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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Are we alone? Do we want to know?

    It was near Green Bank, West Virginia, in 1960 that a young radio astronomer named Frank Drake conducted the first extensive search for alien civilizations in deep space. He aimed the 85-foot dish of a radio telescope at two nearby, sun-like stars, tuning to a frequency he thought an alien civilization might use for interstellar communication.
  • Scientists shocked by far-out star clusters on fringes of Milky Way

    Scientists shocked by far-out star clusters on fringes of Milky Way
    High above the spiral Milky Way, astronomers have spotted two clusters of new stars growing at the fringes of our galaxy. The discovery, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, appears to be the first such stellar...

    Leonard Nimoy leaves legacy beyond science-fiction

    Leonard Nimoy didn't just leave a lasting impression on the science-fiction world, he also left his mark on science itself. Seth Shostak, who researches the possibility of real-world extraterrestrial life as the senior astronomer at SETI Research,...

    Astronomers find a shockingly ancient black hole the size of 12 billion suns

    Some 12.8 billion light years away, astronomers have spotted an object of almost impossible brightness — the most luminous object ever seen in such ancient space. It's from just 900 million years after the big bang, and the old quasar — a...

    Big, bright quasar from ancient universe stuns scientists

    Big, bright quasar from ancient universe stuns scientists
    Deep in the universe’s past, astronomers have discovered a luminous quasar powered by an enormous black hole that contains the mass of 12 billion suns. The incredibly bright object is ancient -- shining when the universe was only 875 million years...