| Feb 17, 2015
| 4:43 PM
As if being an astronaut isn't cool enough, John Grunsfeld will soon join Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in the elite band of space explorer legends.
After five space shuttle missions, the Chicago native and Highland Park High School graduate will be...
| Feb 13, 2015
| 8:06 PM
Even though scientists have managed to quantify how much dark matter lurks in distant galaxies, astronomers have been hard-pressed to figure out how much of the mysterious stuff lies within our own.
But in a paper published in the journal Nature...
| Feb 13, 2015
| 11:33 AM
Astronomers have their own version of the single person's dilemma: Do you wait by the phone for a call from that certain someone? Or do you make the call yourself and risk getting shot down?
Instead of love, of course, astronomers are looking for...
| 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 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 28, 2015
| 9:03 PM
The oldest planetary system ever found has been spotted by astronomers. The ancient star and five small, Earth-like planets are about 11.2 billion years old.
Until now, scientists questioned whether rocky planets could have formed so long ago, just 2....
| Jan 27, 2015
| 7:41 AM
Australian astronomers picked up an “alien” radio burst from space in real time last year, but say the chances of it coming from a sentient source are slim to none.
It’s not the first radio blast picked up by terrestrials here on...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 3:05 PM
That's the geocentric gist of "The Principle," a shrewdly orchestrated documentary that's intent on restoring Earth's former status as the center of the universe — the going belief until a guy named Nicolaus Copernicus gave...