| Oct 16, 2013
| 4:17 PM
On Nov. 3, the moon will once again pass between the Earth and the sun, partially blocking out our life-giving star and putting on a spectacular celestial show for people who are in the right place to see it.
And this year, the best place to see the...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:54 AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Ukrainian astronomers say an asteroid might collide with Earth in a couple of decades, a Russian news service reported Thursday.
Space watchers from the observatory in the Crimean peninsula said they discovered an asteroid...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 3:43 PM
Did Comet ISON survive its brush with the sun? Four days after the comet made its closest approach to our nearest star, the scientific consensus is "probably not."
Yes, something did survive ISON's harrowing Thanksgiving Day encounter with the sun. (See...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 10:00 AM
On Friday evening, the moon will pass through the hazy outer shadow of the Earth, and if you look carefully, you may be able to see the minor celestial show.
The event is called a penumbral eclipse, and, to be fair, it is not especially dramatic. The...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 7:49 PM
Just 700 million years after the big bang, our most distant known galaxy was a cauldron of star production, churning out new suns hundreds of times faster than our own Milky Way galaxy, scientists say.
But it was only this spring, roughly 13 billion...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 4:32 PM
New images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal a land of liquid methane and ethane lakes spotting the north pole of Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge released the new images this week, saying...
| 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...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 1:10 PM
Astronomers have chronicled a record-setting burst of gamma rays from the violent death throes of a relatively nearby massive star that imploded into a black hole. The duration of the event -- on the order of hours -- as well as the number of photons...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Comet ISON has been the buzz among astronomers and average stargazers this year, and especially over the last month or so, with the “super comet” making its journey through our solar system at speeds exceeding 425,000 miles per hour. This...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 3:55 PM
Jupiter’s icy moon Europa squirts water like a squishy bath toy when it’s squeezed by the gas giant’s gravity, scientists say. Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, they caught two 124-mile-tall geysers of water vapor spewing out...
| 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...