| Dec 24, 2014
| 5:41 PM
It’s time to see the sun in a whole new light – X-ray light. NASA’s NuSTAR space telescope has taken a stunning portrait of our home star in high-energy X-rays.
The related research, presented at the American Geophysical Union...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Motors whirred as a gleaming white dome slowly opened, allowing one of the premier solar telescopes in the world to track the magnetic fields and exploding flares of the sun. In a few hours, computers would translate that data into detailed video and...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 11:00 AM
Hey, neighbor! Astronomers searching the sky with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have discovered an odd little dwarf galaxy in our very own backyard -- a mere 7 million light years away.
The findings, described in the Monthly Notices of the Royal...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 7:18 PM
Scientists say they may have discovered a possible dark matter signal coded in the X-rays emanating from two bright objects in the sky.
The findings, set to be published next week in Physical Review Letters, could offer tangible evidence for the...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 12:16 PM
CERN's Large Hadron Collider will be turned back on in March and a few weeks later will start smashing sub-atomic particles together again at nearly double its previous power, helping scientists hunt for clues about the universe.
The world's biggest...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 1:12 PM
Don L. Anderson, a professor emeritus of geophysics at Caltech and former head of its Seismological Laboratory, died of cancer Dec. 2 in Cambria, Calif., according to the school. He was 81.
Anderson directed the lab from 1967 to 1989 and continued to...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 9:18 PM
It doesn’t pay to bet against Kepler. Even though the NASA spacecraft was hobbled a year and a half ago, the battered telescope has still managed to find a super-Earth. At 20,000 miles across, the newly discovered planet is 2.5 times as wide as...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 5:00 PM
NASA has put telescopes on mountains and telescopes in space – but what about a telescope on a high-flying blimp?
Scientists at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are designing a possible contest that could foster the building of...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 5:55 PM
It’s never too early to worry about asteroids wiping out life on Earth.
So say the folks who’ve been fretting for decades over just such a scenario -- among them, Queen guitarist-astrophysicist Brian May. They think it’s time all...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 4:14 PM
Johns Hopkins University astrophysicist Adam Riess, who shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics, has taken home another prestigious award for his work on the expanding universe.
He showed that the universe is not just still expanding but that the...
| Nov 22, 2014
| 2:16 PM
Few endeavors embrace the disciplines of both science and art as vividly as astrophotography. While astronomical subjects such as the moon, stars, and of course the sun, have inspired artists for centuries, unprecedented advances in photographic...