Planets

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

The zodiacal light is a faint, roughly triangular, whitish glow, seen only in dark night skies, which appears to extend up from the vicinity of the sun along the ecliptic, or zodiac. (Getty Images)

15 Images Capture Eerie Zodiacal Light Show In Night Sky

A strange celestial phenomenon is lighting up the western horizon after sunset during the next couple of weeks.

03/11/2015

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Berkeley Graduate Student Helps Discover Earth-Size Planets Orbiting Relatively Nearby Star

A graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley has discovered a relatively nearby solar system with three planets that are slightly larger than the size of Earth, and one of the planets has temperatures moderate enough to possibly support life.

01/20/2015

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NASA’s Kepler Telescope Spots 3 ‘Earth-Like’ Planets

NASA scientists have identified a whopping 1,000 planets outside the solar system using data from the Kepler telescope, which has recorded thousands more potential planets in our galaxy.

01/06/2015

The rare 10 May annular eclipse appears over Cleveland, Ohio showing the annulus, a thin 'ring of fire,' produced because the sun is never completely covered.  (Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images)

Observers Warned To Not Stare At The Sun During Partial Solar Eclipse Over Bay Area

A partial solar eclipse will be visible from the Bay Area later this month.

10/20/2014

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StarDate: Moon And Saturn— Arriving at Fascination Destination

The Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft passed an important milestone back in March: It made its 100th close pass by Titan, the planet’s largest moon. Stardate has the details on how this was achieved.

06/10/2014

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StarDate: Moon and Mercury

he skywatching weekend gets off to a ghostly start this evening with an encounter between the Moon and the planet Mercury. The Moon looks like a pale version of its full glory. And Mercury is as elusive as a ghost — a planet that’s rarely seen.

05/30/2014

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StarDate 5/16/2014: A Parade Of Planets In The Evening Sky

Four of the five planets that are easily visible to the unaided eye arc across the sky shortly after sunset the next few evenings. One of the planets sinks from sight quickly, but the other three stick around for a while.

05/16/2014

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StarDate 5/1/2014: Young Planets On The Move

Young planets are on the move — they may be born far from their stars but quickly move closer. Some may get too close — they may fall into the star and be destroyed.

05/01/2014

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StarDate 4/25/14: Some Nearby Planetary Neighbors

Astronomers have discovered thousands of possible planets orbiting other stars — and some of these planets are close to home.

04/25/2014

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