Crescents of the moon and Venus will be visible on Saturday night, astronomers say, but you'll need binoculars to make out Venus' crescent. The crescent moon, moving eastward, will seem to pass directly below Venus, moving westward.
An asteroid expected to pass Earth on Feb. 15 will fly within a record-setting 17,200 miles, closer than many orbiting satellites and even the moon, astronomers say. Researchers stress that the asteroid 2012 DA14, about 150 feet wide, is not expected to hit the planet.
Scientists are working on a mission concept that focuses on bringing samples of ice particles from Enceladus, Saturn's sixth-largest moon, to Earth to be studied for signs of life. Enceladus has the four things needed to support life -- carbon, an energy source, nitrogen and liquid water. A space vehicle will fly through icy particles discharged into space by Enceladus' geysers and will send the collected samples in a capsule to Earth.
Google has issued a denial of a New York Times report describing a deal between Google and Verizon Communications that would stymie Net neutrality by offering superior Internet service for a price. The companies are reportedly nearing an agreement that might offer a model for how to resolve the Net neutrality issue. Verizon is also denying there is such a deal.
The Federal Communications Commission said it is ending its closed-door meetings with Google, Verizon and other technology companies after indicating that the discussions were not moving toward a productive plan for Net neutrality.