seen, apparently giving off the same amount of energy as 100 billion suns. How did nature dupe astronomers?

Space April 28, 2014

This selfie by NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is out of this world... literally

Astronaut Rick Mastracchio took a selfie while outside the International Space Station. This is the latest step in a long history of amateur photography in space.

Space April 25, 2014

NASA, littleBits partner to launch Lego-like space kits for kids

Kit of snap-together modules helps kids learn space science in fun way. NASA scientists and engineers helped in the design.

Space April 25, 2014

Earth is no stanger to asteroids exploding like atomic bombs

Latest statistics on asteroid impacts show that Earth has been hit by a total of 26 asteroids during the past 14 years. The statistics were obtained from readings taken by sensors designed to measure nuclear detonations, which is a testament to the force of an asteroid impact.

Space April 24, 2014

Pair of supermassive black holes spotted in cosmic tango by European astronomers

Scientists from Europe have discovered two supermassive black holes orbiting around each other. This is the first time that astronomers have found a pair of supermassive black holes co-existing in an ordinary galaxy.

Space April 24, 2014

Lyrid meteor shower: Last chance to watch it this year

Lyrid meteor shower passes its peak, but skywatchers might still get a glimpse, experts say. Bright moon might make it a bit harder, though.

Space April 24, 2014

Nuclear explosion-level asteroid impacts more common than previously thought: Is Earth in danger?

Earth may face greater threat of catastrophic asteroid impact than previously believed. Video visualization shows many latest impacts.

Space April 24, 2014

Mantis shrimp pincers inspire new airplane material design

A tiny shrimp with a powerful punch is the inspiration of a new material design stronger than that used in aircraft standards.

Space April 24, 2014

ISS astronauts successfully perform spacewalk to replace dead computer

Astronauts successfully performed a spacewalk to replace a faulty computer outside the International Space Station. What else is the crew of the ISS doing?

Space April 24, 2014

NASA chief defends Mars mission, colonization of Red Planet necessary for human survival

The head of NASA has come forward to defend the agency's plans of sending humans to the Red Planet in the future. The agency's chief added that human colonization of other planets is a necessity for survival.

Space April 24, 2014

Swedish cosmetic company wants to brighten the moon: Science or just a marketing event?

In a bid to bring down electricity costs and the carbon footprint caused by maintaining streetlights, a Swedish company has proposed a strange and otherworldly solution. The company says the Moon should be brightened.

Space April 24, 2014

Asteroids explode like nuclear blasts in the sky...and that's quite common [VIDEO]

Explosions happen high in the sky more often than most people believed. How powerful were these blasts?

Space April 24, 2014

KOI-3278, a bizarre 'self-lensing' binary star system, discovered in Lyra

A binary star system, resembling an upside-down planet, has been discovered in data from the Kepler Spacecraft.

Space April 23, 2014

Scientists spot 'upside-down planet' by accident, discover binary star system 2,600 light years from Earth

Researchers have discovered an 'upside-down planet' with unusual gravitational lensing characteristics. The self-lensing planet may lead to the development of new techniques that could be used to study binary star systems.

Space April 23, 2014

Murmansk meteor strikes fear in Russians, reminds of Chelyabinsk incident

Meteor exploding over Russian city troubles people, keenly reminded of damage and injuries caused by similar event last year. Thankfully, this one did not have same result.

Space April 22, 2014

Lyrid meteor shower: How and when to watch the celestial light show

The Lyrid meteor shower will delight viewers worldwide. Here's how to see this astronomical show.

Space April 22, 2014

Impact glass from asteroid traps ancient plant life and has secrets to tell

Plant material from millions of years ago was preserved in glass, created in an asteroid impact. What does the discovery tell us about Mars?

Space April 22, 2014

SpaceX Dragon spacecraft makes Easter delivery at ISS: What goodies did it bring?

The Dragon spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station on Easter Sunday. What was inside the orbital basket?

Space April 22, 2014

Lyrid meteor shower peaks April 22, coincides with Earth Day

Skygazers are in for a double-treat this April 22 with the peaking of the annual Lyrid meteor shower coinciding with this year’s Earth Day. The shower will be visible throughout the whole week but the most spectacular show will happen this Tuesday.

Space April 21, 2014

Northern Russia witnesses another meteor explosion, space fireball caught on video

It has been slightly over a year since the Chelyabinsk meteor incident but Russia may have had another encounter with a fiery meteor. The spectacular incident was also caught on video.

Space April 20, 2014

Blind Luck: It's what saves Earth from getting destroyed from asteroid impact, say former NASA astronauts

Network meant to detect nuclear testing is picking up massive asteroid impacts instead, former astronauts say. The number is much higher than previously thought, they say.

