| Aug 29, 2013
| 6:10 PM
Although most of his fellow space scientists scoffed at the idea, Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist Bruce C. Murray insisted that a picture of a planet's surface was worth a thousand words — or at least as much as the measurements of magnetic...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 10:46 AM
Bruce C. Murray, a planetary astronomer who joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1960 and went on to lead the lab 16 years later, died early Thursday at his home in Oceanside.
The cause of death was complications of Alzheimer’s disease,...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 7:39 PM
The most powerful stellar explosion since the big bang has been linked to a newly discovered class of ultra-long gamma ray burst, astronomers said Tuesday at the 2013 Huntsville Gamma-Ray Burst Symposium in Nashville, Tenn.
"We really think we’...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 5:29 PM
Astronomers have discovered a strangely tiny galaxy in the Milky Way’s neighborhood -- one with less than 1,000 stars held together by the smallest dark matter halo ever observed.
The galaxy known as Segue 2, described in the Astrophysical...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 3:25 PM
Astronomers peering at stellar data from the Kepler space telescope have discovered a surprising find: two planets smaller than Neptune that appear to have formed even in the harsh, unwelcoming environment of a star cluster. The discovery, published in...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 6:11 PM
Margherita Hack, 91, an astrophysicist who explained her research on the stars in plain language for the public and who championed civil rights in her native Italy, died Saturday in the Adriatic Sea town of Trieste, where she had headed an astronomical...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 8:05 AM
Is it time for a stellar identity crisis? Astronomers studying cold brown dwarfs have found that the boundary between star and planet might be much blurrier than once thought.
These strange 'failed' stars, described online in the journal Science,...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 1:31 PM
Astronomers panning the heavens for glints of gamma-ray bursts have struck gold. No, really. They found gold -- so much of it, in fact, that they say they could potentially account for the universe's entire reserve of the precious metal prized by...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 6:52 PM
Today’s Google Doodle honors a 19th century woman whose name has been stamped across the heavens -- Maria Mitchell, America’s first professional female astronomer. Today would have been her 195th birthday.
Mitchell was born in Nantucket to a...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 6:48 AM
Astronomers studying dying stars' colorful cast-offs have discovered a mysterious pattern: Some planetary nebulae in the Milky Way galaxy’s central bulge are strangely aligned, according to a study to be published in Monthly Notices of the Royal...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 3:23 PM
Flags at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Caņada Flintridge were lowered to half staff last week as the NASA center honored former JPL director Bruce C. Murray, who passed away at 81.
Murray died on Thursday, Aug. 29 at his home in Oceanside after...