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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Planetary system older than once thought possible -- 11.2 billion years old

    Planetary system older than once thought possible -- 11.2 billion years old
    The oldest planetary system ever found has been spotted by astronomers. The ancient star and five small, Earth-like planets are about 11.2 billion years old.
  • Charles Townes, physicist who invented the laser, dies at 99

    Charles Townes, the Columbia University physicist who transformed modern society with his invention of the maser and the laser, receiving the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics for his effort, has died. He was 99. Townes, who had been in failing health, died...

    Is ET phoning Earth? Not so fast ...

    Is ET phoning Earth? Not so fast ...
    Australian astronomers picked up an “alien” radio burst from space in real time last year, but say the chances of it coming from a sentient source are slim to none. It’s not the first radio blast picked up by terrestrials here on...

    Asteroid to make near-Earth pass Monday night

    Asteroid to make near-Earth pass Monday night
    A mountainous asteroid will make a near-Earth pass Monday night, giving us a preview of an event that could have our descendants sweating, the Los Angeles Times reports. Asteroid 2004 BL86, about five football fields wide, will come within 745,000 miles...

    Mountain of an asteroid will be visible from Earth tonight

    Mountain of an asteroid will be visible from Earth tonight
    A mountainous asteroid will make a near-Earth pass Monday night, giving us a preview of an event that could have our descendants sweating. Asteroid 2004 BL86, about five football fields wide, will come within 745,000 miles of Earth -- about three...