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U.S. Naval Observatory explains green light seen in the sky

A green light in the sky Wednesday night left many in the D.C. region saying, "did you see that?"

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 01:00pm EDT
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Ex-NASA engineer gets probation in software piracy

A former NASA engineer who pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy in a copyright infringement scheme led by two Chinese nationals has been sentenced to probation.

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 04:27pm EDT

Steering girls toward STEM: Statistics and solutions

Women are significantly underrepresented in one of the fastest growing job sectors in the U.S. Experts say parents and teachers need to support girls' interest in math and science at a young age.

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 09:14am EDT

Perseid shower to light up late-night sky

It's the time of summer when the sky provides a celestial shower to delight campers and city-dwellers alike.

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 08:54pm EDT
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NASA launches 2 rockets from Va.'s Eastern Shore

Following several postponements, NASA has launched two suborbital rockets from the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Thursday - 07/04/2013, 02:31pm EDT

Md. man sentenced for thefts from Goddard

Md. man sentenced for stealing from Goddard Space Flight Center, selling tools to pawn shops

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 06:11pm EDT

Remembering Sally Ride's historic launch into space

Thirty years ago, Sally Ride shattered a glass ceiling high above the Earth as she became the first American woman to fly into space.

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 02:49pm EDT

NASA plans to capture asteriod, crowdsource ideas

NASA is hosting a live forum Tuesday morning to share their plans to capture an asteroid, in addition to other asteroid-related topics.

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 10:55am EDT

Massive asteroid set for flyby of Earth

On Friday, the 1.7-mile-wide space rock 1998 QE2 will harmlessly fly by Earth at a distance of 3.6 million miles at 4:59 p.m. EDT.

Friday - 05/31/2013, 01:03pm EDT
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A planetary trio will waltz in the western sky

If the skies remain clear for the next several days, be sure to take a peek in the western sky 30 to 45 minutes after sunset - you will be treated to a changing and beautiful sky show involving Venus, Jupiter and Mercury, the three brightest planents (in that order).

Saturday - 05/25/2013, 05:46pm EDT

Private spaceship tests underway in Va, Calif

A Colorado company developing a spaceship to take astronauts to the International Space Station is having its spacecraft undergo a series of landing-focused tests at NASA facilities in Virginia and California.

Thursday - 05/16/2013, 04:33pm EDT

May sky show

If the clouds clear for Mother's Day, be sure to take a peek in the western sky after sunset.

Saturday - 05/11/2013, 11:26pm EDT

Test launch of unmanned space rocket delayed

Weather again delays test launch of private rocket designed to deliver space station supplies

Monday - 04/22/2013, 05:28pm EDT

Watch Wallops Island test rocket launch live (VIDEO)

After two delays in three days, a company contracted by NASA to deliver supplies to the International Space Station is preparing to launch a test rock from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility along the eastern shore of Virginia.

Sunday - 04/21/2013, 03:51pm EDT

Winds force scrubbing of unmanned rocket launch

High winds force company to scrub launch of unmanned test rocket from Virginia

Saturday - 04/20/2013, 06:00pm EDT

NASA gives OK for rocket test launch to proceed

NASA has given the OK for a private company to proceed with a test launch of a rocket that will eventually help carry cargo to the International Space Station.

Tuesday - 04/16/2013, 06:40pm EDT

Comet from depths of solar system to be briefly visible

This week, the western sky will have a visitor from the depths of the outer solar system: the Comet PanSTARRS.

Tuesday - 03/12/2013, 09:40pm EDT

Watch as asteroid passes over Earth

An asteroid is headed towards Earth -- and while astronomers say we're not in any danger, we won't have a good view from North America to see the asteroid pass over the planet.

Friday - 02/15/2013, 03:09pm EST

Seeing the elusive Mercury

Mercury, the elusive and speedy planet closest to the Sun is starting to put on its best appearance for the whole year as it nears the planet Mars in our skies.

Sunday - 02/10/2013, 03:58pm EST

Scientists see opportunity in asteroid's close encounter

Bill Hardwood, CBS News space consultant

Thursday - 02/07/2013, 05:39pm EST

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