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Inspiring a New Generation of Astronomers

Dr. Patrick McCarthy | Posted 08.25.2014 | Science
Dr. Patrick McCarthy

The work involved in creating the largest telescope in human history, the Giant Magellan Telescope, must be matched by the energy invested in inspiring and preparing future astronomers to use it.

'Pink' Full Moon Heralds Planetary Event

Posted 04.24.2013 | Science

By: Joe Rao Published: 04/22/2013 06:32 PM EDT on SPACE.com This month's full moon, which falls on Thursday (April 25), always reminds me of one o...

Pessimistic Hawking Pushes Space Exploration

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 04.12.2013 | Science

LOS ANGELES -- Stephen Hawking, who spent his career decoding the universe and even experienced weightlessness, is urging the continuation of space ex...

Quasars' Anniversary Spotlights Its Mystery

| Posted 03.17.2013 | Science

By John Matson Fifty years ago, in the journal Nature, astronomer Maarten Schmidt published a brief paper noting that a star-like object known as 3...

Newfound Comet May Smash Into Neighboring Planet

Posted 03.05.2013 | Science

By: Joe Rao Published: 03/05/2013 07:37 AM EST on SPACE.com A newfound comet is apparently on course to have an exceedingly close call with the pl...

How To See Spectacular Comets This Year

Posted 01.31.2013 | Science

By: Geoff Gaherty Published: 01/25/2013 12:33 PM EST on SPACE.com The year 2013 may someday be known as "the year of the comets." If a...

Asteroid Hunter Updates Odds Of Space Rock Apocalypse

| Posted 01.23.2013 | Science

By Will Ferguson | January 22, 2013 An Earth impact by a large comet or asteroid could knock out human civilization with a single blow, as most ...

New Device May Transform Search For Alien Planets

Posted 05.31.2012 | Science

By: Nola Taylor Redd Published: 05/30/2012 06:51 PM EDT on SPACE.com Astronomers searching for alien planets may be a step closer to finding tru...

Spring Comes Super-Early This Year, And Astronomers Say Why

Posted 03.20.2012 | Science

By: Joe Rao Published: 03/19/2012 01:48 PM EDT on SPACE.com Across much of the United States, this has been an unusually mild winter, especially...

WATCH: Star Gazers Flock To Keys For Rare Astronomy Sightings

AP | Posted 02.22.2012 | Miami

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. -- As many as 600 professional and amateur astronomers are peering through telescopes in the Florida Keys. The 28th annual Winter ...

Galaxy 'Swarm' May Help Astronomers Solve Dark Matter Mystery

Posted 02.08.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 02/07/2012 09:22 AM EST on SPACE.com Tantalizing hints of tiny, hard-to-see galaxies on the outskirts of our cos...

Galaxies Had Frenzied Star-Making Pasts, Astronomers Say

Posted 03.27.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 01/25/2012 01:08 PM EST on Space Clusters of distant galaxies that were bursting with newborn stars i...

Astronomer Discovers Planet of Nude Supermodels

Mark C. Miller | Posted 11.11.2011 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

"Every researcher here immediately volunteered to work overtime studying the photos and to take the photos home over the weekend to continue their research. Now that's dedication."

Pluto May No Longer Be a Planet but Its Discoverer is still a Star

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kate Kelly

"How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming," a new book by astronomer Mike Brown was reviewed by James Kennedy in The Wall Street Journal (11-26-201...

Can We Predict the Future of the Stars?

Santhosh Mathew, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Santhosh Mathew, PhD

In many cultures, stars play a major role in predicting the future of humans and their world. Now, humans, with the help of Hubble telescope, say they can predict the future of the stars -- for at least 10,000 years into the future.

Silence of the Aliens

Santhosh Mathew, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Santhosh Mathew, PhD

So far, the universe hasn't disclosed all its secrets. As the famous science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once said, "Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."

Dozens Of "Earth-like" Planets Discovered Outside Solar System

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — European astronomers have found 32 new planets outside our solar system, adding evidence to the theory that the universe has many p...

Solar System's Edge Surprises Astronomers

Huffington Post | Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, has just produced new images of the solar system that has shocked astronomers. This first full-sized m...

NASA: Finding a Second Earth Could Happen Anytime Now

www.dailygalaxy.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Astronomers may be on the brink of discovering a second Earth-like planet, a find that would add fresh impetus to the search for extraterrestrial life...

New Discovery: More of the Worlds!

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joel Schwartzberg

Last week, astronomers uncovered new planets in the celestial lounge: we'll wonder how quickly they'll take our jobs, then we'll build a border fence around the planet. That's just the kind of worldly neighbors we are.

Astronomers: Discovery Of Earth-Like Planets Inevitable

space.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Planet hunters say it's just a matter of time before they lasso Earth's twin, which almost surely is hiding somewhere in our star-studded galaxy. Mom...

Astronomers Weigh Biggest Black Hole In The Universe

BBC News | Paul Rincon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The biggest black hole in the Universe has been weighed by astronomers. The monster celestial object is 18 billion times more massive than our own Su...