Saturn’s rings much younger than Saturn itself

How old are Saturn's rings? A new study suggests they're only about 400 million years old at most, much younger than Saturn itself. Dust provided new clues.

Largest cosmic explosion ever seen is still ongoing

Astronomers have found the largest cosmic explosion yet seen, from a cloud of dust around a black hole. So far the explosion has lasted more than 3 years.

NASA’s Astrophoto Challenge for summer 2023

NASA invites the public to participate in its Astrophoto Challenge for summer 2023. For this challenge, the focus is on the Phantom Galaxy. Details here.

Skylab – America’s 1st space station – 50 years later

Skylab was America's 1st space station. Three crews lived and worked there for over 171 days, studying the sun and Earth and setting records for life in space.

Jammed JUICE mission antenna free at last

After 3 weeks of troubleshooting, ESA, on May 12, 2023, announced that the primary antenna for the JUICE mission has finally deployed.

Stargazing in national parks in the U.S.

Stargazing in national parks ... yes! Increasing light pollution in the United States makes national parks some of the last dark refuges.

Moon’s inner core is solid, like Earth’s, scientists say

Researchers in France say that the moon's inner core is solid, with a density close to that of iron, solving a long-standing debate about the heart of the moon.

Fomalhaut has 3 nested belts around the star

Webb has spotted dusty debris disks around the star Fomalhaut. These 3 nested belts are similar to our solar system's asteroid and Kuiper belts.

The Drake Equation and the late planet

Astronomer Guy Ottewell discusses how the recent discovery of a star swallowing a late planet can help refine an estimate for part of the Drake Equation.

Oceans for 4 Uranus’ moons likely, astronomers say

A new study suggests oceans for 4 Uranus' moons. If true, they'd join a growing number of ocean worlds in the outer part of our solar system.