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Most recent Space blogs and columns

  • Artistic impression of the binary star system KOI-3278. (University of Washington)

    ‘Upside-Down Planet’ Reveals New Method for Studying Binary Star Systems

    What looked at first like a sort of upside-down planet has instead revealed a new method for studying binary star systems, discovered by a University... Read more

  • An artist's conception of the newly discovered exoplanet Kepler-186f orbiting the red dwarf star Kepler-186. The planet is the first Earth-sized world to be found orbiting a star at a distance that would allow it to harbor liquid water, a necessary ingredient for life as we know it. (NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle)

    Is Earth-Sized Exoplanet Just Right for Life?

    Astronomers have for the first time discovered a rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet that might hold liquid water—a necessary ingredient for life as we know it. The... Read more

  • Composite image of Lyrid and non-Lyrid meteors, seen over New Mexico from April 21-23, 2012. (NASA/MSFC/Danielle Moser)

    Lyrid Meteor Shower 2014: Live Stream Via NASA for Lyrids; What Time, Day, Date?

    The Lyrid Meteor Shower will peak on early Tuesday, April 22, on Earth Day, and a NASA live stream is available. According to EarthSky, “The... Read more

  • A single Lyrids meteor captured during last year’s shower. (Mike Lewinski/Flickr, CC BY)

    The Lyrids Meteor Shower Should Put On a Show Overnight

    If you’re willing to rise early tomorrow morning then there’s the chance to see a meteor shower, known as the Lyrids, which may been responsible... Read more

  • Dr. John C. Mather. (Chris Gunn/NASA)

    When Nobel Laureate John Mather Gazes Into Space, This Is What He Sees

    Dr. John C. Mather won the 2006 Nobel Prize in physics along with George F. Smoot for their important contribution to the understanding of the... Read more

  • The artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f , the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone. (NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech)

    Kepler-186f, First Earth-Size Planet in ‘Habitable Zone’ of Another Star, Discovered by NASA

    Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” of another star, has been discovered by NASA. Astronomers using the agency’s Kepler Space Telescope found... Read more

  • In this Thursday, April 3, 2014 photo, stars fill the sky above the Gray Knob cabin, a first-come, first-served hiker's camp located just below the tree line, 3.2 miles from Route 2 in Randolph, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    International Dark Sky Week: Date, Meaning, Events

    What started out as a high-school experiment by then-student Jennifer Barlow in 2003, has grown to an internationally celebrated event that acts as a key... Read more

  • (Screenshot/MinutePhysics/YouTube)

    Why ‘Big Bang’ Is an Inaccurate Name and Humorous Alternatives

    Model of the Big Bang theory. (NASA) British astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle was skeptical of the idea that our universe formed following a rapid expansion billions... Read more

  • Tilted orbits such as those shown above might make some planets wobble like a top that’s almost done spinning, an effect that would maintain liquid water on the surface and give life a chance. (NASA/GSFC)

    Why Tilt-a-Worlds Could Be Good Places for Life

    A fluctuating tilt in a planet’s orbit doesn’t rule out the possibility of life, new research shows. In fact, sometimes it helps. That’s because such... Read more

  • This frame grabbed image from NASA-TV Sunday April 20, 2014 shows the SpaceX Dragon resupply capsule approaching the International Space Station. It is expected to be captured by the Canadarm2, left, from the International Space Station later this morning. The pair at the time of this frame grab are traveling over the southern Atlantic Ocean. (AP Photo/NASA-TV)

    Easter Morning Delivery for Space Station

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Space station astronauts got a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies. The shipment arrived Sunday morning via a Dragon, versus... Read more

  • In this undated illustration made available by NASA, dust scatters light during the lunar sunset as the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) orbits the moon. On Friday, April 18, 2014, flight controllers confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon as planned, just three days after surviving a full lunar eclipse, something it was never designed to do. During its $280 million mission, LADEE identified various components of the thin lunar atmosphere — neon, magnesium and titanium, among others — and studied the dusty veil surrounding the moon, created by all the surface particles kicked up by impacting micrometeorites. (AP Photo/NASA, Dana Berry)

    Blood Moon 2014: Lunar Eclipse Crashes NASA Moon-Orbiting Robot

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more. Flight controllers confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side... Read more

  • Composite image of Lyrid and non-Lyrid meteors, seen over New Mexico from April 21-23, 2012. (NASA/MSFC/Danielle Moser)

    Lyrid Meteor Shower 2014: Live Stream from NASA; What Time, What Day?

    The Lyrid meteor shower takes place every April, going between April 16 and April 25. Some skywatchers might be able to view the Lyrids starting... Read more

  • (Screenshot/Discovery/YouTube)

    Could Earth Be Flung From Solar System, Explode?

    Though we may think of the planets in our solar system as stable and fixed in their current orbits, this may not have always been... Read more

  • In this artist's concept provided by NASA, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft orbits the moon. Flight controllers on Friday, April 18, 2014 confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon as planned, just three days after surviving a full lunar eclipse, something it was never designed to do. (AP Photo/NASA, Dana Berry)

    NASA’s Robotic Moon Explorer LADEE, Crashes into Moon

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more. Flight controllers confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of... Read more

  • This artist's rendering provided by NASA on Thursday, April 17, 2014 shows an Earth-sized planet dubbed Kepler-186f orbiting a star 500 light-years from Earth. Astronomers say the planet may hold water on its surface and is the best candidate yet of a habitable planet in the ongoing search for an Earth twin. (AP Photo/NASA Ames, SETI Institute, JPL-Caltech, T. Pyle)

    Earthlike Planet Found: ‘This is the best case for a habitable planet yet found’

    LOS ANGELES—Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and... Read more

  • The Earth's shadow is cast over the surface of the moon as a total lunar eclipse is seen though a Magnolia tree top in the sky over Tyler, Texas at 2:57 CDT on Tuesday morning, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman)

    Full Moon 2014: Last One Was on April 15; Next Ones Are May 14, June 13

    The full moon in April 2014 has passed–there was lots of discussion about the moon because it was red, or a “blood moon”–but there are... Read more

  • Composite image of Lyrid and non-Lyrid meteors, seen over New Mexico from April 21-23, 2012. (NASA/MSFC/Danielle Moser)

    Lyrids Meteor Shower Peak Time and Dates in 2014

    The Lyrids Meteor Shower is a welcome relief to the lull since January of a meteor shower, and follows the blood moon that took place on... Read more

  • The SpaceX Falcon rocket sits on the launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/NASA TV)

    SpaceX Space Staion Resupply Rocket Will Try Again Friday

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to the International Space Station. NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, two days after a... Read more

  • Total eclipse of the moon underway over southern California as seen from Korea town ,west of downtown Los Angeles ,early on April 15, 2014. The entire event was to be visible from North and South America, but sky watchers in northern and and eastern Europe, eastern Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia were out of luck, according to NASA.AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Blood Moon 2014: Full Lunar Eclipse Time Has Passed, Delights North Americans

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse — at least those fortunate enough to... Read more

  • Total eclipse of the moon underway over southern California as seen from Korea town ,west of downtown Los Angeles ,early on April 15, 2014. The entire event was to be visible from North and South America, but sky watchers in northern and and eastern Europe, eastern Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia were out of luck, according to NASA.AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Blood Moon Delights Americas, as Stargazers Prepare for Solar Eclipse on April 29

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse — at least those fortunate enough to have clear... Read more


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