| 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...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 1:50 PM
Sorry, William Shatner. The International Astronomical Union decided not to name either of Pluto’s two smallest moons after Mr. Spock’s home planet of Vulcan, despite an online campaign that garnered global support for the “Star Trek&...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 12:40 PM
Opening a file cabinet at the Center for UFO Studies reveals manila folders marked with spine-tingling titles such as "Alien Luggage Report," "Project Moonwater" or "The CIA's role in UFO Studies." Yet, elsewhere there's a conspicuous lack of secret...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 9:42 AM
PARIS (AP) — New results from looking at the split-second after the Big Bang indicate the universe is 80 million years older than previously thought and provide ancient evidence supporting core concepts about the cosmos — how it began, what...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 11:03 AM
It was welcome news to Earthlings: The Voyager 1 spacecraft had seemingly crossed a momentous threshold and become the first man-made object to enter interstellar space.
"Voyager 1 has left the solar system," the American Geophysical Union declared...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 5:00 AM
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration reported this week that ancient rocks on Mars analyzed by its Curiosity rover, which landed on the Red Planet in August, show that what is today a barren and inhospitable environment might well have...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 5:01 AM
While you were busy celebrating the summer solstice, our sun was erupting with a great flash of light and ejecting billions of tons of solar material out into space.
Call it the summer solstice flare of 2013.
The relatively mild solar flare occurred...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 7:29 AM
The International Space Station is making several passes over Maryland this week, a handful of which will be visible in the night sky so long as skies stay clear.
Some nights the spacecraft will appear brighter than others, and some nights its flyover...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 6:05 AM
Astronomers have put the known universe in a box on your computer screen – the 120 million light-years of it within our grasp, at least.
With a mellifluous French-accented narration, some light piano music and sweeping computer animation, the...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 1:41 PM
Scientists have snapped an image of a newly discovered alien world that is just 300 light-years from Earth.
The planet, dubbed HD 95086 b, is huge--four to five times the size of Jupiter -- and it makes a wide circle around its young sun, orbiting the...
| Jun 2, 2013
| 12:56 AM
Zombies. Giant super-storms. Runaway climate change. Alien invasions. Sneak attacks by invading enemy nations.
Thrilling stuff of end-of-life-as-we-know-it science fiction books and movies.
But as recent news coverage reminds us — Superstorm...