Earth and space exploration

Tau Ceti: The next Earth? Probably not

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
by Nikki Cassis

The list of potential life-supporting planets just got a little shorter. 

An 'out-of-this-world' honor: Asteroids named for 2 ASU faculty members

Monday, August 4, 2014
by Nikki Cassis

How would you like to have an asteroid named after you? For two Arizona State University professors, that’s exactly what has happened!

"Dear Aliens" winner announced

Thursday, April 7, 2011

"Dear Aliens, Please help us save our world. Not, from you, from ourselves." This is the opening to the winning entry from ASU's "Dear Aliens" contest. The full letter will be beamed into space on April 9.

ASU launches "Dear Aliens" contest for kids

Monday, February 28, 2011

What would you say to an extraterrestrial life form if you were contacted from outer space? That is the question that author Lucy Hawkins is asking students throughout Maricopa County to answer in a "Dear Aliens" essay competition.

Through the cosmic looking-glass

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
by Nikki Staab and Diane Boudreau

GalaxiesLooking deep into space is like experiencing the universe in a house of mirrors where everything is distorted. The distortion is actually caused by gravity.

Helping scientists "see"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
by Matthew C. Button

When researchers need to take measurements under the ocean, on glaciers or even on other planets, they turn to Alberto Behar. He helps them overcome the challenges of using sensors in extreme conditions.

Happy birthday, Hubble!

Monday, April 26, 2010
by Nikki Staab

Hubble imageApril 24 was the 20th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's launch. ASU astronomer Rogier Windhorst shares the lessons he's learned from Hubble and his favorite space images.

Telescope takes photos of the past

Friday, January 8, 2010
by Nikki Staab and Diane Boudreau

The latest image from the Hubble Space Telescope gives us a glimpse of 12 billion years of cosmic history. It shows us what the universe looked like in the past.

Topsy turvy earth

Monday, August 3, 2009
by Diane Boudreau

The Earth isn’t well-behaved. For starters, our planet doesn’t stand up straight. It also doesn’t move in perfect circles. It tilts and wobbles. Sometimes it orbits the sun in an egg-shaped pattern. All this wiggling and wobbling has an effect on weather.

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