June 24, 2013
The count of known asteroids and comets that can come close to Earth continues to mount. The 10,000th near-Earth object, asteroid 2013 MZ5, was detected on June 18, 2013, by the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope.
Dec. 10, 2013
Earth-orbiting satellites have found the coldest place on Earth. No surprise: It's in Antarctica. The coldest of the cold temperatures dropped to minus 135.8 F (minus 93.2 C) -- several degrees below the previous record.
Oct. 25, 2013
Astronauts aren't the only ones who need to worry about solar flares. High-latitude air travelers can also be exposed to significant doses of radiation during solar storms. A new computer model developed by NASA aims to help protect the public by predicting space weather hazards to aviation.
July 17, 2013
Consider it the first interplanetary photobomb. On July 19th, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will photograph Earth through the rings of Saturn--and NASA wants you to jump into the shot.
Dec. 13, 2013
The Geminid meteor shower is underway. Forecasters say the best time to look is during the dark hours before sunrise on Saturday morning, Dec. 14th. Dark-sky observers could see dozens of bright shooting stars.
Nov. 1, 2013
As Voyager 1 recedes from the solar system, researchers are listening for "interstellar music" to learn more about conditions outside the heliosphere.
Aug. 17, 2013
An exotic class of exoplanets called "hot Jupiters" are even weirder than astronomers imagined. While these worlds may have Earth-like blue skies, new data show that they are anything but Earth-like.
Aug. 5, 2013
Something big is happening on the sun. The sun's global magnetic field is poised to reverse polarity, a sign that Solar Max has arrived.
Feb. 13, 2013
Forecasters say solar maximum is due in 2013. To prepare, the UN is organizing an international response to stormy space weather.
July 15, 2013
Drinking coffee in space is surprisingly tricky. Physicists researching the strange behavior of fluids onboard the International Space Station have invented a zero-g coffee cup to make the morning "cuppa Joe" a little easier to swallow.