Jupiter helps Halley's Comet give us more spectacular meteor displays
(PhysOrg.com) -- The dramatic appearance of Halley's comet in the night sky has been observed and recorded by astronomers since 240 BC. Now a study shows that the orbital influences of Jupiter on the comet ...
Stanford experts say Silicon Valley is poised to play a key role as Japan restructures its power industry
As cities and towns rebuild after last year's devastating tsunami and earthquake in northeastern Japan, there is a potentially huge demand for the green technology and new information technology now being ...
Flying through a geomagnetic storm
Glowing green and red, shimmering hypnotically across the night sky, the aurora borealis is a wonder to behold. Longtime sky watchers say it is the greatest show on Earth.
Mighty Martian meteorite lands at UK's Natural History Museum
A rare Martian meteorite that could help unravel the mysteries of Mars has arrived at the Natural History Museum in London today, obtained with the support of a donor.
VLT takes most detailed infrared image of the Carina Nebula
(PhysOrg.com) -- ESO's Very Large Telescope has delivered the most detailed infrared image of the Carina Nebula stellar nursery taken so far. Many previously hidden features, scattered across a spectacular ...
Radio stars: Caltech's astronomy professor searches for cosmic radio waves
Growing up in rural northwest Ireland, beyond the reach of city lights, Gregg Hallinan fell in love with the night sky. "When you didn't have bad weather, and you didn't have clouds, the skies were nothing ...
Moonlighting enzyme works double shift 24/7
A team of researchers led by Michigan State University has discovered an overachieving plant enzyme that works both the day and night shifts.
Asteroid to make closest approach since 1975
On Tuesday, January 31, asteroid 433 Eros will come closer to Earth than it has in 37 years, traveling across the night sky in the constellations Leo, Sextans and Hydra. At its closest pass of 16.6 million ...
Solar storm sparks dazzling northern lights
A storm from the broiling sun turned the chilly northernmost skies of Earth into an ever-changing and awe-provoking art show of northern lights on Tuesday.
The Northern Lights dance over northern England
(AP) -- The Northern Lights have lit up the skies above Scotland, northern England and northern parts of Ireland after the biggest solar storm in more than six years bombarded Earth with radiation.
UA makes mirrors for world's largest telescope
(PhysOrg.com) -- The second of seven 27-foot diameter mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope was cast on Jan. 14 inside a rotating furnace at the UA's Steward Observatory Mirror Lab.
Calculating what's in the universe from the biggest color 3-D map
Since 2000, the three Sloan Digital Sky Surveys (SDSS I, II, III) have surveyed well over a quarter of the night sky and produced the biggest color map of the universe in three dimensions ever. Now scientists ...
How many moons does Earth have?
Look up in a clear night sky. How many moons do you see? Chances are, youre only going to count to one. Admittedly, if you count any higher and youre not alone, you may get some funny looks cast ...
How to see the best meteor showers of 2012: Tools, tips and 'save the dates'
(PhysOrg.com) -- Whether you're watching from a downtown area or the dark countryside, here are some tips to help you enjoy these celestial shows of shooting stars. Those streaks of light are really caused ...