Earth

(AP Photo)

NASA set to launch latest satellite to study sun

LOS ANGELES (AP) – NASA is preparing to launch its latest sun-monitoring satellite on a mission to improve space weather prediction. The Iris satellite will observe a little-studied region of the sun that emits ultraviolet […]

06/04/2013

An asteroid above the earth. (AP Photo)

Big asteroid swinging by Earth has its own moon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers getting their first close-up glimpse of a giant asteroid about to whiz by Earth found a surprise bonus rock. A smaller moon asteroid is circling the larger space rock, an unusual […]

05/30/2013

An asteroid above the earth. (AP Photo)

QE2 asteroid to fly by Earth from safe distance

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid more than 1½ miles long will zoom past Earth this week from a far-off distance. The big rock called Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make its closest approach Friday. […]

05/28/2013

Seismograph reading of an earthquake. (AP Photo)

Large earthquake strikes off coast of Chile

  SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but Chilean officials said it was not felt on land and discarded the possibility […]

05/20/2013

Solar flare

Sun unleashes strongest solar flare of 2013 so far

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sun has fired off a massive flare, the strongest solar eruption this year. The powerful flare occurred Sunday and erupted on the side of the sun that was not facing […]

05/13/2013

A hurricane at Saturn's North Pole (Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Hampton University)

Monster hurricane watch at Saturn’s North Pole

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured stunning views of a monster hurricane at Saturn’s North Pole. The eye of the cyclone is an enormous 1,250 miles across. Watch a NASA-narrated video about it here.

04/29/2013

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Earth Day and Festival of Books

It’s a busy weekend with Earth Day celebrations in several locations not to mention the L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC Saturday and Sunday.

04/19/2013

An asteroid above the earth. (AP Photo)

Senator: NASA to lasso asteroid, bring it closer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top senator says President Barack Obama and NASA are planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon. Then astronauts would explore it in 2021.

04/05/2013

NASA Curiosity rover

Mars rover back in action after computer problems

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Mars rover Curiosity is humming again after being sidelined by back-to-back computer problems. The six-wheel rover fired up its onboard laboratories and analyzed a pinch of rock dust over the weekend.

03/25/2013

Baby red crabs emerging from the ocean on Christmas Island National Park. Video still from ParksAustralia via YouTube.

Swarming red crabs on Christmas Island

For some strange reason, red crabs swarming the location of Christmas Island has jumped back up into the trending topics on Yahoo, Google, and more as of Monday, March 25, 2013.

03/25/2013

NASA Curiosity rover

Mars rover Curiosity stands down after new problem

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another problem is preventing the Mars rover Curiosity from resuming its science experiments. The mission’s chief scientist said Monday the rover went into safe mode again over the weekend because of a computer file error.

03/18/2013

(Photo: Science At Nasa's YouTube channel)

Comet posing beside crescent moon in cool photo op

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Now’s your chance to see the comet that passed within 100 million miles of Earth last week. Twilight on Tuesday will provide the best photo op for the comet called Pan-STARRS.

03/11/2013

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