| Feb 28, 2015
| 7:02 PM
It was near Green Bank, West Virginia, in 1960 that a young radio astronomer named Frank Drake conducted the first extensive search for alien civilizations in deep space. He aimed the 85-foot dish of a radio telescope at two nearby, sun-like stars, tuning...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 6:10 AM
High above the spiral Milky Way, astronomers have spotted two clusters of new stars growing at the fringes of our galaxy. The discovery, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, appears to be the first such stellar...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 10:32 AM
Some 12.8 billion light years away, astronomers have spotted an object of almost impossible brightness — the most luminous object ever seen in such ancient space. It's from just 900 million years after the big bang, and the old quasar — a...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 12:27 PM
Deep in the universe’s past, astronomers have discovered a luminous quasar powered by an enormous black hole that contains the mass of 12 billion suns. The incredibly bright object is ancient -- shining when the universe was only 875 million years...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 1:49 PM
Less than 100,000 years ago, a cool, small star flew within 0.8 light years of our sun, brushing past the icy Oort cloud that lies at the outer edges of our solar system, according to research published this week.
Scientists say it is the closest a...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 6:50 PM
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has snapped the best images to date of the dwarf planet Ceres, bringing mysterious fuzzy features spotted on the icy little world’s surface into sharper focus.
The latest images were snapped on Feb. 12, when Dawn was...
| 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 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 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 9, 2015
Sunday, Jan. 11
Uplifting concert The annual "Lift Every Voice" concert will be held at 4 p.m. in St. John's College's Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave. in Annapolis. No tickets or reservations required, but seating is limited. A reception...
| 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...