Space & Astronomy News

The Best Black Friday 2017 Deals for Space Fans
It's Black Friday, space fans, so here's a round-up of the best deals online for out-of-this-world telescopes, toys and more. read more...

Black Friday 2017 Deal: Elegoo Smart Robot Car Kit V3.0
Black Friday 2017 is upon us and there are tons of deals for space fans on Amazon, but if you're looking for something special (and educational) for your little space cadet, this Elegoo Smart Robot Car V3.0 kit might be just the thing. read more...

NASA Drone Race Pits Man Against Machine (Video)
To showcase NASA's accomplishments on artificially intelligent navigation, the agency invited professional drone racer Ken Loo to go toe-to-toe with their software. read more...

See Elusive Planet Mercury at Its Best This Thanksgiving
Now is the time to look up and see Mercury, a planet that usually lingers too close to the sun for skywatchers on Earth to observe. read more...

Thanksgiving in Space Means Turkey, Work and Football for Astronauts
Astronauts may not be able to raise turkeys in the International Space Station (ISS), but that doesn't stop the spacefarers from having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner! read more...

Losing Darkness: Satellite Data Shows Global Light Pollution On the Rise
A study using data from an Earth-observing weather satellite shows that in both developed and developing nations, Earth's night skies are being filled with artificial light more and more each year. read more...

'Black Hole Friday!' European Space Agency's Shop Launches Cosmic Sale
The European Space Agency has hopped on the Black Friday bandwagon this year and is giving customers 15 percent off of shirts, hats and other space swag in the gift shop this weekend (Nov. 24–27). read more...

For Thanksgiving Travelers, Stormy Weather Ahead on US Coasts (Satellite Photo)
Foul weather could make Thanksgiving travel rough for a lot of folks, a new satellite photo shows. read more...

Ghostly Cosmic Neutrinos Are Stopped Cold by Planet Earth, New Study Shows
Scientists searching for ghostly subatomic particles called neutrinos from cosmic sources made an important stride in understanding how to catch these slippery specters. read more...

Incite Wonder and Inspire Your Kids by Giving the Gift of Science (Op-Ed)
Looking for ways to entertain your kids this holiday season? Stop looking down at touch-screen devices, and look up at the universe. read more...

Thanksgiving Dinner in Space: How Astronauts Dine on Turkey Day
There aren't any turkeys in space, but that doesn't stop astronauts from enjoying Thanksgiving dinner at the space station! See what NASA has on the Turkey Day menu for astronauts in space. read more...

NASA's Next Mars Lander Passes Big Test Ahead of May 2018 Launch
The spacecraft, known as InSight, has just completed "thermal vac" testing here at a facility owned by its builder, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. read more...

'Star Trek' Quiz: 12 Questions to Help You Live Long and Prosper
The "Star Trek" franchise is a huge universe, and it can be intimidating to beam into if you're not a core Trekkie. But never fear — Space.com has a quiz fit for even beginner Trekkies fresh from Starfleet Academy. Are you ready? Let's warp to it! read more...

Budweiser's Space-Bound Barley Seeds to Advance First 'Bud on Mars'
Budweiser is sending 20 barley seeds to the International Space Station to further its bid to become the first beer on Mars. read more...

Space Calendar 2017: 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...

Image of the Day
The E. coli AntiMicrobial Satellite (EcAMSat) is pictured moments after being ejected into orbit by the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer at the International Space Station on Tuesday (Nov. 21). read more...

Beautiful Saturn: Cassini Team Unveils Farewell Photo of Ringed Planet
A newly released photo taken by NASA's Cassini probe two days before its Saturn death dive shows the planet and its iconic rings in all their glory. read more...

Space Station Astronauts Share Thanksgiving Memories (Video)
While Americans all over the country will celebrate Thanksgiving with their families, the astronauts on Expedition 53 on the International Space Station will need to stay where they are — in orbit. read more...

Thanksgiving Night Sky 2017: Saturn, Mercury (& the Moon) On the Menu
Thanksgiving is often thought of as the one time of the year for family and friends to get together. But after the afternoon feast has been consumed, why not go for some stargazing? read more...

Flat-Earther to Launch Himself in Homemade Steam Rocket Saturday
A flat-Earth enthusiast who claims not to believe in science plans to launch himself 1,800 feet (550 meters) above California's Mojave Desert in a homemade steam rocket on Saturday (Nov. 25), the Associated Press reported. read more...