| 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 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...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The elevator is less an elevator than an open-air bucket. In high winds, it wobbles and sways like an old amusement park ride. Today the air is still.
Steve Padilla clips on his safety harness and crouches on a small ledge inside the bucket. He yanks...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 4:32 PM
New images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal a land of liquid methane and ethane lakes spotting the north pole of Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Caņada Flintridge released the new images this week, saying...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 7:49 PM
Just 700 million years after the big bang, our most distant known galaxy was a cauldron of star production, churning out new suns hundreds of times faster than our own Milky Way galaxy, scientists say.
But it was only this spring, roughly 13 billion...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 10:00 AM
On Friday evening, the moon will pass through the hazy outer shadow of the Earth, and if you look carefully, you may be able to see the minor celestial show.
The event is called a penumbral eclipse, and, to be fair, it is not especially dramatic. The...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 2:13 PM
Scientists from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory are set to launch a massive balloon above the skies of New Mexico this weekend for a glimpse of Comet ISON, the rare comet on its way to looping past the sun and Earth in the coming...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 4:17 PM
On Nov. 3, the moon will once again pass between the Earth and the sun, partially blocking out our life-giving star and putting on a spectacular celestial show for people who are in the right place to see it.
And this year, the best place to see the...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:54 AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Ukrainian astronomers say an asteroid might collide with Earth in a couple of decades, a Russian news service reported Thursday.
Space watchers from the observatory in the Crimean peninsula said they discovered an asteroid...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 5:56 PM
Will comet ISON survive its plunge into the sun's atmosphere or will it perish, like Icarus, for venturing too close? Astronomers say that reports of its looming demise are greatly exaggerated.
ISON, known officially as C/2012 S1, is a sun-grazing comet...