Space & Astronomy News

Space Calendar 2018: 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 spacecrafts already in travel. read more...

US Air Force's New Missile-Warning Satellite Launching Tonight: Watch It Live
The U.S. Air Force's newest early-warning satellite for missile defense will launch into space from Florida tonight (Jan. 18) and you can watch the action live online. read more...

Image of the Day
Saturn's south pole looks like a linty, cosmic belly button in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Cassini captured this view on Sept. 10, 2008, and citizen scientist Kevin Gill processed the raw data to create this stunning color image. read more...

Lawmakers Prod SpaceX and NASA on Fate of Secret Zuma Mission
House lawmakers on Wednesday (Jan. 17) pressed SpaceX and NASA officials on what exactly happened to the secret Zuma spacecraft launched into space this month on one of the company's Falcon 9 rockets. read more...

Space.com Talks with Astronaut Scott Tingle in Space Today!
Today at 12:20 p.m. EST (1720 GMT), Space.com will make a long-distance connection with NASA astronaut Scott Tingle on the International Space Station, and we want you to join us! Do you have a question for Tingle in space? Let us know! read more...

Satellite Images Capture Rare Snowfall in the Sahara Desert
Satellite photos show parts of Africa's Sahara Desert blanketed in snow following a rare winter storm that occurred on Jan. 7, 2018. read more...

Lunar Fountain? Accessible Ice Could Lurk in Moon's Lava Tubes
New images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggest there is an underground network of lava tubes beneath the lunar surface that could offer astronauts easy access to water. read more...

On This Day In Space! Jan. 18, 2002: Gemini South Observatory Dedicated
On January 18, 2002, the National Science Foundation formally opened the Gemini South telescope in Chile. This became the second telescope to make up the Gemini Observatory. See how it happened in our On This Day In Space video series here. read more...

What Is the Biggest Thing in the Universe?
Earth and even the sun are puny compared to a mighty, hulking source of gamma-rays. read more...

Trash-Blasting Lasers Could Help Clean Up Space Junk, China Says
Lasers: the ultimate cleaning solution. read more...

Binary Star Systems: Classification and Evolution
Binary stars are two stars orbiting a common center of mass. read more...

J.J. Abrams Shopping Sci-Fi TV Space Show: Report
Director J.J. Abrams is shopping a TV spec-script for a new sci-fi show set in space, according to The Hollywood Reporter. read more...

GAO Warns of Further Delays in Certifying Commercial Crew Vehicles for NASA
A government analysis of schedules concluded those vehicles may not be certified to carry NASA astronauts until late 2019 or 2020. read more...

Air Force Launches New Project to Update Missile-Warning Ground Software
The "future operationally resilient ground evolution," or FORGE, is part of a broader SBIRS modernization plan. read more...

Star's Odd Moves May Reveal Secret Black Hole
A distant star may be hiding a black hole secret. read more...

'Castle Cloud' Caught in Spectacular Astronaut Photo
It looks like a ghostly medieval tower — like something out of "Game of Thrones" — looming over the crystal-blue Caribbean waters of the Bahamas. read more...

Fireball Over Michigan: Did Meteor Really Cause an Earthquake?
The earthshaking rumblings felt in Michigan last night weren't an earthquake, but rather vibrations from a booming noise caused by a meteor whizzing overhead, according to the National Earthquake Information Center. read more...

Brilliant Fireball Shakes Southeastern Michigan with 2.0 Earthquake
A brilliant fireball lit up the night sky over southeastern Michigan Tuesday (Jan. 16), dazzling skywatchers lucky enough to see it. Many more felt the earth shake from the meteor's sonic boom, according to media reports. read more...

'First to the Moon' Film Seeks Crowd Funds for Apollo 8 50th Anniversary Release
A feature-length documentary about the first humans to fly to the moon needs the public's help to be ready in time for the mission's 50th anniversary. read more...

How We Created a Mini 'Gamma Ray Burst' in the Lab for the First Time
Gamma ray bursts, intense explosions of light, are the brightest events ever observed in the universe – lasting no longer than seconds or minutes. read more...