| 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 7, 2015
| 3:56 PM
Heads up Jimmy, Jimmy, Stephen and Conan: the late-night fray is about to be joined by someone whose brain is bigger than everyone else's. Neil deGrasse Tyson is getting his own late-night talk show, "Star Talk," on National Geographic Channel.
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 11:15 PM
Charles Townes, the Columbia University physicist who transformed modern society with his invention of the maser and the laser, receiving the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics for his effort, has died. He was 99.
Townes, who had been in failing health, died...