Skywatchers are on the lookout for China's Tiangong-1 space lab — and the seeing is good.
Amazing new video of a Mars-bound parachute shows the special device unfurling faster than the speed of sound.
Mashed potatoes are one of the most enduring memories for SETI Institute senior astronomer Seth Shostak as he thinks back to his first viewing of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" four decades ago.
The interstellar asteroid that zoomed past Earth last month is like nothing we’ve seen before, new observations reveal.
While rocket science is notoriously tough to understand, a new book by an aerospace engineer shows it can be explained in a simple way.
This challenges the history of astronomy and tells us that Aboriginal Australians were even more careful observers of the night sky than they have been given credit for.
The short answer is that most satellites don't come back to Earth at all. Most of them burn to a crisp before they get anywhere near the ground.
A faint spiral galaxy lurks in deep space in this stunning view of the Pleiades, an open star cluster in the constellation Taurus.
It's almost time to bid a fond farewell to the showpiece of the solar system: the magnificent ringed planet Saturn.
Injecting particles into the atmosphere would deflect some of the sun’s incoming radiation, but a new study predicts it would also likely alter tropical storm patterns in the Atlantic and increase the risk of drought in Africa.
Mariner 9, which arrived at Mars in November of 1971, was the first spacecraft to orbit a planet other than Earth, and sent back more than 7,000 images the Red Planet.
Atlas, a new disaster robot can execute amazing human-like acrobatic feats such as backflips and in-air pirouettes.
The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), the first of an advanced new fleet of weather satellites, launched into space on Nov. 18, 2017 to begin its vital mission. See photos from the launch and preparations here in our mission gallery.
The first in a series of four advanced polar-orbiting satellites has launched to space, turning its watchful eye to improving the accuracy of weather forecasts and Earth observations.
Cosmologist Stephen Hawking is regarded as a brilliant theoretical physicist. His work on black holes and the big bang are topics of popular books.
It's Black Friday, space fans, so here's a roundup of the best online deals for out-of-this-world "Star Wars" merchandise on Amazon.
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has detected yet another black hole merger — their fifth since 2015, and involving some of the lightest black holes the instrument has ever detected.
The first cat to fly in space and live to meow about it is getting her own statue, thanks to the crowdfunded support of more than 1,100 of her fans.
NASA released a video explaining how it will focus the mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope, currently scheduled to launch in mid-2019.
In this edition of Mobile Astronomy, we'll show you how to use your favorite mobile astronomy app to find Uranus and Neptune, and even see some of their moons!