| Feb 13, 2015
| 4:52 PM
Astronomers have their own version of the single person's dilemma: Do you wait by the phone for a call from that certain someone? Or do you make the call yourself and risk getting shot down?
Instead of love, of course, astronomers are looking for alien...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 11:22 AM
MIDDLETOWN — The Wesleyan University astronomy department for the spring semester is offering free public space viewing and science presentations every Wednesday night.
Wesleyan professors and astronomy students will guide the weekly sessions in an...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 12:25 PM
On Valentine's Day, why not make a date with aging superhero Birdman, a theoretical cosmologist, a code-cracking mathematician and a decorated Iraq War sniper?
Starting Friday, Feb. 13, a handful of South Florida theaters will screen the eight movies...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 8:42 AM
At the heart of a strangely shaped planetary nebula, astronomers have discovered a pair of doomed white dwarf stars that will inevitably merge and explode in a dramatic supernova.
The imperiled pair, described in the journal Nature, sheds light on how...
| Feb 7, 2015
| 10:49 AM
With clouds and rain blurring the sky, it wasn't easy to see Jupiter on Friday night, when it drew closest to Earth and was on the opposite side of the sky from the sun.
But you still can get a great view of the solar system's largest planet on Saturday...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 10:00 AM
California sky watchers may be able to see two celestial bodies zooming past Earth in the next few days with just a pair of binoculars.
If they're savvy.
Comet Lovejoy, which won't be back for 8,000 years, is visible in the night sky, and on Monday an...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 3:05 PM
That's the geocentric gist of "The Principle," a shrewdly orchestrated documentary that's intent on restoring Earth's former status as the center of the universe — the going belief until a guy named Nicolaus Copernicus gave...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 4:21 PM
As part of a research team studying galaxies, two University of Maryland scientists recently helped find a wild one.
It doesn't fit into the two main galaxy shape categories and is even a bit too odd to belong with those astronomers call "irregulars,"...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 4:40 PM
Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, is going to be the star of the skies on Friday evening, starting at 7 p.m.
That's when it will draw to its closest point to Earth and also be on the opposite side of the sky from the sun.
When all three...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 7:50 AM
A huge asteroid will make a near-Earth pass Monday night, giving us a preview of an event that could have our descendants sweating.
Asteroid 2004 BL86, about five football fields wide, will come within 745,000 miles of Earth -- about three times as...
| Jan 31, 2015
| 12:35 PM
Reports of evidence of cosmic inflation may have been, well, overblown.
When the BICEP2 team announced last year that they had found signs of cosmic inflation, the universe’s powerful growth spurt that had been predicted but that had never been...