| Jul 18, 2013
| 2:47 PM
In the latest development in an ongoing dispute between Congress and the Obama administration, the House Appropriations Committee has passed a funding package that restores some funding to the planetary science budget, including money to help pay for...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 2:02 PM
The House Appropriations Committee has restored nearly $100 million to NASA’s planetary science division, which funds missions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, officials announced Thursday.
“It’s definitely good...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 1:31 PM
Astronomers panning the heavens for glints of gamma-ray bursts have struck gold. No, really. They found gold -- so much of it, in fact, that they say they could potentially account for the universe's entire reserve of the precious metal prized by...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 4:16 PM
Once again, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a new moon in the deep reaches of the solar system – this time in orbit around the gas giant Neptune. And once again, the moon was identified by Mark Showalter, a planetary astronomer...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 11:35 AM
Oh, where have the aliens gone?
Once a staple of summer, as familiar as humidity, the classic flying saucer Roswell types have vanished from pop culture. Instead, we've had different staples: Iron Man, Adam Sandler, Stephen King. We've been brought 31...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 4:10 PM
Scientists working on NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer mission have nabbed their first direct glimpse of the so-called heliotail, the long trailing edge of the solar wind. Much to their surprise, three years of data from IBEX, as the Earth-orbiting...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 5:38 PM
When I read Monday that it was the 66th anniversary of the notorious report of a flying disk crashing to Earth on a ranch near Roswell, N.M., sparking endless theories that it was an alien spacecraft, I couldn’t help but remember my own summer years...
| 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&...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 6:11 PM
Margherita Hack, 91, an astrophysicist who explained her research on the stars in plain language for the public and who championed civil rights in her native Italy, died Saturday in the Adriatic Sea town of Trieste, where she had headed an astronomical...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 3:25 PM
Astronomers peering at stellar data from the Kepler space telescope have discovered a surprising find: two planets smaller than Neptune that appear to have formed even in the harsh, unwelcoming environment of a star cluster. The discovery, published in...
| 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...