| Oct 17, 2012
| 3:03 PM
Gart Westerhout, an internationally known radio astronomer who established the astronomy department at the University of Maryland, College Park and was scientific director at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, died Sunday of congestive heart...
| May 2, 2012
| 5:47 PM
It's rare to witness the entirety of a murder. But that's how some local scientists investigated exactly what happened during a fatal attack in 2010.
The victim? A star — a massive red giant — 2.7 million light-years away that had lost its...
| May 25, 2012
| 5:24 PM
As the space capsule called Dragon hurtled toward the International Space Station at about 17,500 miles per hour on Friday, no space enthusiast was more enthralled than Paul Warren, a self-described "nerd" who attends Henry E. Lackey High School in...
| May 31, 2012
| 5:03 PM
First, the bad news: The Andromeda galaxy, an agglomeration of 1 trillion stars that is visible to the naked eye, is hurtling through space at 250,000 miles per hour — and it's coming right at us.
What's more, NASA astronomers in Baltimore said...
| Jun 2, 2012
| 11:02 AM
When Venus passed between Earth and the sun 251 years ago Tuesday, scientists scribbled down observations that helped calculate a rough estimate of the size of our solar system. Using crude telescopes, they watched the yellow planet move across the sun'...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 5:27 AM
Did you watch the transit of Venus last night? Clouds threatened, but it sounds like they cleared in time for most to see the transit.
Check out the photos above and to the left to see how others saw it. Or if you have your own to share, upload them...
| 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...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 6:17 PM
There is no Transit of Venus to be watched in 2013, or any major eclipses visible for long from Maryland, but local sky watchers say there is still plenty to look forward to seeing in the night sky.
There could be a few opportunities to see rare...
| Apr 13, 2013
| 4:50 PM
A solar flare that was the largest of the year could create a rare chance to see the aurora borealis, or "Northern Lights", from Maryland on Saturday night.
The flare occurred Thursday at 3:16 a.m. and was associated with what is known as a coronal mass...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 4:22 PM
There will be a total eclipse of the moon on Tuesday, but unless you're living in eastern South America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Southern or Southeast Asia, Australia or floating in the Indian Ocean, you won't see any of it.......
| Jan 14, 2011
| 4:22 PM
When I saw Thursday evening that this goofy story on the "changes" in the dates and names of our astrological signs was the most popular item on our Web site, I told our editors that it was badly garbled, and mostly......
| Dec 20, 2010
| 4:22 PM
Worries that increasing clouds leading to possible snow on Tuesday seemed to be easing Monday morning, giving renewed hope for Marylanders eager to see tonight's total eclipse of the moon.Forecasters out at Sterling, in their morning forecast discussion,...