Sept. 24, 2013
Comet ISON is still more than two months away from its spectacular close encounter with the sun. Already, the brightening comet has become a good target for backyard telescopes in the pre-dawn sky.
March 10, 2013
Vegetation growth at Earth's northern latitudes increasingly resembles lusher latitudes to the south, according to a NASA-funded study. "It's like Winnipeg, Manitoba, moving to Minneapolis-Saint Paul in only 30 years," says one of the lead researchers.
Feb. 6, 2013
A comet falling in from the distant reaches of the solar system could become a naked-eye object in early March. This is Comet Pan-STARRS's first visit to the inner solar system, so surprises are possible as its virgin ices are exposed to intense solar heating for the first time.
May 30, 2013
Newly-obtained radar images of approaching asteroid 1998 QE2 reveal that the asteroid has a moon.
June 7, 2013
Scientists working with NASA's 70-meter Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif., have released a new and improved movie clip of near-Earth asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon.
April 14, 2013
A particle detector on board the International Space Station has recorded intriguing signs of Dark Matter. Researchers say that a significant advance in cosmology could be in the offing.
May 30, 2013
NASA is tracking a large near-Earth asteroid as it passes by the Earth-Moon system on May 31st. Amateur astronomers in the northern hemisphere may be able to see the space rock for themselves during the 1st week of June.
May 24, 2013
Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope are making weather maps of an exotic class of exoplanets called "hot Jupiters." What they're finding is wilder than anything we experience here in our own solar system.
May 16, 2013
NASA researchers who monitor the Moon for meteoroid impacts have detected the brightest explosion in the history of their program. It was caused by a small boulder-sized meteoroid hitting the Moon with as much energy as 5 tons of TNT.
April 26, 2013
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided the first direct evidence of small meteoroids crashing into Saturn's rings and breaking into streams of rubble.