| 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...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 4:05 PM
For a brief moment last September, a flash on the moon shone about as bright as the North Star, Polaris, giving away the biggest crash from a space rock hitting the lunar surface ever caught on camera, astronomers say.
The discovery -- "the brightest...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 8:28 AM
Don't call it a comeback just yet. Astronomers mourned the Kepler Space Telescope after it was crippled last year. But NASA’s planet hunter may be getting a second chance at life — with an ingenious, just-so-crazy-it-might-work plan that would...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:46 AM
Unique celestial events in 2014 include two full lunar eclipses visible from Maryland and a partial solar eclipse that will begin just before sunset one October afternoon. A new meteor shower could be a bonus.
Here’s what stargazers have to look...
| 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...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 12:00 PM
In a cosmos filled with darkness, scientists say they’ve discovered the first elusive neutrinos to come from outside our solar system in a quarter-century.
The groundbreaking discovery made beneath the ice of Antarctica opens a whole new window...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 3:43 PM
Did Comet ISON survive its brush with the sun? Four days after the comet made its closest approach to our nearest star, the scientific consensus is "probably not."
Yes, something did survive ISON's harrowing Thanksgiving Day encounter with the sun. (See...