| Nov 4, 2013
| 1:25 PM
Is the Earth a “cosmic freak” or a planetary average Joe around our galactic neighborhood? UC Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy says we’re in good company.
With some clever sleight of hand, scientists using Kepler data have calculated...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 4:04 PM
The sun has erupted more than two dozen times over the last week, sending radiation and solar material hurtling through space - and scientists say more eruptions may be coming.
This shouldn't be unusual. After all, we are technically at solar maximum,...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 7:58 PM
Astronomers have discovered a world that is incredibly close to Earth-sized and may also be made of rock and iron, like our own planet. The only problem? It’s a scorched hellscape of molten lava that sits less than a million miles from its star&...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The elevator is less an elevator than an open-air bucket. In high winds, it wobbles and sways like an old amusement park ride. Today the air is still.
Steve Padilla clips on his safety harness and crouches on a small ledge inside the bucket. He yanks...
| 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 Caņada Flintridge released the new images this week, saying...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 4:10 PM
Scientists have found the shredded remains of a large, water-rich asteroid raining down on the embers of a dead star, 170 light-years from Earth.
It is the first time that scientists have found a mix of rock and water in a solar system that is not our...
| 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 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...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 3:49 PM
Saturn's moon Titan is one of the most bizarre places in the solar system, and now, to make things even weirder, scientists have found traces of propylene, the chemical used to make Tupperware, floating in its thick orange atmosphere.
| 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...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 8:48 PM
A physician who has created a new model for providing health care to those who can least afford it.
A novelist who takes readers into the swampy backwaters of the Everglades.
An astrophysicist who searches for other planets — and finds them....
| Sep 13, 2013
| 1:58 PM
You can’t spot Voyager 1 as it leaves the solar system’s heliosphere, but the National Radio Astronomy Observatory can, and did it just for kicks.
Well maybe not for kicks, but scientists were interested in how well their array of 10 radio...