A Nasa/Esa Hubble Space Telescope image showing the complexity of the “Twin Jet Nebula”. It highlights the nebula’s shells and its expanding gas

Stars die every day but sometimes they do so in a spectacular fashion. And the show gets even better when there are two stars at the end of their days(...)

A solar eclipse viewed from the Australian outback in 2002. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Precisely two years and a day from today, the moon’s shadow will sweep across the United States at a speed of more than 2,000km per hour. The Great(...)

This  satellite image shows the far side of the moon as it crosses between the DSCOVR spacecraft and Earth. Photograph: Nasa 0:28

Nasa has released a stunning animation showing a unique view of the moon as it was photographed last month passing between the sunlit side of Earth an(...)

Worldwide the amount of carbon dioxide emitted has grown year-on-year for the past two decades. 0:38

When US president Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan this weekend it put climate change firmly back into the media limelight and into publi(...)

Nasa/JPL-Caltech handout shows an artist’s conception of one possible appearance of the nearest rocky exoplanet found to date outside our solar system. Image: AFP/Getty Images

Astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside the solar system. Using Nasa’s Spitzer Space Telescope astronomers were a(...)

Amazon plans to deliver packages via drone within 30 minutes. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

Amazon is proposing that a slice of airspace above the world’s cities and suburbs should be set aside for the deployment of high-speed aerial drones (...)

Ariel Waldman: the former Nasa employee is keen to break down perceived barriers to science via the ‘Science Hack Day’ events

All-nighters are not fun. Whether catching up on office work, studying for an exam or doing extra project research, they rarely feel productive. Howe(...)

New Horizons scientists used enhanced color images to detect differences in the composition and texture of Pluto’s surface. Photograph: EPA/NASA. 0:57

New photos of Pluto released by Nasa reveal flows of nitrogen ice filling up craters, an atmosphere that could be on the verge of collapse, and a m(...)

An artist’s impression compares Earth (left) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b, which is about 60 per cent larger in diameter. Photograph: Nasa/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

Nasa says it has discovered an earth-like planet in a “habitable zone” around a star similar to the sun. Scientists using Nasa’s powerful Kepler tel(...)

The accident destroyed an unmanned Dragon cargo ship about two minutes after it lifted off from Florida for the International Space Station. Photograph: Mike Brown/Reuters

A faulty metal brace in an unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket likely triggered the explosion that destroyed the booster minutes after liftoff from Florid(...)