| Oct 15, 2014
| 2:25 PM
More than 45,000 science fans took advantage of a free offer to explore the inner workings of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory last weekend when the La Cañada facility opened its doors for its annual Open House.
The event, which attracts large...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 5:49 PM
Dr. Phillip Lu is characteristically self-deprecating about the news that a newly discovered asteroid has been named after him.
"My younger daughter asked, 'Dad, what's this supposed to mean?'" said Lu, 82, a retired astronomy professor from Western...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 10:35 PM
To mark the solar eclipse that swept across the Southern California sky on Thursday — the first one seen in Los Angeles in 2 1/2 years — the Cosmic Cafe on Mt. Wilson was serving up sandwiches and chili.
This was kind of a big deal. After...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 7:11 PM
You don’t see this every day. For the first time, astronomers have captured images of a nova very soon after the stellar explosion flared into existence and have tracked the fireball's dramatic expansion into space.
The discovery, described in the...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 7:35 PM
Long before he would be awarded a Nobel Prize, Martin L. Perl liked to do his own plumbing repairs.
He usually had spare time, and he clearly knew the physics, his oldest son, Jed, recalled. And Martin Perl was, first and foremost, a hands-on...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 5:01 PM
Even stars can get lost in space.
Scientists who shot a rocket up beyond Earth’s atmosphere for a matter of minutes have made a remarkable discovery about the diffuse background light that permeates the universe: As many as half of all stars may...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 6:00 AM
"Cosmos" wrapped its 13-episode run this week by emphasizing the importance of knowledge and critical thinking by way of the scientific method in "Unafraid of the Dark."
Despite a few missteps here and there, host Neil de Grasse has taken us on a...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 3:08 PM
The sun unleashed two X-class solar flares in the span of one hour and 10 minutes Tuesday morning, and there is a good chance that more may be coming soon.
Solar flares are big bursts of radiation that come from dark areas of the sun called sunspots. An...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 12:53 PM
The violent impact that created our moon may have occurred millions of years earlier than previously thought, according to new research.
Mounting evidence suggests that the moon came into being after the Earth got slammed by a Mars-sized object named...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 3:42 PM
The sudden disappearance of a bright spot on a methane sea on Titan could add more proof that Saturn’s largest moon is a lot like Earth – just colder and gasier.
Astronomers at Cornell University were flipping between radar images of...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 10:52 AM
Johns Hopkins University scientists are building a telescope meant to look at space in a way no one has before, hoping to probe the blackness between planets, stars and galaxies, into deep time and the mystery of how it all began.