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  • Major breakthrough: Albert Einstein-predicted ripples detected by scientists

    In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a …


  • Supermoon plus eclipse equals rare sky show Sunday night

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Get ready for a rare double feature, starring our very own moon. A total lunar eclipse will share the stage with a so-called supermoon Sunday night …


  • Scientists find closest thing yet to Earth-sun twin system

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists have identified the best bet yet for an Earth-like planet that might harbor life. The researchers announced their discovery Thursday based on observations from …


  • Brief total lunar eclipse coming Saturday

    A total lunar eclipse will occur for a short 12 minutes on Saturday, beginning at 4:54 a.m., according to Sky & Telescope online. NASA estimates an even shorter period for …


  • Total lunar eclipse coming Saturday

    A total lunar eclipse will occur for a short 12 minutes on Saturday, beginning at 4:54 a.m., according to Sky & Telescope online.


  • NASA craft circling Ceres in first visit to dwarf planet

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A NASA spacecraft for the first time has arrived at a dwarf planet to begin a 16-month exploration. The space agency on Friday confirmed that the …


  • New comet visible throughout January

    A new comet is now visible in the night sky and should continue to be seen through the end of this month, but only if weather allows. Comet Lovejoy is …


  • Cosmic 1st: European spacecraft lands on comet

    DARMSTADT, Germany (AP) — Hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet — …


  • N. America treated to partial solar eclipse Thurs.

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — North Americans, get set for the fourth and final eclipse of the year. On Thursday, most of North America will have prime viewing of a …


  • For starting stargazers, no equipment required

    For those just starting to look, the naked eye or a pair of binoculars offer the best way to view the stars and planets at night, said Dan Bakken, an …


  • Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet

    Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks …


  • Senator: NASA to lasso asteroid, bring it closer

    WASHINGTON — A top senator says President Barack Obama and NASA are planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon. Then astronauts …


  • Comet Pan-STARRS to pass over Western skies

    A comet streaking through our solar system will be visible from across the Inland Northwest over the next few weeks. A telescope in Hawaii discovered Comet Pan-STARRS in 2011. It …


  • VIDEO: Meteor explodes over Russia, 1,000 injured

    MOSCOW — A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring …


  • Distant galaxy regains title as oldest in universe

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A galaxy once considered the oldest has reclaimed its title, scientists reported Wednesday. Poring through Hubble Space Telescope photos, the team recalculated the galaxy’s age and …


  • Alaska reclaims missing moon rocks since 1973

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A display of moon rocks that disappeared from an Alaska museum after an arson fire nearly four decades ago has been returned to the state following …


  • To the moon? Firm hopes to sell $1.5 billion trips

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attention wealthy nations and billionaires: A team of former NASA executives will fly you to the moon in an out-of-this-world commercial venture combining the wizardry of Apollo …


  • Below surface, moon reveals a “shattered” history

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The moon took quite a beating in its early days, more than previously believed, scientists reported Wednesday. This surprising new view of the moon comes from …


  • Below surface, moon is a battered, cracked heap

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The moon took quite a beating in its early days, more than previously believed, scientists reported Wednesday. This surprising new view of the moon comes from …


  • Expert panel: NASA seems lost in space, needs goal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA, the agency that epitomized the “Right Stuff,” looks lost in space and doesn’t have a clear sense of where it is going, an independent panel of …


  • Mars redux: NASA to launch Curiosity-like rover

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you thought NASA’s latest Mars landing was a nail-biter, get ready for a sequel. The space agency on Tuesday announced plans to launch another mega-rover …


  • NASA aims to send another rover to Mars in 2020

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA is headed to Mars — again. The space agency said Tuesday it plans to launch another mega-rover to Mars in 2020 that will be modeled …


  • NASA: Voyager 1 enters new region of solar system

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA’s long-running Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the edge of the solar system and is close to exiting it forever. Scientists have …


  • Mars rover Curiosity: No surprise in 1st soil test

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Results are in from the first test of Martian soil by the rover Curiosity: So far, there is no definitive evidence that the red planet has …


  • NASA: Closest planet to sun, Mercury, harbors ice

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Just in time for Christmas, scientists have confirmed a vast amount of ice at the north pole — on Mercury, the closest planet to the …


  • Stunning meteor lights up California sky

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A streaking fireball lit up California skies and stunned stargazers Wednesday night, and professional observers say more meteors are on the way. The exploding streak was …


  • Earth-sized planet found just outside solar system

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers say that just outside our solar system they’ve found a planet that’s the closest you can get to Earth in location and size. It is the …


  • Mars Curiosity about to really shake things up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mars Curiosity is about to take its first sip of the red planet’s sand. But only after NASA’s rover plays bartender to make sure the dry dust …


  • Mars rover Curiosity finds signs of ancient stream

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NASA rover Curiosity has beamed back pictures of bedrock that suggest a fast-moving stream, possibly waist-deep, once flowed on Mars — a find that the …


  • Endeavour swans California skies in whirlwind tour

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The people became the paparazzi Friday, aiming their lenses not at the latest starlet, but toward the sky to catch a glimpse of an aging superstar …


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