| Nov 6, 2014
| 1:05 PM
With amazing clarity, astronomers have spied a solar system in the act of being born.
At the center is HL Tau, an infant star that is believed to be no more than 1 million years old. It is surrounded by hazy, concentric rings of material that scientists...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 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 21, 2014
| 4:50 AM
Attention stargazers: Thursday afternoon's sunset will coincide with a partial solar eclipse. That means the sun — when spied through eclipse glasses or other special viewing devices — will appear crescent-shaped.
"It's a dramatic event,"...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 5:57 AM
Chicago and much of the country were treated to its second total lunar eclipse of the year just before dawn Wednesday.
At 4:18 a.m., the moon slipped into the Earth’s shadow and continued to darken into a total eclipse from 5:27 a.m. until 6:22 a....
| 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...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 9:35 AM
Tel Aviv — Two years ago, Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob of Tel Aviv University's School of Physics and Astronomy and Rice University's Center for Theoretical Biological Physics made the startling discovery that cancer, like an enemy hacker in cyberspace,...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 8:20 AM
Astronomers searching for hints of leaky galaxies have picked up radiation from a star-forming galaxy in the nearby universe that behaves rather like some of the earliest stellar factories that gave a dark universe its first rays of light.
| Oct 4, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Two hundred and thirty years ago, Charles Marie de la Condamine returned to France with proof about the shape of the Earth after spending 10 years in Latin America. For thousands of years, human beings had roamed the planet indifferent to its form until...