astronomy

To The Stars From KC

Jul 22, 2013
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There are plenty of spots to stargaze in Kansas City, and you never know what celestial bodies you might find-- even the Andromeda galaxy.

City Lights Vs. The Night Sky

Jul 22, 2013

Ever look up in the sky and wondered why you can’t always see the stars?

Stargazing in KC

Mar 14, 2013

Looking up at the sky is something we do everyday; maybe to check the weather, see if the sun is poking out and you need a jacket, and for some, to discover more about the universe we live in.


Bryan Thompson / Kansas Public Radio

An eastern Kansas man who built his own telescope and operates it from a shed in his back yard has discovered a previously unknown and potentially hazardous asteroid.

Gary Hug lives near Scranton. He was trying to help plot the orbit of a known Near Earth Object when he noticed something Sunday night that appeared to be moving too slow to be a satellite, but too fast to be a main belt asteroid.

Celestial Happenings: Your Venus Transit Questions Answered

Jun 6, 2012
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If you missed the Venus transit Tuesday afternoon, we have bad news: you’re not going to have another chance to see it. 

Sylvie Beland / NASA

A rare astronomical event will be visible over the skies of Kansas City at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday, June 5—the transit of Venus.  That’s when Venus, from our viewpoint, will pass across the sun.

There's a small spacecraft called Messenger that's been orbiting the planet Mercury for a year. Today, at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, astronomers revealed what they've learned about the innermost planet in our solar system, and some of the new knowledge is puzzling.

Maria Zuber, a planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studied a large crater 900 miles across called Caloris.