Planets

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

stardate

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

stardate

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

Orionids Meteor Shower. (NASA )

Astronomers Estimate Milky Way Holds 17-Billion Earth-Sized Planets

Astronomers estimate one in six stars in our Milky Way galaxy has a planet the size of Earth orbiting it. That translates to at least 17 billion Earth-size planets.

01/07/2013

UFO

Mountain View’s SETI Resumes Search For Extraterrestrial Life

The search continues for extraterrestrial life. With an outpouring of donations from the public, Mountain View-based SETI Institute will resume its pursuit of intelligent life on other planets.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–08/10/2011

Allen Telescope Array, ATA, UC Berkeley, SETI Institute

Mountain View’s SETI Institute Suspends Search For Alien Life

The SETI Institute in Mountain View has suffered a major financial setback and as a result, is shutting down its deep space listening program.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–04/26/2011

Kepler space telescope, NASA, planets

NASA Ames Telescope Spots Potentially Life-Friendly Planets

The search for extraterrestrials got some exciting news on Wednesday as scientists have identified hundreds of alien planets, many of which are orbiting in the habitable zone around other stars.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–02/02/2011

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