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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

In this artist's view the red supergiant supernova progenitor star (left) is exploding after having transferred about 10 solar masses of hydrogen gas to the blue companion star (right) (NASA)

StarDate: Supergiant Blast, White Dwarf Collision Could Trigger Bright Supernova Blast Seen Across Universe

One of the giants of the Milky Way stands high overhead at nightfall. Deneb marks the tail of Cygnus, the swan. It’s a supergiant — about 15 times as massive as the Sun, and more than a hundred times as wide. And it shines more than 50,000 times brighter.

11/05/2014

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Best Meteor Shower Of The Year Peaks Tuesday, 100 Shooting Stars Per Hour Predicted In Perseid Shower

If you thought July 4th’s fireworks were exciting, wait until you see a ball of fire explode overhead in the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, set to peak Tuesday night with 100 shooting stars each hour, and continue for several days afterward.

08/11/2014

Supermoon (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

The Summer’s Second Supermoon To Return Sunday Afternoon

Watch the sky for the next Supermoon as it shines this Sunday…

08/04/2014

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