Missing The Beautiful Perseid Meteor Shower Was Dumb Of You

Look there were a lot of options. NASA streamed the shower with commentary, local astronomer associations were posting pictures, and there's always . . . what's that place? Oh right. Outside. You could have gone and watched. But no. It was a Saturday night and you were busy. » 8/18/13 4:25pm 8/18/13 4:25pm

Astronomers Discover Huge Comet Hurtling Towards Us

The Mayan Apocalypse nutcases will pass out when they learn that two Russian astronomers have discovered a new and gigantic comet coming in our direction—a huge two-mile wide ball of ice and rock that "may [become] one of the brightest in history." The comet is now passing by Saturn, gaining speed and becoming brighter… » 10/01/12 11:22am 10/01/12 11:22am

NASA Image Shows the Mayhem That Created Life on Earth

About 4.1 billion years ago, our solar system was a huge cluster of comets bombarding every planet orbiting the Sun and crashing into each other. That period of chaos is known as the Late Heavy Bombardment, and astronomers believe it was key to the formation of life in our planet. » 7/24/12 12:40pm 7/24/12 12:40pm