Space April 21, 2014

RIP LADEE: NASA lunar spacecraft ends moon mission on triumphant note

Moon orbiting satellite crashes into lunar surface after completion of mission. Impact site was chosen to avoid historic Apollo mission artifacts.

Space April 20, 2014

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch and landing 'a success,' though critics disagree

A launch and landing of a Falcon 9 rocket is being described as a success by SpaceX. What was that strange billow of smoke on liftoff?

Space April 21, 2014

SpaceX wishes ISS a happy Easter, brings 5,000 pounds of supplies and equipment

The SpaceX Falcon 9 has successfully launched on a resupply mission to the ISS. The Dragon Spacecraft is now en route toward the space station.

Space April 19, 2014

Extraterrestrial vitamins: Scientists find loads of B3 on meteorites

Scientists have successfully identified the presence vitamins in meteorite samples. Traces of Vitamin B3 or Niacin have been extracted from small samples of space rocks.

Space April 20, 2014

Google, NASA Tango to bring 3D mapping technology to ISS robots

Google and NASA hope that Project Tango and 3D mapping technology can help map the space station. Robots inside spheres will be able to assist astronauts and perform maintenance.

Space April 20, 2014

Kepler-186f: Scientists go gaga over this exoplanet but no proof yet of alien lifeform

An exoplanet that may be the most Earth-like planet yet discovered could house life - but don't get excited about the prospect just yet.

Space April 20, 2014

Nebula Gum 41 blushes around hot young stars

Dramatic red hue of distant nebula shows effects of bright, new stars being formed within. Special photographic techniques have revealed its scarlet glow, astronomer say.

Space April 20, 2014

Blood moon: Why the brouhaha and which lunar eclipse in the tetrad will be most magnificent?

The first of four lunar eclipses occurred on 15 April is causing some pastors to claim great changes are coming. What's next?

Space April 20, 2014

Lunar spacecraft LADEE makes moon its final resting place

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer has come to its end after being intentionally crashed on the moon. So, why were mission planners so happy sending their creation to its doom?

Space April 19, 2014

Meteorites from Mars may hold clues to early Martian atmosphere: How different was it from ancient Earth?

A new study focusing on the Martian meteorites found on Earth reveals that the early atmospheres of these two planets were very varied, but the nature of their differences remains unclear.

Space April 20, 2014

Kepler-186f: Discovery of Earth-like exoplanet in 'habitable zone' of star suggests we may not be alone

Kepler has discovered what appears to be an Earth-sized planet in a star’s habitable zone. The discovery is considered to be the most Earth-like exoplanet ever found.

Space April 19, 2014

Hello, Saturn: How's Peggy doing today?

Scientists have new discoveries about the fate of Saturn's newest moon-child, Peggy. Could Peggy survive or disintegrate in space?

Space April 18, 2014

Kepler-186f exoplanet may hold liquid water and signs of alien lifeforms

Planet around distant star is first Earth-size world found in habitable zone, scientists say. It could possess the liquid water necessary for life.

Space April 18, 2014

Wobbly or tilting planets may host alien life-forms, new study suggests

Less-than-steady planets that 'wobble' around their stars may be candidates for sustaining life, scientists say. That 'wobble' could keep them from freezing solid.

Space April 21, 2014

Squeaky-clean NASA rover Opportunity says, "But first, let me take a selfie"

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity took a photo of itself, showing cleaner-than-usual solar cells. What does this mean for the mission?

Space April 19, 2014

Meteorites hint that we can't call Mars our second home: Here's why

New research about meteorites from Mars helps scientists understand the composition of the Red Planet's early atmosphere. The new findings also highlight the divergence between the Earth’s atmosphere and the Martian atmosphere over four and a half billion years ago.

Space April 17, 2014

SpaceX cargo mission sets sights for Friday launch but weather gods may play spoilsport

Private space launch firm SpaceX is all set to launch cargo craft to the International Space Station. However, the launch attempt could face problems with the weather as thunderstorms and showers are being predicted.

Space April 18, 2014

Blood moon: What has Christian apocalypse got to do with lunar eclipse?

A tetrad of four lunar eclipses started on April 15. Why are some people calling this the end of the world?

Space April 16, 2014

'Blood Moon' wows the world, triggers apocalyptic debates: When's the next lunar eclipse?

While millions around the globe marveled at the “Blood Moon” eclipse last April 15, some religious groups say that the eclipse may be a sign of things to come. Some believe that the “bloody” spectacle may be an omen signaling the coming of the apocalypse.

Space April 16, 2014

Saturn gives birth to new icy moon? Hello, 'Peggy'!

Are we saying hello to the 63rd moonchild of planet Saturn? It appears the most fertile planet has given birth to a new moon, a new study says.

Space April 16, 2014

Chance to vote for new NASA spacesuit ends today

NASA letting public vote on proposed designs for future astronaut spacesuits.

Space April 16, 2014

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