| Apr 30, 2014
| 1:36 PM
If you think 24 hours isn't enough time to get everything done, here's a little perspective: You could be living on a world with an eight-hour day.
For the first time, scientists have directly observed the spin of a planet outside our solar system,...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 1:20 PM
It's been five months since Comet ISON disintegrated after its close encounter with the sun, but skywatchers on Earth are still savoring its captivating journey.
The comet's million-year journey from the Oort cloud to the center of the solar system...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 5:01 PM
Monday's "blood moon" total lunar eclipse was the first in more than three years to be visible from Los Angeles and uninterrupted by sunrise.
Hundreds flocked to Griffith Observatory, cameras, cellphones and iPads at the ready to see the rare event....
| 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 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....
| 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...
| 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 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 12, 2013
| 11:00 AM
After 36 years of space travel and months of heated debate among scientists, NASA confirmed Thursday that Voyager 1 has indeed left our solar system and had entered interstellar space more than a year ago.
"Voyager has boldly gone where no probe has...
| 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...