Latest Astronomy News

Meteor that streaked over Missouri weighed about 220 pounds

Nov. 13, 2019 8:59 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — NASA says a meteor seen streaking through the sky behind the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was a basketball-size hunk of rock that broke off from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that experts used hundreds of eyewitness accounts from as far away as...

Japan spacecraft starts yearlong journey home from asteroid

Nov. 13, 2019 8:03 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft left a distant asteroid on Wednesday, starting its yearlong journey home after successfully completing its mission to gather soil samples and data that could provide clues to the origins of the solar system, the country's space agency said. The Japan Aerospace Exploration...

Apparent meteor flashes across night sky in St. Louis area

Nov. 12, 2019 6:35 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Residents in the St. Louis area were treated to a sparkling display as an apparent meteor streaked across the sky. The National Weather Service posted a video of the flashing light flying across the area Monday night. It was taken by a volunteer storm spotter in the St. Louis suburb of...

Mini Mercury skips across sun's vast glare in rare transit

Nov. 11, 2019 6:21 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mini Mercury skipped across the vast, glaring face of the sun Monday in a rare celestial transit. Stargazers used solar-filtered binoculars and telescopes to spot Mercury — a tiny black dot — as it passed directly between Earth and the sun on Monday. The eastern...

Mercury putting on rare show Monday, parading across the sun

Nov. 8, 2019 4:54 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mercury is putting on a rare celestial show next week, parading across the sun in view of most of the world. The solar system's smallest, innermost planet will resemble a tiny black dot Monday as it passes directly between Earth and the sun. It begins at 7:35 a.m. EST. The...

3-2-1-Cookoff! Astronauts to bake cookies with new test oven

Oct. 31, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Forget reheated, freeze-dried space grub. Astronauts are about to get a new test oven for baking chocolate chip cookies from scratch. The next delivery of supplies for the International Space Station — scheduled for liftoff this weekend — includes the Zero G Oven....

Astronaut checks spacewalk off list; new dream is the moon

Oct. 27, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

A Maine native who wrote in her high school yearbook that she dreamed of going on a spacewalk has checked that off her list. Jessica Meir, along with Christina Koch, stepped outside the International Space Station on Oct. 18 for the first all-women spacewalk. Meir, the valedictorian of Caribou High School's Class...

Fossil trove shows life's fast recovery after big extinction

Oct. 24, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A remarkable trove of fossils from Colorado has revealed details of how mammals grew larger and plants evolved after the cataclysm that killed the dinosaurs. The thousands of specimens let scientists trace that history over a span of 1 million years, a mere eyeblink in Earth's lifespan....

Hubble Telescope zooms in on interstellar visitor

Oct. 16, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the best pictures yet of our newest interstellar visitor. This comet from outside our solar system is zooming by us at a blistering 110,000 mph (177,000 kph). Hubble caught some glam shots over the weekend from a distance of 260 million...

Astronomer to speak about Hubble Telescope at Ky university

Oct. 16, 2019 4:44 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former director and astronomer emeritus of the Space Telescope Science Institute will speak about the Hubble Space Telescope at the University of Louisville this month. Robert Williams will deliver the annual Bullitt lecture in astronomy at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31. The event is free and...