Who Owns the Moon?

The Earth's shadow begins to fall on the moon during a total lunar eclipse, as seen above Miami, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
The Earth's shadow begins to fall on the moon during a total lunar eclipse, as seen above Miami, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Whether you’re into mining, energy or tourism, there are lots of reasons to explore space. Some “pioneers” even believe humanity’s survival depends on colonising celestial...

  • "Super-Earths are at the edge of what we can study right now," says Heather Knutson. "But super-Earths are a good consolation prize—they're interesting in their own right, and they give us a chance to explore new kinds of worlds with no analog in our own solar system." (NASA Blueshift/Flickr)

    We Still Have No Clue What Super-Earths Are Made Of

    Despite discovering hundreds of exoplanets known as “super-Earths,” astronomers still don’t know what they’re made of. They’re larger than Earth but smaller than Nepture, and... Read more

  • An astronomer observes the night sky for Orionid Meteors as uses a laser pointer to show a radiate at an observatory near the village of Avren east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009. The annual Orionid meteor shower is promising to put on a dazzling sky show. The Orionid meteor shower occur each year as a result of Earth passing through dust released by Halley's Comet. The point from where the Orionid meteors appear to radiate is located within the constellation Orion. (AP Photo/Petar Petrov)

    Orionids Meteor Shower 2014: Peak Dates, Times, Where to Look

    The Orionids Meteor Shower is set to peak soon after starting last month. The shower, which has meteors from Halley’s comet, is slated to peak on... Read more

  • Comet Sliding Spring, also known as comet C/2013 A1, as captured by Wide Field Camera 3 on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. (NASA, ESA, and J.-Y. Li (Planetary Science Institute))

    Comet Siding Spring 2014 Update: Mars Encounter Coming This Week

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—The heavens are hosting an event this weekend that occurs once in a million years or so. A comet as hefty as a... Read more

  • In this Aug. 3, 2014 file photo taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is pictured from a distance of 285 kms. Scientists at the European Space Agency on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, announced the spot where they will attempt the first landing on a comet hurtling through space at 55,000 kph (34,000 mph). The maneuver is one of the key moments in the decade-long mission to examine the comet and learn more about the origins and evolution of objects in the universe. (AP Photo/ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team, File)

    European Space Agency Confirms Time and Place of Comet Probe Landing

    BERLIN—The European Space Agency has confirmed the time and place it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet. The agency said Wednesday... Read more

  • This artist’s impression of the Milky Way galaxy. The blue halo of material surrounding the galaxy indicates the expected distribution of the mysterious dark matter. (L. Calçada/ESO)

    Dark Matter and the Milky Way: More Little Than Large

    While invisible, dark matter completely dominates our Milky Way. But recent measurements of just how much dark matter there is have revealed a bit of... Read more

  • High-energy X-rays streaming from a rare and mighty pulsar (magenta), the brightest found to date, can be seen in this new image combining multi-wavelength data from three telescopes. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SAO/NOAO)

    Pulsar as Bright as 10 Million Suns Baffles Astronomers

    An object scientists thought was a black hole is actually the brightest and weirdest pulsar ever detected. “This compact little stellar remnant is a real... Read more

  • First foot. (NASA)

    Is Space Still Awesome?

    World Space Week is one of a series of events co-ordinated by the UN to celebrate the global nature of space exploration. It was established... Read more

  • A temperature map of exoplanet WASP-43b: The white-colored region on the daytime side is 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit. On the nighttime side, temperatures drop below 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. (ESA, J. Bean/L. Kreidberg/K. Stevenson of the University of Chicago, NASA)

    It’s Hot Enough on This Exoplanet to Melt Steel

    The most detailed weather map ever made of an exoplanet orbiting another star 260 light-years away from Earth shows a world with daytime temperatures hot... Read more

  • The brightest pulsar ever recorded has been discovered by astronomers using NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. Pulsars are also called dead stars because they are what’s left after a supernova explosion, and belong to a class called neutron stars. (AOL Screenshot)

    Brightest Dead Star Ever Discovered in the Universe (Video)

    The brightest pulsar ever recorded has been discovered by astronomers using NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. Pulsars, or dead stars, are the remnants... Read more

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    Draconids Meteor Shower 2014: Where to Look in Sky, Peak Time for Giacobinids Shower

    The Draconids Meteor Shower is underway until about October 10. The meteor show is debris from the dusty tail of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. The peak date is actually... Read more

  • The moon is illuminated by sunlight reflected off the Earth during a total lunar eclipse, one of four so-called ‘blood moons’, on October 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The first in the current tetrad of blood moons fell on Passover and the current eclipse occurs on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the fifth day after Yom Kippur, leading some religious people to believe that it is a prophetic sign of the end times of civilization. This blood moon appears 5.3% larger than the last one on April 15 because it occurs right after the perigee, the closest point in its orbit to the Earth. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    Blood Moon Pictures Today: Total Lunar Eclipse and Blood Moon Photos

    The last blood moon of 2014 took place on Wednesday, October 8, and lots of new pictures and photos from across the United States and... Read more

  • The moon is pictured in Mexico City on April 15, 2014 as a lunar eclipse begins across the Americas. The entire event was to be visible from North and South America. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Lunar Eclipse Dates, Peak Time: Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse Set for Wednesday

    The second total lunar eclipse of 2014 is set for Wednesday, October 8. The eclipse will begin just after 4 a.m. EDT and continue until... Read more

  • The moon is seen in the time around a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The blood moon on October 8 will be seen across North and South America. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Blood Moon 2014 Dates, Times: Red or Orange Moon and Lunar Eclipse (Tetrad) Taking Place on October 8

    The next blood moon is coming up in 2014, and it will be visible in most of the United States.  The blood moon will happen... Read more

  • “Hi there, do you comet here often?” The ISEE-3. (NASA)

    Space, the Financial Frontier—How Citizen Scientists Took Control of a Spaceship

    The latest and perhaps most inspiring example of private space adventurism is a crowd-funded project to resurrect a decades-old NASA spacecraft purely for the engineering... Read more

  • Headlines about Pluto being a planet again are a little premature, but the public's attachment to the dwarf planet may win out in the end. (AOL Screenshot)

    Pluto Still Not a Planet, But Fans Might Be Winning Debate (Video)

    Have fans of Pluto succeeded in making it a planet again? You might have seen some headlines over the last few days saying Pluto has... Read more

  • Richard Branson (WSJ Live/AOL)

    A Christmas Gift From Space

    Are we just a few months away from the beginning of a new space age? Virgin Galactic hopes to launch its first space flight into... Read more