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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • 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...
  • India's Mars mission enters last lap; faces crucial test on September 24

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's first mission to Mars will attempt to put a spacecraft in orbit around the red planet next week, in a crucial test of a low-cost project carrying the country's hopes to join the leaders of a global space race. A...
  • 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...
  • Watch a beautiful, powerful solar eruption

    Watch a beautiful, powerful solar eruption
    New video provides an amazing view of a recent solar eruption captured by a NASA spacecraft orbiting the sun. Material can be seen bursting from the surface of the sun in an M-class coronal mass ejection. What makes this footage particularly intriguing,...
  • Toronto Film Review: 'The Theory of Everything'

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The intricate workings of a rare and remarkable mind are rendered in simple, accessible terms in "The Theory of Everything,". Striving to pay equal tribute to Hawking's first wife, Jane (on whose memoir the film is based),...
  • Stargazing made easy

    Stargazing made easy
    Star Walk ($2.99 for iPhone, iPad in an HD version, Android and Kindle; $2.49 for Windows phone; and $4.99 for iPad) What it is: an interactive astronomy guide that harnesses your device's GPS to show you where constellations are in relation to your...
  • House-sized asteroid to buzz Earth on Sunday

    A recently discovered asteroid about the size of a house will make a relatively close pass by Earth on Sunday, flying just past the communication satellites that circle the planet, scientists said. NASA said the asteroid, known as 2014 RC, poses no...
  • Towson library patrons explore final frontier in Discover Space exhibit

    Towson library patrons explore final frontier in Discover Space exhibit
    If a bus-sized iron asteroid traveling at approximately 12 miles per second hit New York City, would Baltimore be spared? The answer to this and other space questions can be found in Discover Space, an interactive learning exhibit on display at the...
  • Welcome to Laniakea, your galactic supercluster home

    Welcome to Laniakea, your galactic supercluster home
    Home, supercluster home. Astronomers studying the skies have found that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is part of an enormous supercluster of galaxies that has  been named Laniakea, which comes from the Hawaiian words for “immeasurable heaven.”...
  • New map shows Milky Way lives in Laniakea galaxy complex

    CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - The Milky Way galaxy resides on the outskirts of a massive, previously unknown galaxy super-cluster scientists have named Laniakea, from Hawaiian words for "immeasurable heaven." The discovery, reported in this week's...