| Sep 5, 2013
| 5:29 PM
A seamount in the northwestern Pacific Ocean may be the largest volcano on Earth, and could rival the largest in the solar system -- the mighty Olympus Mons on Mars -- according to oceanographers.
Tamu Massif, a well-known seamount off Japan, turns...
| 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...
| 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 29, 2013
| 2:06 PM
Planetary scientists have detected a Trojan -- an asteroid-like object that shares a planet's orbit -- circling the sun ahead of Uranus.
The discovery of 2011 QF99, the first of its kind for the ice giant planet, was reported Thursday in the journal...
| 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 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 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 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
| 2:02 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 Cañada Flintridge, officials announced Thursday.
“It’s definitely good...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 1:13 PM
Astronomers may have figured out why massive galaxies are so rare. A study published Wednesday in the journal Nature revealed that vigorous star formation ejects massive amounts of hydrogen and other gases from a galaxy, depriving would-be stars of the...