| 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...
| May 16, 2014
| 9:39 AM
If you dare go bare-legged to the Adler Planetarium’s new “Destination Solar System” movie presentation, you just might feel an otherworldly chill as your live space-tour guide Jesse rushes through the theater, grasping the piece of...
| May 16, 2014
| 4:44 PM
The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is a little less great than it used to be.
New images of the spot taken in April by the Hubble Space Telescope indicate that it’s about 10,250 miles across, according to Amy Simon, an expert on Jupiter’s...
| May 22, 2014
| 6:00 AM
There's a new meteor shower coming this week. Maybe!
From midnight to dawn PDT on Saturday morning, Earth might pass through a stream of debris left in the wake of a comet hundreds of years ago.
The result could be a spectacular light show with as...
| May 7, 2014
| 11:46 AM
The Mars 2020 missions can remain on track and general funding for planetary science will be significantly boosted if a drafted proposal giving NASA $17.6 billion is approved, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced Wednesday.
The draft proposal,...
| May 8, 2014
| 1:49 PM
The House Appropriations Committee recommended $17.9 billion in funding for NASA on Thursday, significantly boosting planetary science programs at Jet Propulsion Laboratories in La Canada Flintridge and continuing operation of a Palmdale-based flying...
| May 9, 2014
| 11:00 AM
A star born from the same cloud of gas as our sun 4.5 billion years ago has been found at last, astronomers say.
This solar sibling is a little bigger than our sun, and a little hotter at its surface. But an international team of researchers says it...
| May 12, 2014
| 1:19 PM
In previous shows since remaking its central domed theater, the Adler Planetarium has taken visitors into deep space, back to the celestial basics, and deep into the kind of awe the cosmos can inspire.
This time around, for the new theatrical...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 5:05 AM
Ask most people to name a famous scientist and — assuming they don’t draw a blank — they will likely cite Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking or possibly Cosmos host Neil de Grasse Tyson. You know, someone with high name...
| 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,...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 10:10 AM
Winter is returning for an encore this week, with up to an inch of snow this evening and lows in the 20s over the next two nights.
The slushy storm may pull out of the Chicago area in time for people to catch at least some of the lunar eclipse...