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For arid, Mars-like desert, rain brings death

When rains fell on the arid Atacama Desert, it was reasonable to expect floral blooms to follow. But a team of astrobiologists has found that the water brought death instead.

How to watch Mars Insight landing November 26

On November 26, 2018, NASA’s InSight lander will make its daring descent to Mars’ surface. The spacecraft is scheduled to touch down Monday at approximately 20:00 UTC (3 p.m. EST), with live landing commentary starting about an hour before.

Today in science: Edwin Hubble and the expanding universe

Last month, the International Astronomical Union – same organization that demoted Pluto to dwarf planet status – voted to rename Hubble’s law as the Hubble–Lemaître law. Will astronomers use the new name?

How rare are November hurricanes?

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is nearing an end, but November hurricanes do occur and they can be deadly.

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Pleiades star cluster, aka Seven Sisters

November is sometimes called “the month of the Pleiades,” because this cluster is now so well placed for viewing in the evening sky.

Lunar Outpost unveils small, exploratory moon rovers

Last week, the space technology startup Lunar Outpost publicly displayed its rover concept – the Lunar Resource Prospector – for the 1st time. The rovers may help pave the way for a human return to the moon.

New NASA video calls for return to moon and Mars

“We’re returning to the moon, preparing to go beyond to Mars. We are going. We are NASA.”

Merging galaxies fuel mega black holes

It hasn’t been easy for astronomers to peer into the cores of merging galaxies. Dust obscures the view. Now, new research has given astronomers a better look.

Narwhal adopted by belugas

Scientists are trying to solve the mystery of why a narwhal was adopted by a group of beluga whales in Canada’s St. Lawrence River.

Captive killer whales share personality traits with humans and chimps

Killer whales share some personality traits with humans and chimps – such as playfulness, independence, stubbornness, bravery, sensitivity and protectiveness – according to a new study.

Huge meteorite crater discovered under Greenland ice

Researchers have identified a large meteorite impact crater hiding under the Greenland ice. The enormous crater – bigger than Paris – appears to be result of meteor strike just 12,000 years ago.

Pine Island Glacier drops another massive iceberg

The giant iceberg – about 3 times the size of Manhattan – broke off from Pine Island Glacier in late October. Scientists say the frequency of such events appears to be on the rise.

Gaia spots enormous ghost galaxy on Milky Way’s outskirts

Gaia satellite data revealed the galaxy, which has avoided detection until now, thanks to its extremely low density and hiding place behind the shroud of the Milky Way’s disk.