| Mar 31, 2014
| 3:18 PM
An immense solar flare burst from the sun Saturday, and as of Monday there were "several coronal mass ejections in play," according to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center.
A coronal mass ejection is a huge release --billions of tons -- of solar...
| 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 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
| 10:13 AM
Now that spring is here, maybe it's time to grab your surfboard and head to some far-off coastline -- perhaps as far as the outer solar system. Scientists using NASA's Cassini spacecraft have found hints of waves sloshing on Titan, Saturn’s...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 8:30 AM
The Greek Theater's Cosmos Pavilion was decked out with shining stars from floor to ceiling for the live global premiere of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" on Wednesday evening.
The docu-series, presented by Fox and the National Geographic Channel, is a...
| 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...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 5:05 AM
Science geeks whipped themselves into a veritable frenzy of anticipation over the weekend for the premiere of "Cosmos," the much-touted reboot of the classic series created by astronomer Carl Sagan in the 1970s.
You have to understand: Sagan and his...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 5:35 PM
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama released his $3.9 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2015. The plan sets aside $1.28 billion for planetary exploration — an amount one elected official is calling a far cry from what will be...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 3:00 PM
The largest lunar impact ever caught on camera took place last Sept. 11, when a small asteroid 2 to 4.5 feet in length slammed into our moon's pockmarked surface at 37,900 mph.
The resulting explosion caused a flash of light that briefly burned as...
| 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...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 1:36 PM
If you think 24 hours isn't enough time to get everything done, here's a little perspective: You could be living on a world with an eight-hour day.
For the first time, scientists have directly observed the spin of a planet outside our solar system,...