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Flash of light during an earthquake in Japan. A scientist with the SETI Institute calls the phenomenon "Earthquake Lights," or EQL. (CBS)

Some Bay Area Residents Report Mysterious Flashes In The Sky During Napa Quake

Several people called the KPIX 5 newsroom after Sunday morning’s magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Napa, reporting mysterious flashes of light in the sky. Witnesses said the strange phenomenon looked like lightning.

08/27/2014

A multiple exposure picture taken in the early hours of August 11, 2013 shows a Perseids meteor shower in the sky, near the municipality of La Hiruela, on the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Madrid.  (Credit DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

First Meteors Spotted From New Memorial Day Weekend ‘Giraffe’ Meteor Shower

The first meteors of a never-before-seen Memorial Day Weekend meteor shower, the Camelopardalids or ‘Giraffe’ shower, have already been seen, caught on camera, and cataloged, according to meteor researchers at the SETI Institute in Mountain View.

05/23/2014

(Courtesy 'Inside Science')

Beatles USA Debut Is Still Playing Among The Stars, Light-Years Away

As fans mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first performance on the Ed Sullivan show is still soaring in outer space. In fact, it’s on a star in the Pegasus constellation, almost 60 light-years away.

02/08/2014

PayPal

PayPal Galactic Launches In Anticipation Of Civilian Space Travel

The commercialization of space may not be moving at light speed, but it’s probably going faster than you think.

06/27/2013

PayPal

PayPal Looks To Conquer Payments In Space

PayPal wants to explore space — or at least begin to figure out how payments and commerce will work beyond Earth’s realm once space travel and tourism take off.

06/27/2013

Novato Meteorite

Mysterious Rock Found In Novato May Be Meteorite After All

A mysterious rock that hit a Novato home may be a meteorite after all.

10/26/2012

Novato Meteorite

‘Meteorite’ Found In Novato Turns Out To Be Just A Rock

It turns out an object that hit a Novato home and thought to be a meteorite is just a rock.

10/24/2012

Earth-Like Planet Discovered 20 Light Years Away

Public Recruited For New Space Experiment Ideas In South Bay

Citizens in Space, a non-profit group that hopes to use the new wave of private sub-orbital space flight to make scientific breakthroughs, has an informational meeting planned for this Thursday, where “citizen scientists” will be encouraged to develop experiments to be carried into space.

06/19/2012

SETI Director Jill Tarter (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

South Bay Disco Bash To Honor World’s Top Alien Hunter

Jill Tarter, the astronomer who was a prototype for the lead character in Carl Sagan’s novel Contact, will be honored with a disco serenade at her retirement party in Santa Clara this weekend.

06/19/2012

Sunday's meteor over the Sierra as seen from Reno, Nevada. (Lisa Warren/NASA-JPL)

Public Urged To Forward Sierra Meteor Photos, Video

NASA and the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence Institute were asking for the public’s help finding footage photos and video of a daylight meteor that fell over Northern California on Sunday.

04/26/2012

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