Space & Astronomy News

Apocalypse Now? Doomsday Predictions Are Just Recycled Bogus Theories
Just six years after radio preacher Harold Camping promised the apocalypse, and five years after the end of the Mayan calendar was supposed to extinguish life on Earth as we know it, new doomsday predictions have arrived. This time, they come via YouTube. read more...

In Order for Asteroid Mining to Become a Reality, We'll Need Better Telescopes
A paper presented at a planetary science conference reflects the input of engineers and asteroid scientists to discuss the best approaches for space mining. read more...

7 Lessons 'Star Trek' Taught Us About Life, Leadership and Diversity
Here are seven of the many lessons that "Star Trek" taught us, in honor of the new series "Star Trek Discovery" making its debut Sept. 24. read more...

Kirk or Picard? We Asked the 'Star Trek: Discovery' Stars Some Classic Questions
Space.com talked with the stars and creators of "Star Trek: Discovery" about their favorite leaders and technologies from the franchise, and their biggest nerd-out moments on the set of the new TV show. read more...

Watch Live Tonight! Atlas V Rocket Launching Spy Satellite @ 10:30 pm PT
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the NROL-42 satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office no earlier than late Saturday (Sept. 23). Liftoff is set for 10:30 p.m. PDT (1:30 a.m. EDT/0530 GMT). Watch live here. read more...

Dwarf Planet Pluto: Facts About the Icy Former Planet
Learn about the discovery of dwarf planet Pluto, its fascinating orbit and atmosphere and the controversy surrounding its planetary status. read more...

Astronauts Celebrate Autumn Equinox 2017 With One Last Aloha Friday
It's the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere, but the astronauts on the International Space Station wore summery Hawaiian shirts, and posed for some stylish photos. read more...

NASA's Earthquake 'Damage Map' Shows Destruction in Mexico
A new satellite-imagery map could help Mexico respond more effectively to Tuesday's (Sept. 19) powerful Raboso earthquake, which killed hundreds of people and damaged countless buildings. read more...

15 of the Most Bizarre Alien Species Featured in Star Trek
"Star Trek" is filled with unusual aliens, ranging from the humanoid to the crystalloid to the god-like. Here are some of the more unique species from the live-action series of "Star Trek." read more...

'Star Trek Discovery' Boldly Makes TV Debut on Sunday
After a 12-year gap between television series, "Star Trek" is finally coming back to a network television service. read more...

6 'Star Trek' Captains, Ranked from Worst to Best
The main "Star Trek" captains have so many diverse personalities, but Space.com does its best to rank everybody. read more...

Solar Eclipses: When Is the Next One?
Solar eclipses are one of nature’s grandest events. What is a solar eclipse? Why are there different kinds of solar eclipses? How do they work? And when is the next one? We explain. read more...

Hurricane Maria Damages Parts of Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory
Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory has sustained some significant damage from Hurricane Maria, officials reported Friday (Sept. 22). read more...

In Photos: Hurricane Maria Seen from Space
Hurricane Maria peaked as a massive Category 5 storm as it rolled across the Caribbean in September 2017. See photos of Hurricane Maria from space by satellites in our gallery here. read more...

NASA Spacecraft Buzzes Earth on Way to Distant Asteroid Bennu
The OSIRIS-REx probe zoomed past our planet this afternoon (Sept. 22), a little over a year after launching on a mission to the big near-Earth asteroid Bennu. 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
Citizen scientist Gerald Eichstädt processed data from NASA's Juno spacecraft to create this picture of a sliver of Jupiter. The view focuses on features in Jupiter's dark band that are nicknamed "Whale's Tail" and "Dan's Spot." read more...

Hurricane Maria: See the Latest Videos from Space
NOAA satellites and International Space Station cameras have been capturing imagery of the storm since it was developing in the Atlantic Ocean. read more...

Celebrate the Autumn Equinox 2017 with Jupiter, Moon Conjunction
While residents of the northern half of the Earth prepare for shorter days and colder weather — the first day of fall is Friday (Sept. 22) — there is a sky spectacle to enjoy. read more...

The 15 Best Ships on Star Trek, from V-ger to the Vengeance
We love the ships in "Star Trek," not only because they travel fast or because they are often used outside of their design parameters, but also because they challenge the ideas of design in general. Here are 15 of the most memorable vessels. read more...