| Aug 28, 2013
| 2:21 PM
The 2013-14 schedule of public programs at the William M. Brish Planetarium has been released by Washington County Public Schools. Programs are scheduled at 5:30 and 7 p.m. on the first and fourth Tuesdays each month, unless otherwise noted. If schools...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 1:49 PM
Voyager 1, where are you?
At a distance of more than 11 billion miles from Earth, there is little question that Voyager has traveled farther in space than any other man-made object. However, the issue of whether or not the spacecraft has left the...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 2:02 PM
The House Appropriations Committee has restored nearly $100 million to NASA’s planetary science division, which funds missions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Caņada Flintridge, officials announced Thursday.
“It’s definitely good...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 11:35 AM
Oh, where have the aliens gone?
Once a staple of summer, as familiar as humidity, the classic flying saucer Roswell types have vanished from pop culture. Instead, we've had different staples: Iron Man, Adam Sandler, Stephen King. We've been brought 31...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 2:47 PM
In the latest development in an ongoing dispute between Congress and the Obama administration, the House Appropriations Committee has passed a funding package that restores some funding to the planetary science budget, including money to help pay for...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 4:23 PM
Snow was always in the forecast out on the sun-like star TW Hya. It’s just that astronomers were never sure they would actually find it and “see” it.
That changed recently when an international team of researchers trained a powerful...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 4:16 PM
Once again, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a new moon in the deep reaches of the solar system – this time in orbit around the gas giant Neptune. And once again, the moon was identified by Mark Showalter, a planetary astronomer...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 4:10 PM
Scientists working on NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer mission have nabbed their first direct glimpse of the so-called heliotail, the long trailing edge of the solar wind. Much to their surprise, three years of data from IBEX, as the Earth-orbiting...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 1:50 PM
Sorry, William Shatner. The International Astronomical Union decided not to name either of Pluto’s two smallest moons after Mr. Spock’s home planet of Vulcan, despite an online campaign that garnered global support for the “Star Trek&...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 5:38 PM
When I read Monday that it was the 66th anniversary of the notorious report of a flying disk crashing to Earth on a ranch near Roswell, N.M., sparking endless theories that it was an alien spacecraft, I couldn’t help but remember my own summer years...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 5:01 AM
While you were busy celebrating the summer solstice, our sun was erupting with a great flash of light and ejecting billions of tons of solar material out into space.
Call it the summer solstice flare of 2013.
The relatively mild solar flare occurred...