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Big world around tiny star puts new spin on planet formation

A giant world discovered around a tiny star is putting a new spin on how planets form.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 3:33 p.m.

Nancy Grace Roman, astronomer celebrated as ‘mother’ of Hubble, dies at 93

Nancy Grace Roman, who was celebrated as a trailblazer for female scientists and a driving force behind advances including the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, died Dec. 25 at …


Mars making a brilliant pass near Earth this week

Look to the south or southeast sky after dark during the next week or so and you will see the brightly beaming, rust-colored planet Mars.


Close new Earth-size world, where year lasts under 10 days

Astronomers have discovered a close new world about the size of Earth, where a year lasts just under 10 days.


Idaho’s Craters of the Moon designated top stargazing site

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in south-central Idaho has been designated an International Dark Sky Park due to its exceptional stargazing.


Hottest planet ever discovered has an atmosphere as warm as a star’s

The hottest planet ever discovered orbits a massive star so sizzling it burns bluish white. On exoplanet KELT-9b, a gas giant 650 light-years from Earth, temperatures during the day reach …


Astronomers plan to play hooky during August eclipse

The total solar eclipse that will pass over Central Oregon in August is a big enough deal that the staff at Pine Mountain Observatory will be playing hooky for the …


‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse occurs Sunday morning – here’s how to watch

This Sunday morning, when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, there will be an annular solar eclipse. This eclipse’s path stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic and …


Geminids meteor shower peaks Tuesday amid full moon

The Geminids meteor shower hits its peak on Tuesday, but a full moon will outshine the celestial show this year.


Earth’s spin is slowing at a rate of 1.8 milliseconds per century

The latest findings in Earth science are brought to you by ancient astronomers who observed the heavens as much as 2,700 years ago.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 11, 2016, 11:26 a.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Thu., July 23, 2015, noon

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 …