Space & Astronomy News

In Photos: India's Most Powerful Rocket Aces 2nd Test Launch!
The Indian Space Research Organisation's most powerful rocket aced its second orbital test flight on Nov. 14, 2018, delivering the GSAT-29 communications satellite into orbit. read more...

Blastoff! Russian Spaceship Launches Tons of Supplies to Space Station
During a midnight launch, the Russian space agency blasted thousands of pounds of supplies up to the three astronauts living on the International Space Station. It was the first of two cargo missions lifting off this week. read more...

Intergalactic Thriller 'Origin' Now Streaming on YouTube
YouTube Premium subscribers can now watch all 10 episodes of the new intergalactic thriller "Origin," and the first two are free for anyone to stream. read more...

NASA's Orion Space Capsule Sails at Sunset in This Awesome Video
Need a virtual vacation? NASA has you covered, thanks to a well-timed test procedure for their Orion crew capsule. read more...

Spectacular Photos: NASA Practices Orion Space Capsule Recovery at Sea
NASA set off for the Pacific Ocean to test recovery procedures for the agency's Orion capsule, which is destined to carry humans to the moon and beyond. read more...

The 2018 Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend! Here's What to Expect
Come early Sunday morning (Nov. 18), the famous Leonid meteor shower will reach its peak, with lesser numbers expected on the preceding and following mornings. read more...

Russia Will Launch a Cargo Ship to the Space Station Today! Here's How to Watch.
Russia has prepared its next care package for astronauts onboard the International Space Station in a shipment scheduled to blast off today (Nov. 16). read more...

On This Day in Space! Nov. 16, 1974: Arecibo Observatory Broadcasts Interstellar Message
On Nov. 16, 1974, humans sent their first message to the stars in an attempt to contact extraterrestrials. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series! read more...

In Photos: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Es'hail-2 Satellite, Then Lands Back on Earth
On Nov. 15, 2018, SpaceX launched a used Falcon 9 rocket carrying a satellite for Qatar, then returned the booster's first stage to Earth for a pinpoint landing. See photos from the awesome launch here! read more...

Image of the Day
A vapor cone forms around the nose of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in this amazing photo from the Nov. 15, 2018 launch of the Es'Hail-2 communications satellite from Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. read more...

Signal Blip Sparks False Alarm for NASA's Opportunity Rover on Mars
No, NASA's Opportunity rover has not awakened from its long slumber on Mars. read more...

What Is a Blue Moon?
A Blue Moon is not typically blue, but it can be. read more...

A Used SpaceX Rocket Just Launched a Satellite for Qatar, Then Aced a Landing
A Falcon 9 rocket with a pre-flown first stage successfully launched the Es'hail-2 communications satellite today (Nov. 15). And the first stage aced its landing, touching down on a SpaceX "droneship" off the Florida coast. read more...

NASA, Northrop Grumman Postpone Space Station Cargo Ship Launch to Saturday
NASA and Northrop Grumman have postponed the launch of an Antares rocket carrying fresh supplies for the International Space Station for 24 hours due to bad weather. The launch will now lift off early Saturday, Nov. 17, NASA officials said. read more...

Superbrilliant Galaxy Got Its Energy by Gobbling Up Its Neighbors
The most luminous galaxy known appears to have devoured three smaller galaxies at the same time, revealing details about why it shone so brightly. read more...

Watch SpaceX Launch a Satellite and Land a Rocket Today!
SpaceX plans to launch a communications satellite and land a rocket today (Nov. 15) at 3:46 p.m. EST (2046 GMT), and you can catch all the action live. read more...

Epic Crash of Neutron Stars Creates 'Hypermassive Magnetar'
The historic neutron-star crash that astronomers observed last year generated a hypermassive, supermagnetic neutron star, a recent study suggests. read more...

Voyager 2 Creeps Closer to the Edge of the Solar System
Going, going — nope, it's still just going, NASA says of its Voyager 2 probe, which the agency realized was approaching the edge of the solar system back in early October. read more...

How Satellites Are Tracking Devastation of California Wildfires from Space
The late-season Camp wildfire is still raging across Northern California, but firefighters are gradually corralling the Woolsey Fire, which has burned swaths of Southern California. read more...

Lost Continents Beneath Antarctica Unveiled in Dead Satellite's Data
Ancient continents were found under Antarctic ice, thanks to old data from a now-dead European satellite. read more...