At this time of year, people often ask for my astronomical/religious opinion: "What was the Star of Bethlehem?" What was this heavenly sign that a savior, that a Messiah, that Jesus was born? Can modern science prove what this object really was?
The milestone of our third mirror captures more than a moment in time, it heralds a rapidly approaching period of discovery.
You may catch it as you're commuting home or walking into the house. At first it looks like a plane but it doesn't move like a plane. It just glistens and when you stare at it long enough you will wonder, "Wow, what is that thing?
Comet ISON is now two days away from a close encounter with the Sun, an encounter that it very well may not survive. On Thursday ISON will sweep around the Sun, clearing its roiling surface by as little as 800,000 miles. After Thanksgiving, one of three fates will have come to pass.
The first Earth-sized planet with approximately as much rock as Earth has been identified, raising the possibility that we might not be rocking alone ...
Go ahead, try it. Step outside tonight and glance skyward, pick any star and then visualize its own rocky, Earthy little ball orbiting around it, with some form of life potentially dancing a tango on top.
Last week, the first round of papers related to last year's spectacular asteroid explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia, appeared. One of the most significant conclusions suggests that we may have underestimated the number of building-sized asteroids by up to a factor of 10.
Comet ISON (C/2012 S1), the much-anticipated visitor from the distant depths of the solar system, continues to brighten and this week should reach naked-eye visibility as seen from a dark sky, away from city lights.
My personal journey feels less orchestrated and more like the random orchestra I created for a computer programming assignment in college.
by Imani Graham I feel guilty not wanting to be the space aviator Daddy always wanted. In his stories, I was Commander Imani and my little brother wa...
There are justifications galore all across social media and praises showered in Biblical proportions. But I am still not sure how it affects the daily lives of over a billion people in India who have no access to healthcare, water, sanitation, electricity, food and social security.
Check out the Milky Way next time you're outside the glare of city lights, and ruminate on the thought that at least 33 billion habitable planets are somewhere up there. But that's just the local population.
The next few weeks will undoubtedly give us our best shot at ISON. To see it this week, you'll need to venture out in the early morning, around 4 a.m. local time, and look toward the constellation Leo.
News editors must grapple with how to treat minority views that go against the grain of science. Is it proper to demand alternative opinions only for some parts of science, but not others?