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Astronomers spy nearby star that could be chomping a planet

Astronomers may have caught a relatively nearby star munching on a planet or mini-planets.


Longest day of the year: Summer solstice arrives today

Early this morning the sun passed over the Tropic of Cancer, the northern limit of its yearlong path. The result is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year …


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 8:11 p.m.

NASA Tess spacecraft to prowl for planets as galactic scout

Look up at the sky tonight. Every star you see – plus hundreds of thousands, even millions more – will come under the intense stare of NASA’s newest planet hunter.


UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 1:03 p.m.

NASA telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life

NASA says its planet-hunting telescope has found 10 new planets outside our solar system that are likely the right size and temperature to potentially have life on them.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 11:59 a.m.

Scientists discover 7 ‘Earthlike’ planets orbiting a nearby star

A newfound solar system just 39 light years away contains seven warm, rocky, Earthlike planets, scientists say. The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, represents the first time astronomers …


Pluto’s icy heart may hide an underground ocean

Pluto, the distant dwarf planet, is home to mysterious mountains that could be ice volcanoes and icebergs of water ice floating atop a plain of frozen nitrogen.


Mars, Earth, sun line up perfectly in sky this weekend

Last week, Mercury stole the show. Now it’s Mars’ turn. On Sunday morning, Mars, Earth and the sun will line up perfectly in the sky. This once-every-two-years event is called …


Mercury to make rare transit of sun on Monday

Earthlings are in for a treat Monday as Mercury makes a relatively


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Bill Nye warns: Creation views threaten US science

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The man known to a generation of Americans as “The Science Guy” is condemning efforts by some Christian groups to cast doubts on evolution and lawmakers …


Eclipse season on Mars, so Curiosity took photos

WASHINGTON (AP) — On Mars, a partial eclipse of the sun isn’t quite as rare as on Earth. So NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is snapping hundreds of pictures of the …


NASA Dawn spacecraft traveling to dwarf planet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Next and final stop: The biggest object in the asteroid belt. After spending a year gazing at a giant asteroid, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on Wednesday began …


Dawn craft to depart asteroid for dwarf planet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One asteroid down, one to go. After spending a year gazing at Vesta, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft was set to cruise toward the most massive space rock …


35 years later, Voyager 1 is heading for the stars

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars. Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will bid adieu to the solar system and …


Nights to brighten with five planets

If the skies clear off at sunset on any of the next several days, sky watchers will be rewarded with an unusual planetary display. Jupiter and Venus are high in …


Neighboring planets to be noticeable in pre-dawn sky

Three of Earth’s nearest celestial neighbors will be visible as a group in the morning twilight this week, astronomers said.