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  • NASA would get $17.5 billion for 2015 under White House budget plan

    NASA would get $17.5 billion for 2015 under White House budget plan
    NASA’s budget for the 2015 fiscal year wouldn’t budge much from last year under the White House’s proposal for nearly $17.5 billion, as officials reaffirmed the commitment to extending the life of the International Space Station, funding...
  • Did two planets around nearby star collide? Toxic gas holds hints

    Did two planets around nearby star collide? Toxic gas holds hints
    In a young, nearby solar system, scientists have discovered giant clouds of poison gas -- the smoking gun from a violent encounter, astronomers say. Based on massive amounts of carbon monoxide gas around the star Beta Pictoris, either two Mars-sized...
  • The man who killed Pluto

    The man who killed Pluto
    The shutters to the dome sheltering the 200-inch telescope on Palomar Mountain open with a clunk. With a steady purr of the two-horsepower motors, the twin panels, 115 tons each, begin to part. A twilight sky slowly breaks over the curved edge....
  • On Saturn's moon Titan, scientists catch waves in methane lakes

    On Saturn's moon Titan, scientists catch waves in methane lakes
    Now that spring is here, maybe it's time to grab your surfboard and head to some far-off coastline -- perhaps as far as the outer solar system. Scientists using NASA's Cassini spacecraft have found hints of waves sloshing on Titan, Saturn’s...
  • New details revealed on Milky Way in galactic portrait

    MILWAUKEE A team of Wisconsin scientists has stitched together a dramatic 360-degree portrait of the Milky Way that reveals never-seen-before details of our galaxy. The new galactic portrait is made up of about 2.5 million infrared images collected by...
  • UC will take part in Hawaii telescope project with Caltech

    SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California took a big step Thursday toward what astronomers predict will be vastly improved exploration of the solar system and universe. The UC regents approved the university's participation in the...
  • Fox's Starry 'Cosmos' Premiere Shows Off 'P.T. Barnum Element' in Science Docu

    The Greek Theater's Cosmos Pavilion was decked out with shining stars from floor to ceiling for the live global premiere of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" on Wednesday evening. The docu-series, presented by Fox and the National Geographic Channel, is a...
  • 'Cosmos' recap: Starts with a big bang

    'Cosmos' recap: Starts with a big bang
    Science geeks whipped themselves into a veritable frenzy of anticipation over the weekend for the premiere of "Cosmos," the much-touted reboot of the classic series created by astronomer Carl Sagan in the 1970s. You have to understand: Sagan and his...
  • Explore the site of one of the moon's newest impact craters -- live

    Explore the site of one of the moon's newest impact craters -- live
    ) The largest lunar impact ever caught on camera took place last Sept. 11, when a small asteroid 2 to 4.5 feet in length slammed into our moon's pockmarked surface at 37,900 mph. The resulting explosion caused a flash of light that briefly burned as...
  • Schiff says planetary science funding insufficient

    Schiff says planetary science funding insufficient
    Earlier this month, President Barack Obama released his $3.9 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2015. The plan sets aside $1.28 billion for planetary exploration — an amount one elected official is calling a far cry from what will be...
  • Jackpot! NASA's Kepler telescope finds 'mother lode' of 715 planets

    Jackpot! NASA's Kepler telescope finds 'mother lode' of 715 planets
    Using a brand-new technique, scientists using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope have found 715 confirmed planets huddling around 305 stars, nearly triple Kepler’s previous total of 246 confirmed planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Nearly 95% of...
  • Water vapor seen steaming off icy dwarf planet Ceres

    Water vapor seen steaming off icy dwarf planet Ceres
    Before Pluto’s fall from planetary grace, there was Ceres. Depending on your definition, it’s either the largest asteroid or the smallest dwarf planet -- but for a few glorious decades in the 1800s, the rocky sphere was a full planet in the...