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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Cosmic inflation: Dust finally settles on BICEP2 results

    Cosmic inflation: Dust finally settles on BICEP2 results
    Reports of evidence of cosmic inflation may have been, well, overblown. When the BICEP2 team announced last year that they had found signs of cosmic inflation, the universe’s powerful growth spurt that had been predicted but that had never been...
  • 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...
  • 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. Until now, scientists questioned whether rocky planets could have formed so long ago, just 2....
  • 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...
  • Mountain-sized asteroid to closely pass Earth in 'subtle' way

    Mountain-sized asteroid to closely pass Earth in 'subtle' way
    A huge 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 times as...
  • 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...
  • Asteroid swings very near Earth: Are you up for a midnight viewing?

    Asteroid swings very near Earth: Are you up for a midnight viewing?
    An asteroid five football fields wide will make a near-Earth flyby on Monday, and you may be able to see it at the witching hour with a pair of strong binoculars. Late Monday -- particularly at midnight -- will be prime time for trying to catch a...
  • NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on Pluto

    Pluto, get ready for your close-up. After traveling nine years across more than 3 billion miles of space, a spacecraft the size of a grand piano is about to give humanity its first high-resolution view of the dwarf planet that's about two-thirds the...
  • 'The Principle' takes on cosmology, Earth's place in universe

    Copernicus, shmernicus! That's the geocentric gist of "The Principle," a shrewdly orchestrated documentary that's intent on restoring Earth's former status as the center of the universe — the going belief until a guy named Nicolaus Copernicus gave...
  • Time to see Comet Lovejoy before it leaves for 8,000 years

    Time to see Comet Lovejoy before it leaves for 8,000 years
    California sky watchers may be able to see two celestial bodies zooming past Earth in the next few days with just a pair of binoculars. If they're savvy. Comet Lovejoy, which won't be back for 8,000 years, is visible in the night sky, and on Monday an...
  • Astronomers seek widest view ever of the universe with new telescope

    SEATTLE At the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society last week, the booth devoted to a revolutionary new telescope called the LSST got a lot of traffic. Staffed by scientists from the University of Washington and other institutions, the...