| Mar 20, 2014
| 8:15 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California took a big step Thursday toward what astronomers predict will be vastly improved exploration of the solar system and universe.
The UC regents approved the university's participation in the...
| Dec 22, 2013
MÁLAGA, Spain — When I was 8 years old, I wanted to run away to sea and be a cabin boy on a clipper ship. Sixty years later — gender, age and vocation notwithstanding — I finally got the chance.
As I packed to meet the Star Flyer on...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 10:05 AM
A bright black hole in the Pinwheel galaxy has been shining us on, astronomers say – this intergalactic trickster puts out light like a big black hole but it’s really quite tiny. M 101 ULX-1, described in the journal Nature, may force...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 5:24 PM
When it comes to studying the region of interstellar space just beyond our solar system, nothing seems to work quite the way scientists imagined.
Take Voyager 1 for example. The spacecraft has confounded and delighted researchers for several years...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 3:32 PM
Scientists at an ambitious dark matter experiment in operation at an underground gold mine in South Dakota have discovered exactly what they thought they would: nothing. And the results have got them really excited.
After running the detector for...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 7:29 PM
Together, they contain a tiny fraction of the mass of a single electron. But the 28 neutrinos from deep space detected by an icy observatory beneath the South Pole promise a revolution in the study of the universe, scientists said Thursday.
| 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...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 5:29 PM
John Dobson, a former monk and self-taught stargazer who developed a powerful, inexpensive telescope that almost anyone could build and showed thousands how to do it during five decades as one of public astronomy's most influential evangelists, has died....
| Jan 20, 2014
| 5:03 PM
Just as the sun causes a spiderweb’s near-invisible strands to glisten, a brightly shining quasar has lit up what scientists say is a massive filament of the universe’s cosmic web -- making it the first time a fragment of the web has been...
| 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...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 8:47 AM
A high school science teacher from Mundelein and a retired teacher from Long Grove were chosen by NASA to become airborne astronomy ambassadors for a program in California this spring.
In a few months, Marcella Linahan, a science teacher at Carmel...