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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • #ESOrumors from the edge of the solar system

    It began with a cryptic announcement of a press conference in Brazil where “an international team of astronomers” would announce “a surprise discovery in the outer solar system.” If that sounds intriguing to you, you’re not...
  • New dwarf planet in the Oort cloud changes picture of solar system

    Astronomers searching for the faintest glimmers of light beyond distant Pluto say they’ve discovered a new dwarf planet – and that this planetoid’s movements hint that an invisible giant planet perhapsĀ 10 times the size of Earth could be...
  • Discovery of new dwarf planet hints at other objects in solar system

    Discovery of new dwarf planet hints at other objects in solar system
    Planet-hunters scouring the heavens have found thousands of distant worlds around other stars, but astronomers may have overlooked one lurking much closer to home. Scientists searching for glimmers of light beyond Pluto say they've discovered a new...
  • In a first, scientists find an asteroid with rings

    In a first, scientists find an asteroid with rings
    In a first, scientists have detected rings encircling an M&M-shaped asteroid known as Chariklo. Until now, only the solar system's four gas planets — Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and especially Saturn — were known to have rings. "It was an...
  • Check It Out: Science on the tube

    Science is pretty amazing. By studying the world and the infinite space around us, science sets us down the road to discover who we are, where we've come from and where we're going. However, most scientific discussions can be difficult to comprehend for...
  • Hubble spots comet heading toward Mars, spewing space dust

    Hubble spots comet heading toward Mars, spewing space dust
    Hubble has spotted a comet named Sliding Spring spewing gas and dust into space as it zooms to a close encounter with Mars in October. Researchers working with the Hubble Space Telescope recently released two images of the comet. The image on the left,...
  • Watch X1 solar flare erupt from sun: Flare was unusually strong, fast

    Watch X1 solar flare erupt from sun: Flare was unusually strong, fast
    An immense solar flare burst from the sun Saturday, and as of Monday there were "several coronal mass ejections in play," according to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center. A coronal mass ejection is a huge release --billions of tons -- of solar...
  • The man who killed Pluto

    The man who killed Pluto
    The shutters to the dome sheltering the 200-inch telescope on Palomar Mountain open with a clunk. With a steady purr of the two-horsepower motors, the twin panels, 115 tons each, begin to part. A twilight sky slowly breaks over the curved edge....
  • UC will take part in Hawaii telescope project with Caltech

    SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California took a big step Thursday toward what astronomers predict will be vastly improved exploration of the solar system and universe. The UC regents approved the university's participation in the...
  • On Saturn's moon Titan, scientists catch waves in methane lakes

    On Saturn's moon Titan, scientists catch waves in methane lakes
    Now that spring is here, maybe it's time to grab your surfboard and head to some far-off coastline -- perhaps as far as the outer solar system. Scientists using NASA's Cassini spacecraft have found hints of waves sloshing on Titan, Saturn’s...
  • Fox's Starry 'Cosmos' Premiere Shows Off 'P.T. Barnum Element' in Science Docu

    The Greek Theater's Cosmos Pavilion was decked out with shining stars from floor to ceiling for the live global premiere of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" on Wednesday evening. The docu-series, presented by Fox and the National Geographic Channel, is a...