| Jan 15, 2015
| 9:51 AM
Carl Sagan nailed it.
"Even today, the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars," he wrote in his book "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space" in 1994....
| Jan 10, 2015
| 4:00 AM
If you were hoping to find a little more time for yourself or your loved ones in the new year, you are in luck: 2015 is going to be exactly one second longer than 2014.
The "leap second" was decreed this week by astronomers at the International Earth...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 12:05 PM
SEATTLE At the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society last week, the booth devoted to a revolutionary new telescope called the LSST got a lot of traffic.
Staffed by scientists from the University of Washington and other institutions, the...
| Jan 9, 2015
Sunday, Jan. 11
Uplifting concert The annual "Lift Every Voice" concert will be held at 4 p.m. in St. John's College's Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave. in Annapolis. No tickets or reservations required, but seating is limited. A reception...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 5:41 PM
It’s time to see the sun in a whole new light – X-ray light. NASA’s NuSTAR space telescope has taken a stunning portrait of our home star in high-energy X-rays.
The related research, presented at the American Geophysical Union...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 12:33 PM
What if I told you that Islam once produced the world's most scientifically advanced and intellectually productive civilization?
It's true, and you'll probably hear more about it, this being 2015, the United Nations International Year of Light and...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 2:24 PM
Turns out Hollywood celebs aren’t the only stars who hide their age well – small cool stars are very good at frustrating astronomers’ efforts to determine how old they are, because they essentially look the same for most of their lives....
| Dec 26, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Motors whirred as a gleaming white dome slowly opened, allowing one of the premier solar telescopes in the world to track the magnetic fields and exploding flares of the sun. In a few hours, computers would translate that data into detailed video and...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 11:00 AM
Hey, neighbor! Astronomers searching the sky with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have discovered an odd little dwarf galaxy in our very own backyard -- a mere 7 million light years away.
The findings, described in the Monthly Notices of the Royal...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 2:47 PM
This New Year's Eve, a fuzzy green comet named Lovejoy will be just barely visible to the naked eye in the vicinity of the constellation Orion's feet.
If you know exactly where to look, you may be able to spot it.
But if your New Year's plans do not...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 3:25 PM
One of the most famous images in astronomy is known as the “Pillars of Creation,” but a new version of it reveals that it could also be called “Pillars of Destruction.”
The images depict three towering columns of gas and dust...