Space & Astronomy News

Launch Photos: Spy Satellite NROL-71 Soars on Secret Mission Atop Delta IV Heavy Rocket
On Jan. 19, 2019, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket launched the clandestine NROL-71 spy satellite on a secret mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. See amazing photos of the launch here. read more...

Under a Blood Moon: A Look at Famous Lunar Eclipses in History
On the evening of Jan. 20, the moon will undergo a total eclipse, visible over all of the Americas. read more...

US Launching Secret Spy Satellite Today! Here's How to Watch Live
The United States plans to launch a hush-hush spy satellite Saturday (Jan. 19), and you can watch the liftoff live. read more...

Physicists Want to Build an Even More Powerful Atom Smasher at CERN
The search for the universe's hidden particles continues read more...

How Long Is a Day on Saturn? Scientists Finally Solve a Lingering Mystery
Set your timers for 10 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds — scientists have finally figured out how long a day lasts on Saturn, cracking a lingering mystery about the ringed gas giant. read more...

SpaceX to Shift Starship Work From California to Texas
Less than a week after laying off 10 percent of its employees, SpaceX said Jan. 16 that it plans to shift work on at least prototypes of its next-generation launch system from Los Angeles to Texas. read more...

Blue Origin to Launch 10th New Shepard Test Flight Monday
Blue Origin's New Shepard suborbital spaceflight system will fly for the 10th time on Monday (Jan. 21), if all goes according to plan. read more...

Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse of 2019: Complete Guide
Overnight from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2019, millions of people in North and South America can enjoy a full hour of a total lunar eclipse. read more...

On This Day in Space! Jan. 19, 2006: New Horizons Launched
On January 19, 2006, NASA launched a spacecraft to Pluto! New Horizons is a spacecraft about the size of a grand piano, and it became the first spacecraft to fly by Pluto. See how it happened in our On This Day In Space video series! read more...

Super Blood Wolf Moon Webcasts! How to Watch the 2019 Total Lunar Eclipse Online
Catch the January 2019 total lunar eclipse on your digital devices if weather or circumstances prevent direct viewing of the marvelous celestial event. read more...

Space Calendar 2019: Launches, Sky Events & More
Here's a guide to the major astronomical events of the next year, as well as space launches and milestones for spacecraft already in travel. read more...

NASA's Cassini Saturn Probe Makes Cameo in 'Star Trek: Discovery' Season 2 Premiere
Viewers watching "Star Trek: Discovery" last night (Jan. 17) were treated to a more realistic, awe-inspiring view of Saturn's rings, courtesy of the real-world Cassini spacecraft. read more...

Spock Is Missing in 'Star Trek: Discovery' Season 2 Premiere, 'Brother'
The full gravity of the situation becomes clear in the first episode of "Star Trek: Discovery" Season 2. read more...

A Memorable Plot Twist Dominates 'The Orville' Episode 'Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes'
Deception, drama, doomed relationships — it's all in the latest episode of "The Orville." read more...

Image of the Day
Although it's classified as an elliptical galaxy, Messier 89 appears to be almost perfectly spherical, which is highly unusual. However, astronomers suspect that Messier 89's peculiar shape could just be an illusion. read more...

Lego's Epic 'Apocalypseburg' Echoes Iconic Sci-Fi Scene for 'The Lego Movie 2'
You can re-enact the climactic scene of 1968's "Planet of the Apes" with Charlton Heston's astronaut character screaming on the beach next to the Statue of Liberty, thanks to a new Lego set based on "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part." read more...

Shy Milky Way Peeks Out from Behind Trees in Winter UK Photo
A full-dome fisheye view shows 180 degrees of the night sky over the United Kingdom's Peak District on a crystal-clear winter night. read more...

In Photos: The Awesome Space-y 'The Lego Movie 2' Building Sets!
Check out these awesome new Lego sets that have been released for "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part." read more...

In Photos: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launches the Last Iridium Next Communications Satellites
SpaceX launched its eighth and final batch of Iridium Next communications satellites into orbit on Jan. 11, 2019. See photos of the historic mission here! read more...

Huge New Solar Telescope Shares Science Excitement with Neighboring Schools
This summer, the most powerful solar telescope ever built should make its first observations of our sun — but the excitement isn't just for scientists, the telescope team believes. read more...