| Nov 22, 2013
| 12:01 PM
In a room with concrete block walls from which he can barely see the sky, Drake Deming explores the heavens.
Several days a week he can be found in his office at the University of Maryland, College Park, surrounded by three computer screens, analyzing...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Comet ISON's day of reckoning is nearly upon us. On Thursday -- Thanksgiving Day -- the comet will reach perihelion, its closest approach to the sun. Whether it will survive the blistering heat of this encounter, and the powerful pull of the sun's...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 3:59 PM
Comet ISON is barreling toward the center of our solar system, where on Thanksgiving it will slingshot around the sun and head back past Earth.
It's already putting on one of the best shows we've had in a while. Astronomers announced Nov. 14 that the...
| 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...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 10:05 AM
A bright black hole in the Pinwheel galaxy has been shining us on, astronomers say – this intergalactic trickster puts out light like a big black hole but it’s really quite tiny. M 101 ULX-1, described in the journal Nature, may force...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 1:10 PM
Astronomers have chronicled a record-setting burst of gamma rays from the violent death throes of a relatively nearby massive star that imploded into a black hole. The duration of the event -- on the order of hours -- as well as the number of photons...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Comet ISON has been the buzz among astronomers and average stargazers this year, and especially over the last month or so, with the “super comet” making its journey through our solar system at speeds exceeding 425,000 miles per hour. This...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 3:55 PM
Jupiter’s icy moon Europa squirts water like a squishy bath toy when it’s squeezed by the gas giant’s gravity, scientists say. Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, they caught two 124-mile-tall geysers of water vapor spewing out...
| Dec 22, 2013
MÁLAGA, Spain — When I was 8 years old, I wanted to run away to sea and be a cabin boy on a clipper ship. Sixty years later — gender, age and vocation notwithstanding — I finally got the chance.
As I packed to meet the Star Flyer on...
| 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...