LISA Pathfinder is the forerunning of a mission designed to detect gravitational waves from space. It’ll launch on December 2 – tonight, according to U.S. clocks.
The latest science media releases highlighting exciting news and research from around the globe.
More than 100 times farther from the sun than Earth, this object has been designated V774104. It’s fueling speculation about a Planet X.
If the horseshoe crab looks like it comes from another era, that’s because it does.
December has two birthstones, turquoise and zircon.
Wisdom – world’s oldest living, banded, wild bird – has returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. She’s 64 years old and a symbol of hope and inspiration.
If a gap interrupts a swarm of army ants, they build a ‘living bridge’ using their own bodies. How? New research says ants perform a collective computation.
An analysis of the cosmic microwave background revealed bright spots, possible imprints left when an alternate universe bumped ours shortly after the Big Bang.
It’s up before dawn, a small fuzzy patch of light in binoculars. It’s still just below the limit for viewing with the unaided eye, but may improve.
The World Meteorological Organization says high temps in 2015 are due to the overall trend of global warming, combined with the strong ongoing El Niño.
A large glacier in northeastern Greenland, called Zachariae Isstrom, has been melting faster since 2012. It’s now losing mass at rate of 5 billion tons per year.
This new and beautiful video – called Dishdance – is part of project Skyglow. It’s a beautiful timelapse medley of radio astronomy facilities.
Time to start planning your astronomy travel in 2016. Learn night sky photography, or let an amateur astronomer point out stars and constellations to you.
The global nature of science – and challenge of global communications – will bring together university students in Indonesia, Japan and elsewhere across the world during a 2016 solar eclipse.
We know that dinosaurs laid eggs, but did they bury their nests as crocodiles do, or leave them open and exposed, like birds? New research has some answers.
Awesome views, including some selfies, from the Mars Curiosity rover. The rover is looking across Gale Crater, approaching a large dune with ripples.
Light is the fastest-moving stuff in the universe. It travels at an incredible 300,000 kilometers (186,000 miles) per second. So, in a year, light travels far.
Catch up with all the news you can fit into outer space with EarthSky.org’s Deborah Byrd, LIVE on Slooh Wednesdays at 4 PM ET (2100 UTC). Or watch right here!
Theoretical calculations by a JPL astronomer suggest that streams of dark matter – passing through Earth – would emerge as ultra-dense filaments or “hairs.”
A global fire alert from space, FireSat sensors would be able to detect a fire anywhere on Earth within 15 minutes of its start and notify area emergency responders.
Mars’ large moon Phobos is slowly falling toward the planet. In 20-40 million years, it’ll shatter, and its pieces will form a Saturn-like ring around Mars.