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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Suddenly, the sun is eerily quiet: Where did the sunspots go?

    Suddenly, the sun is eerily quiet: Where did the sunspots go?
    Our sun has gone quiet. Almost too quiet. A few weeks ago it was teeming with sunspots, as you would expect since we are supposed to be in the middle of solar maximum -- the time in the sun's 11-year cycle when it is the most active. But now, there is...
  • Contemplating the infinite at Adler Planetarium

    Contemplating the infinite at Adler Planetarium
    Go to Adler Planetarium if you're feeling big in your britches, a little prideful about our species' role in things. In Chicago's lakefront astronomy museum, there's no escaping what a little grain of sand on an enormous beach we are. Video...
  • Wisconsin astronomer discovers 'diamond star'

    A Milwaukee astronomer and colleagues have discovered a precious find: a star so old, and so cold, that it is made up of crystallized carbon better known as diamond. David Kaplan, an astronomer from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and...
  • Hopkins scientists pursue origins of the universe

    Hopkins scientists pursue origins of the universe
    Johns Hopkins University scientists are building a telescope meant to look at space in a way no one has before, hoping to probe the blackness between planets, stars and galaxies, into deep time and the mystery of how it all began. For decades,...
  • 'Magic Island' may show Titan's oceans are hardly pacific

    'Magic Island' may show Titan's oceans are hardly pacific
    The sudden disappearance of a bright spot on a methane sea on Titan could add more proof that Saturn’s largest moon is a lot like Earth – just colder and gasier. Astronomers at Cornell University were flipping between radar images of...
  • Teens launch balloons to edge of space, and so the adventure begins

    Teens launch balloons to edge of space, and so the adventure begins
    High in the Eastern Sierra, a pack of huskies is howling in the shadow of snow-covered peaks. Drawn by their song, 10 teenage members of the Earth to Sky Calculus club break from their work and gather on a cabin deck. Before long, they're howling too....
  • Supermassive black hole creates awesome 'fireworks display' in space

    Supermassive black hole creates awesome 'fireworks display' in space
    Happy Fourth of July, space lovers! To help you celebrate the holiday, NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory released this image of a galactic "fireworks display" in a galaxy 23 million light years away.  That crazy explosion of color and light in the...
  • Lehigh Valley liberal arts colleges warm up to online education

    Small classes. Lots of face time with professors. Lively debates on the humanities. These have long been the hallmark of liberal arts colleges. They're also the reason that such schools have resisted what has become a staple on many college campuses:...
  • Found: Earth-like planet in two-sun system. Are there more? [VIDEO]

    Found: Earth-like planet in two-sun system. Are there more? [VIDEO]
    Astronomers have spotted an Earth-like planet orbiting a single star in a two-star system, roughly 3,000 light-years away.  The newly found world is the second Earth-like planet to be observed in a compact binary star system, but its discovery...
  • READER SUBMITTED: The New Children's Museum Is Repeat Winner of Astronomy Day Award

    The New Children's Museum in West Hartford is excited to announce that for the second year in a row, it is the recipient of the 2014 Astronomy Day Award for Small Metropolitan Areas. Astronomy Day 2014 was held on May 10, and this year's theme at The New...
  • NASA: House bill substantially increases planetary funding budget

    NASA: House bill substantially increases planetary funding budget
    The Mars 2020 missions can remain on track and general funding for planetary science will be significantly boosted if a drafted proposal giving NASA $17.6 billion is approved, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced Wednesday.  The draft proposal,...