Earth's Place in the Universe

  1. Planets

    Catching a Comet’s Tail

    A closeup visit by a NASA spacecraft helps show how a comet gets its shape.

  2. Space

    Asteroid lost and found

    A long-lost asteroid that came close to Earth in 1937 has been spotted again.

  3. Fossils

    Did dinosaurs do handstands?

    Enormous dinosaurs might have balanced on their front feet when wading in shallow water.

  4. Space

    Big galaxy swallows little galaxy

    Astronomers find a convincing case of a large galaxy caught in the act of eating a smaller one.

  5. Planets

    A planet from the early universe

    Astronomers have found the oldest and most distant planet known in the universe.

  6. Planets

    A planet’s slim-fast plan

    A planet orbiting very close to its sun can quickly lose weight.

  7. Space

    Black holes that burp

    Some black holes in outer space may actually spit out as much material as they suck in.

  8. Space

    A galaxy far, far, far away

    Astronomers have glimpsed some of the most distant galaxies yet found.