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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Video: Watch this space rock crash and flash on the moon's surface

    Video: Watch this space rock crash and flash on the moon's surface
    For a brief moment last September, a flash on the moon shone about as bright as the North Star, Polaris,  giving away the biggest crash from a space rock hitting the lunar surface ever caught on camera, astronomers say. The discovery -- "the brightest...
  • Light Pollution Dims View Of Comet, Shrinks Our Horizons

    Comet ISON is barreling toward the center of our solar system, where on Thanksgiving it will slingshot around the sun and head back past Earth. It's already putting on one of the best shows we've had in a while. Astronomers announced Nov. 14 that the...
  • Jackpot! NASA's Kepler telescope finds 'mother lode' of 715 planets

    Jackpot! NASA's Kepler telescope finds 'mother lode' of 715 planets
    Using a brand-new technique, scientists using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope have found 715 confirmed planets huddling around 305 stars, nearly triple Kepler’s previous total of 246 confirmed planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Nearly 95% of...
  • Hubble Space Telescope finds clouds on super-Earth, Neptune-sized planets

    Hubble Space Telescope finds clouds on super-Earth, Neptune-sized planets
    Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, two research teams have discovered thick layers of high-altitude clouds covering the atmospheres of two relatively nearby exoplanets: a super-Earth and a "warm Neptune." Scientists are beginning to get a handle...
  • Supernova dust factory seen at last; may explain early galaxy formation

    Supernova dust factory seen at last; may explain early galaxy formation
    Using a powerful radio telescope, scientists have spotted an enormous cloud of dust billowing in the center of a supernova - finally. The discovery, announced at the American Astronomical Society, helps to confirm what scientists have long thought -...
  • Bright ancient galaxies offer rare glimpse of early universe

    A quartet of galaxies spied with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are among the oldest yet discovered — more than 13 billion years old, born just 500 million years after the big bang. They're also incredibly bright, so luminous that they offer a new...
  • A lunar eclipse last Friday? Not so fast ...

    A lunar eclipse last Friday? Not so fast ...
    Was that a lunar eclipse last Friday? Not so fast … A Hampton Roads resident thought she saw a lunar eclipse last Friday just after dusk. She told the Daily Press she even pulled off the road and stopped to get a better look. But … was...
  • Northern lights may make rare appearance in parts of U.S.

    A solar storm may cast colored lights – known as the Aurora Borealis or Northern lights – in the sky over parts of the northern Plains, the Great Lakes region and Northeast on Thursday and Friday, forecasters say. “It’s a very...
  • 28 neutrinos from outside the solar system open new era in astronomy

    28 neutrinos from outside the solar system open new era in astronomy
    In a cosmos filled with darkness, scientists say they’ve discovered the first elusive neutrinos to come from¬† outside our solar system in a quarter-century. The groundbreaking discovery made beneath the ice of Antarctica opens a whole new window...
  • Comet ISON is see-through, and that's not good

    Comet ISON is see-through, and that's not good
    Did Comet ISON survive its brush with the sun? Four days after the comet made its closest approach to our nearest star, the scientific consensus is "probably not." Yes, something did survive ISON's harrowing Thanksgiving Day encounter with the sun. (See...
  • Supernova blast emitted record burst of gamma rays

    Supernova blast emitted record burst of gamma rays
    Astronomers have chronicled a record-setting burst of gamma rays from the violent death throes of a relatively nearby massive star that imploded into a black hole. The duration of the event -- on the order of hours -- as well as the number of photons...