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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Water on Earth predates the solar system, and even the sun

    Water on Earth predates the solar system, and even the sun
    Some of the water molecules in your drinking glass were created more than 4.5 billion years ago, according to new research.
  • Water vapor detected in clear skies on Neptune-sized exoplanet

    Water vapor detected in clear skies on Neptune-sized exoplanet
    Eureka! Astronomers say they’ve discovered clear skies and water vapor on a Neptune-sized exoplanet named HAT-P-11b -- which, at roughly four times the Earth's radius, is the smallest planet yet known to host water in its atmosphere. The...

    Fall starts Monday? Sez who?

    Monday is the first day of autumn. This is according to the chart of astronomical seasons and the little calendar here at my desk. Sept. 22, astronomers believe, is the first day of the fall season this year. Astronomers also believe, ridiculously, that...

    Astronomers find gigantic black hole -- in a teeny tiny galaxy

    Astronomers find gigantic black hole -- in a teeny tiny galaxy
    Sometimes big surprises come wrapped in tiny galactic packages. That’s the strange find from a team of astronomers who discovered an enormous supermassive black hole in a very unlikely place: at the center of an ultracompact dwarf galaxy. The...

    Northern lights sightings possible in Chicago Friday

    The northern lights might be coming to Chicago tonight and they're not playing at Riot Fest.  A large "coronal mass ejection"—the technical term for a bunch of charged photons from the sun jetting toward earth—that occured Wednesday will hit...