Lunar eclipse: Early Saturday morning, skywatchers in parts of North America saw a shadow pass across part of the nearly full moon as it hung low on the horizon.
Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest serving U.S. senator in history, changed West Virginia forever. Robert Byrd was named 'West Virginian of the 20th century.'
This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows what astronomers are referring to as a 'snake' (upper left) and its surrounding stormy environment. The sinuous object is actually the core of a thick, sooty cloud large enough to swallow dozens of solar systems. In fact, astronomers say the 'snake's belly' may be harboring beastly stars in the process of forming.
Astronomers have discovered 14 failed stars, or brown dwarfs, that are only 350 to 620 degrees Fahrenheit. Compare this with the 10,000-degree blazing awesomeness of our sun.
Lunar eclipse fans living in central and western North America are in for a special treat. The 'moon illusion' will make Saturday morning's partial lunar eclipse appear much larger than normal.
This artist's impression shows the Cygnus X-1 binary star system, one of the brightest X-ray sources in the sky. Data suggest that there is a small, very dense object about nine times the mass of the sun in this star system. The object could be a black hole, but, strangely, it appears to have formed without a supernova.
California earthquake: NASA radar images show that the powerful quake that struck Baja California in April moved Calexico, a city on the US-Mexico border, some 31 inches to the south.
Water on Mars flowed as recently as several hundred million years ago, much later than had been previously believed, researchers say.
This composite image shows N49, the aftermath of a supernova explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Scientists have succeeded in clocking the winds in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting a star in the constellation Pegasus. Windiest planet in our solar system is Neptune, at 1,200 m.p.h.