| Mar 20, 2014
| 8:15 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California took a big step Thursday toward what astronomers predict will be vastly improved exploration of the solar system and universe.
The UC regents approved the university's participation in the...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The shutters to the dome sheltering the 200-inch telescope on Palomar Mountain open with a clunk. With a steady purr of the two-horsepower motors, the twin panels, 115 tons each, begin to part.
A twilight sky slowly breaks over the curved edge....
| Mar 8, 2014
| 10:48 AM
In a young, nearby solar system, scientists have discovered giant clouds of poison gas -- the smoking gun from a violent encounter, astronomers say. Based on massive amounts of carbon monoxide gas around the star Beta Pictoris, either two Mars-sized...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 5:49 PM
Using a brand-new technique, scientists using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope have found 715 confirmed planets huddling around 305 stars, nearly triple Kepler’s previous total of 246 confirmed planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Nearly 95% of...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 4:22 PM
Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, two research teams have discovered thick layers of high-altitude clouds covering the atmospheres of two relatively nearby exoplanets: a super-Earth and a "warm Neptune."
Scientists are beginning to get a handle...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 6:14 PM
Using a powerful radio telescope, scientists have spotted an enormous cloud of dust billowing in the center of a supernova - finally.
The discovery, announced at the American Astronomical Society, helps to confirm what scientists have long thought -...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 10:48 PM
A quartet of galaxies spied with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are among the oldest yet discovered — more than 13 billion years old, born just 500 million years after the big bang. They're also incredibly bright, so luminous that they offer a new...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 10:56 AM
Was that a lunar eclipse last Friday? Not so fast …
A Hampton Roads resident thought she saw a lunar eclipse last Friday just after dusk. She told the Daily Press she even pulled off the road and stopped to get a better look.
But … was...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 7:02 PM
Imagine a planet that wobbles so wildly that its seasons are constantly shifting and its constellations speed across the sky. Astronomers using data from the planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope have found just such a weird world, twirling like a top...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 4:35 PM
An asteroid the length of three football fields has eluded astronomers once again.
"If we see it, that will be historic because we've reacquired a potentially hazardous asteroid," astronomer Bob Berman said Monday night. "If it turns out we can't see...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 1:45 PM
Staring into the dramatic corpse of a dead star known as Cassiopeia A, astronomers using NASA's NuSTAR X-ray telescope have for the first time mapped out radioactive titanium in a supernova. Charting this astrophysical frontier, as described in the...