| 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 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 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 21, 2013
| 4:49 PM
Scientists have detected cosmic neutrinos, elusive subatomic particles that stream through the Earth from outside the solar system, for the first time in 25 years, a feat that could usher in a new era of astronomy.
Using technology embedded in a cubic...
| Nov 18, 2013
As solar-powered homes begin to become more popular, the Enfield Clean Energy Committee is trying to double the amount of them in town by taking part in the Solarize Connecticut program.
Melissa Everett, the committee's acting chairwoman, said that...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 1:25 PM
Is the Earth a “cosmic freak” or a planetary average Joe around our galactic neighborhood? UC Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy says we’re in good company.
With some clever sleight of hand, scientists using Kepler data have calculated...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 9:18 PM
There's no place like home, but scientists now say that Earth-size planets orbiting sun-like stars in a so-called habitable zone are so common that there could be as many as 11 billion in the Milky Way alone.
Using a clever method to detect Earth-size...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 4:04 PM
The sun has erupted more than two dozen times over the last week, sending radiation and solar material hurtling through space - and scientists say more eruptions may be coming.
This shouldn't be unusual. After all, we are technically at solar maximum,...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 7:58 PM
Astronomers have discovered a world that is incredibly close to Earth-sized and may also be made of rock and iron, like our own planet. The only problem? It’s a scorched hellscape of molten lava that sits less than a million miles from its star&...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 3:49 PM
Saturn's moon Titan is one of the most bizarre places in the solar system, and now, to make things even weirder, scientists have found traces of propylene, the chemical used to make Tupperware, floating in its thick orange atmosphere.
| Sep 20, 2013
| 3:08 PM
After nearly nine years in space and 4.7 billion miles traveled, NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft has met an unexpected end after mission members lost contact with it last month. Though it was unable to complete its latest assignment, the comet-hunting...