Astronomers Spot Largest, Brightest Solar Flare Ever

Astronomers witnessed the brightest solar flare ever. (NASA/SDO)
Astronomers witnessed the brightest solar flare ever. (NASA/SDO)

Astronomers at NASA spotted a solar flare from a nearby red dwarf star earlier this year — the largest ever recorded. The flare came from one...

  • NASA’s MAVEN mission is observing the upper atmosphere of Mars to help understand climate change on the planet. MAVEN entered its science phase on Nov. 16, 2014.
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    NASA’s MAVEN Mission Identifies Links in Chain Leading to Atmospheric Loss

    Early discoveries by NASA’s newest Mars orbiter are starting to reveal key features about the loss of the planet’s atmosphere to space over time. The... Read more

  • In this handout photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) on July 17, 2014, German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst took this image of the Earth. (Photo by Alexander Gerst / ESA via Getty Images)

    Space Wars? Russia Launches Mysterious Object in Orbit, Could be ‘Satellite-Killer’

    An unknown vehicle was launched into orbit, and there’s speculation that it might be a Russian “satellite-killer” controlled by the country’s military. The mysterious object–called... Read more

  • In this file photo dated Thursday Nov. 13, 2014, a combination photo produced with different images taken with the CIVA camera system released by the European Space Agency ESA, shows Rosetta’s lander Philae after landing safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko,  as these first  CIVA images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground. Philae became the first spacecraft to land on a comet when it touched down Wednesday on the comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (AP Photo/Esa/Rosetta/Philae, FILE)

    Comet 67P Pictures, Size, Path: New Color Pics Released by European Space Agency

    The Rosetta probe has captured new color pictures of the Comet 67P, also known as the Churymov-Gerasimenko. The comet came into focus when the Rosetta... Read more

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    ‘Satlets’ Launch: DARPA to Send Tiny Satellites in Orbit

    Small 15-pound satellites will be launched into orbit by DARPA and its partners. Ultimately, researchers want to use the small devices to cannibalize unused satellites... Read more

  • The alleged UFO sighting near Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano. ( screenshot)

    UFO Sightings 2014: Another Spotted at Mexico Volcano

    Another UFO was spotted near the Popocatepetl Volcano in Mexico this week. Photos taken Dec.  12 were uploaded online, showing a dark circular dot near... Read more

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    Richard Branson’s Deep-Sea Exploration Plans Canceled

    [Transcript] “Sir Richard Branson’s plans to explore the world’s deepest oceans have been scrapped. The Virgin Oceanic project was first unveiled in 2011, and planned... Read more

  • An OPALS artists rendition operating from the ISS (NASA/JPL-CALTECH)

    UFO Sightings: International Space Station Red Laser Photo Could Be of New Instrument

    Some enthusiasts have claimed that an object firing a red beam over the Earth captured on video by the International Space Station is a UFO... Read more

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    Why Big Sand Dunes on Saturn’s Moon Titan Look so Familiar

    The enormous sand dunes on Saturn’s moon Titan show signs of shifting wind conditions over tens of thousands of years—much like large dunes on Earth... Read more

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    The Geminids Meteor Shower Should Be One of the Best This Year

    The best meteor shower of the year should put on an impressive display this weekend – weather permitting – with the annual Geminids poised to... Read more

  • Images taken by Rosetta’s navigation camera on December 7 from a distance of 19.7 km from the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (ESA)

    Rosetta Is Making a Splash Again, but Results Show Comet’s Water Not the Same as Earth’s

    The first results on comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko obtained by instruments on-board the Rosetta spacecraft have been announced – and they are, literally and figuratively, a... Read more

  • Comparison of the disks in simulation and observation. The right panel shows the disk image simulated with ATERUI, and the left panel the real ALMA image. (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

    Astronomers Identify Gas Spirals as a Nursery of Twin Stars Through ALMA Observation

    With the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observation, astronomers led by Shigehisa Takakuwa, Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica... Read more

  • Data collected from NASA's Curiosity rover suggests Mount Sharp was shaped by sediments deposited in a lake over tens of millions of years. (AOL Screenshot)

    Curiosity Rover Finds New Signs of a Lake on Mars (Video)

    NASA now has new clues the Red Planet could have supported life — microbial life, that is. This is Gale Crater. It was formed some 3.5... Read more

  • This artist’s impression shows the dust and gas around the double star system GG Tauri-A. Researchers using ALMA have detected gas in the region between two discs in this binary system. This may allow planets to form in the gravitationally perturbed environment of the binary. Half of Sun-like stars are born in binary systems, meaning that these findings will have major consequences for the hunt for exoplanets.(ESO/L. Calçada)

    Planet-Forming Lifeline Discovered in a Binary Star System

    For the first time, researchers using ALMA have detected a streamer of gas flowing from a massive outer disc toward the inner reaches of a... Read more

  • This artist’s impression shows the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) in its enclosure. The E-ELT will be a 39-metre aperture optical and infrared telescope sited on Cerro Armazones in the Chilean Atacama Desert, 20 kilometres from ESO’s Very Large Telescope on Cerro Paranal, which is visible in the distance towards the left.  (ESO/L. Calçada)

    Green Light for European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) Construction (VIDEO)

    The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has decided to build a massive space telescope on top of Cerro Armazones in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile... Read more

  • Galactic 'blow out' imaged by radio telescopes (UH)

    Observing Galactic ‘Blow Out’

    For the first time, an international team of astronomers, led by Dr James Geach from the University of Hertfordshire, has revealed the dramatic ‘blow out’... Read more

  • Ron Garan (NASA)

    Astronaut Talks Profound ‘Orbital Perspective’

    Leaving the Earth, disconnecting from the bonds of human society to push into the darkness of space with only a few companions, has strangely left... Read more