| Mar 26, 2014
| 10:40 AM
It began with a cryptic announcement of a press conference in Brazil where “an international team of astronomers” would announce “a surprise discovery in the outer solar system.”
If that sounds intriguing to you, you’re not...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 10:13 AM
Now that spring is here, maybe it's time to grab your surfboard and head to some far-off coastline -- perhaps as far as the outer solar system. Scientists using NASA's Cassini spacecraft have found hints of waves sloshing on Titan, Saturn’s...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 12:20 AM
MILWAUKEE A team of Wisconsin scientists has stitched together a dramatic 360-degree portrait of the Milky Way that reveals never-seen-before details of our galaxy.
The new galactic portrait is made up of about 2.5 million infrared images collected by...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 8:15 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California took a big step Thursday toward what astronomers predict will be vastly improved exploration of the solar system and universe.
The UC regents approved the university's participation in the...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 5:35 PM
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama released his $3.9 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2015. The plan sets aside $1.28 billion for planetary exploration — an amount one elected official is calling a far cry from what will be...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 5:05 AM
Science geeks whipped themselves into a veritable frenzy of anticipation over the weekend for the premiere of "Cosmos," the much-touted reboot of the classic series created by astronomer Carl Sagan in the 1970s.
You have to understand: Sagan and his...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 5:49 PM
Using a brand-new technique, scientists using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope have found 715 confirmed planets huddling around 305 stars, nearly triple Kepler’s previous total of 246 confirmed planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Nearly 95% of...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 7:02 PM
Imagine a planet that wobbles so wildly that its seasons are constantly shifting and its constellations speed across the sky. Astronomers using data from the planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope have found just such a weird world, twirling like a top...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 4:05 PM
For a brief moment last September, a flash on the moon shone about as bright as the North Star, Polaris, giving away the biggest crash from a space rock hitting the lunar surface ever caught on camera, astronomers say.
The discovery -- "the brightest...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 1:45 PM
Staring into the dramatic corpse of a dead star known as Cassiopeia A, astronomers using NASA's NuSTAR X-ray telescope have for the first time mapped out radioactive titanium in a supernova. Charting this astrophysical frontier, as described in the...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 4:35 PM
An asteroid the length of three football fields has eluded astronomers once again.
"If we see it, that will be historic because we've reacquired a potentially hazardous asteroid," astronomer Bob Berman said Monday night. "If it turns out we can't see...