One hundred eighteen years ago, a team of draft horses labored up a hill west of Flagstaff, Arizona. Their cargo was a 32-foot steel telescope tube commissioned by astronomer Percival Lowell.
For an 18th-century astronomer, the quickest way to fame and fortune was discovering comets — the big iceballs that grow long, beautiful tails when they come close to the Sun.
The dim, yellow bulbs that have lit up the city’s streets for years are being replaced with cheaper, brighter LED lights. Astronomers say that change is making their work harder.
An event similar to the meteor explosion in the sky over Russia Friday morning, which blasted out countless windows and injured as many as 1,000 people, could happen without much warning in California, according to a local space scientist.
SANTA CRUZ (KCBS) – The discovery of a planet similar to our own after a mere decade of searching through nine star systems suggests the Earth may not be so special after all, said a […]