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Space

Eye On The Bay - Chabot Observatory

Bay Area Viewers Attempt Glimpse Of Passing Asteroid

According to Oakland-based Chabot Space and Science Center astronomer Ben Burress, the asteroid missed Earth by about 17,230 miles, closer than many of earth’s satellites.

02/15/2013

A man in Moscow looks at a computer screen displaying a picture reportedly taken in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk on February 15, 2013, showing the trail of a meteorite above a residential area of the city. A heavy meteor shower rained down today on central Russia, sowing panic as the hurtling space debris smashed windows and injured dozens of stunned locals, officials said. (YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

NorCal Scientist Says Meteor Explosion Nearly Impossible To Predict

An event similar to the meteor explosion in the sky over Russia Friday morning, which blasted out countless windows and injured as many as 1,000 people, could happen without much warning in California, according to a local space scientist.

02/15/2013

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

The SpaceX Grasshopper Rocket.  (CBS)

SpaceX Successfully Tests Reusable Rocket

A Southern California-based space company has successfully tested a reusable rocket it hopes will make it cheaper to go into space.

12/25/2012

Capitol Corridor

Capitol Corridor Trains To Become More Bike Friendly

The state transit agency plans to increase the bicycle carrying capacity of 14 railcars from three bicycles per car to 13, and add 330 cubic feet of additional luggage storage as part of an $8.3 million conversion project, a spokesman said Friday.

11/09/2012

Mars Rover Curiosity

Signs Of Water On Mars Excites NASA Ames Scientists

Data being sent back by the Curiosity rover on Mars shows there was likely water on the red planet for thousands, if not millions of years.

09/27/2012

The Space Shuttle Endavour flies on top of a modified 747 jumbo jet over the Golden Gate Bridge, September 21, 2012. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Huge Bay Area Crowds Cheer Shuttle Endeavour Flyover

Hundreds of people gathered at San Francisco’s Crissy Field and in the Marin Headlands Friday morning to watch the Space Shuttle Endeavour make a low-altitude pass near the Golden Gate Bridge.

09/21/2012

Sally Ride (Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion: Sally Ride, A Role Model For The Ages

Looking around our nation, it’s obvious that we need more heroines and heroes with Sally Ride’s brave and courageous character. Her inspiration and legacy must live on to create the heroines – and heroes – of the future.

07/24/2012

A meteor (L) from the Geminids meteor shower enters the Earth's atmosphere. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

SF Fundraising Begins To Build Warning System For Asteroid Threats

Sentinel, a massive infrared space telescope to be privately financed by the B612 Foundation, would hover in space anywhere from 30 million to 100 million miles from Earth looking for large asteroids on a trajectory for home.

06/28/2012

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

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