| Jan 31, 2015
| 12:35 PM
Reports of evidence of cosmic inflation may have been, well, overblown.
When the BICEP2 team announced last year that they had found signs of cosmic inflation, the universe’s powerful growth spurt that had been predicted but that had never been...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 11:15 PM
Charles Townes, the Columbia University physicist who transformed modern society with his invention of the maser and the laser, receiving the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics for his effort, has died. He was 99.
Townes, who had been in failing health, died...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 9:03 PM
The oldest planetary system ever found has been spotted by astronomers. The ancient star and five small, Earth-like planets are about 11.2 billion years old.
Until now, scientists questioned whether rocky planets could have formed so long ago, just 2....
| Jan 27, 2015
| 7:41 AM
Australian astronomers picked up an “alien” radio burst from space in real time last year, but say the chances of it coming from a sentient source are slim to none.
It’s not the first radio blast picked up by terrestrials here on...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 7:50 AM
A huge asteroid will make a near-Earth pass Monday night, giving us a preview of an event that could have our descendants sweating.
Asteroid 2004 BL86, about five football fields wide, will come within 745,000 miles of Earth -- about three times as...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 5:30 PM
A mountainous asteroid will make a near-Earth pass Monday night, giving us a preview of an event that could have our descendants sweating, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Asteroid 2004 BL86, about five football fields wide, will come within 745,000 miles...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 8:56 AM
An asteroid five football fields wide will make a near-Earth flyby on Monday, and you may be able to see it at the witching hour with a pair of strong binoculars.
Late Monday -- particularly at midnight -- will be prime time for trying to catch a...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 6:00 AM
Pluto, get ready for your close-up.
After traveling nine years across more than 3 billion miles of space, a spacecraft the size of a grand piano is about to give humanity its first high-resolution view of the dwarf planet that's about two-thirds the...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 3:05 PM
That's the geocentric gist of "The Principle," a shrewdly orchestrated documentary that's intent on restoring Earth's former status as the center of the universe — the going belief until a guy named Nicolaus Copernicus gave...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 10:00 AM
California sky watchers may be able to see two celestial bodies zooming past Earth in the next few days with just a pair of binoculars.
If they're savvy.
Comet Lovejoy, which won't be back for 8,000 years, is visible in the night sky, and on Monday an...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 12:05 PM
SEATTLE At the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society last week, the booth devoted to a revolutionary new telescope called the LSST got a lot of traffic.
Staffed by scientists from the University of Washington and other institutions, the...