| Sep 20, 2014
| 5:58 PM
Monday is the first day of autumn. This is according to the chart of astronomical seasons and the little calendar here at my desk. Sept. 22, astronomers believe, is the first day of the fall season this year. Astronomers also believe, ridiculously, that...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 5:51 PM
Sometimes big surprises come wrapped in tiny galactic packages. That’s the strange find from a team of astronomers who discovered an enormous supermassive black hole in a very unlikely place: at the center of an ultracompact dwarf galaxy.
| Sep 17, 2014
| 11:25 PM
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's first mission to Mars will attempt to put a spacecraft in orbit around the red planet next week, in a crucial test of a low-cost project carrying the country's hopes to join the leaders of a global space race.
| Sep 12, 2014
| 10:13 AM
The northern lights might be coming to Chicago tonight and they're not playing at Riot Fest.
A large "coronal mass ejection"—the technical term for a bunch of charged photons from the sun jetting toward earth—that occured Wednesday will hit...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 1:23 PM
New video provides an amazing view of a recent solar eruption captured by a NASA spacecraft orbiting the sun. Material can be seen bursting from the surface of the sun in an M-class coronal mass ejection.
What makes this footage particularly intriguing,...
| Sep 7, 2014
| 5:05 PM
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The intricate workings of a rare and remarkable mind are rendered in simple, accessible terms in "The Theory of Everything,". Striving to pay equal tribute to Hawking's first wife, Jane (on whose memoir the film is based),...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 1:52 PM
Star Walk ($2.99 for iPhone, iPad in an HD version, Android and Kindle; $2.49 for Windows phone; and $4.99 for iPad)
What it is: an interactive astronomy guide that harnesses your device's GPS to show you where constellations are in relation to your...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 3:12 PM
A recently discovered asteroid about the size of a house will make a relatively close pass by Earth on Sunday, flying just past the communication satellites that circle the planet, scientists said.
NASA said the asteroid, known as 2014 RC, poses no...
| Sep 7, 2014
| 8:24 PM
If a bus-sized iron asteroid traveling at approximately 12 miles per second hit New York City, would Baltimore be spared?
The answer to this and other space questions can be found in Discover Space, an interactive learning exhibit on display at the...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 12:38 PM
Home, supercluster home. Astronomers studying the skies have found that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is part of an enormous supercluster of galaxies that has been named Laniakea, which comes from the Hawaiian words for “immeasurable heaven.”...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 12:16 PM
CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - The Milky Way galaxy resides on the outskirts of a massive, previously unknown galaxy super-cluster scientists have named Laniakea, from Hawaiian words for "immeasurable heaven."
The discovery, reported in this week's...