Astronomy

A meteor streaks near the constellation Orion during the Perseids meteor shower peak at dawn. (Getty Images)

Perseid Meteor Shower To Peak Wednesday, 60 Shooting Stars Per Hour Predicted

People looking for a shooting star to wish upon may find Wednesday overnight to be a dream come true.

08/10/2015

Lick Observatory (credit: Randy Yagi)

Best Places To Go Star And Moon Gazing Near East Bay

A look at five of the best places near the East Bay for star and moon gazing, including the first permanently occupied mountaintop observatory in the world

07/18/2015

BRAZIL-FEATURE

Summer Solstice, Father’s Day 2015 Align To Give Dads Sunniest Day Of Year

Dads, get ready for almost 15 hours of sunlight on the longest day of the year this Sunday.

06/15/2015

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Halley’s Comet ‘Eta Aquarids’ Meteor Shower Peaks Overnight, Best Viewing Wednesday Morning Before Dawn

Halley’s Comet may be on the other side of the solar system, but debris from its trail hit Earth every May as the planet passes through its orbit, and the best viewing of the “Eta Aquarid” meteor shower will be just before dawn on Wednesday May 6th, 2015.

05/05/2015

A telescope at Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton. (CBS)

Lick Observatory Astronomers Discover ‘Supersized Earths’ Surrounding Relatively Nearby Star

Astronomers at the Lick Observatory atop Mount Hamilton have discovered three planets described as “supersized Earths” orbiting a star 54 light years away.

04/28/2015

Whirlpool Galaxy

25 Mind-Bending Images From Hubble Space Telescope’s 25-Year Mission

Hubble, the world’s first space telescope, was launched April 24, 1990 aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Here are 25 of our favorite images from Hubble’s amazing — and continuing — quarter-century mission.

04/22/2015

Lunar Eclipse

Early-Morning ‘Blood Moon’ Eclipse Proves Short But Sweet

The total eclipse of the moon lasted only a short time, but it still dazzled.

04/04/2015

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Black Supermoon: What (Not) To Look For Wednesday Night

A supermoon is ready to take center stage in the night sky this Wednesday, but with a rare twist: it’ll be a new moon.

02/17/2015

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Google Donates $1 Million To Lick Observatory Atop Mount Hamilton

Google has donated $1 million to a 125-year-old Lick Observatory atop Mount Hamilton that has been in need of financial support.

02/10/2015

Gamma Ray Bursts

Do Life-Erasing Stellar Gamma Ray Bursts Mean We’re Alone In Our Corner Of The Cosmos?

An astronomer considers a recent report that indicates advanced life may be routinely destroyed by frequent high-radiation blasts from nearby stars and makes a case that we should still keep searching the sky for signs of intelligence.

01/30/2015

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