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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Hubble catches Jupiter's Great Red Spot in the act of shrinking

    Hubble catches Jupiter's Great Red Spot in the act of shrinking
    The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is a little less great than it used to be. New images of the spot taken in April by the Hubble Space Telescope indicate that it’s about 10,250 miles across, according to Amy Simon, an expert on Jupiter’s...
  • New meteor shower may peak this week: Why we haven't seen it before

    New meteor shower may peak this week: Why we haven't seen it before
    There's a new meteor shower coming this week. Maybe! From midnight to dawn PDT on Saturday morning, Earth might pass through a stream of debris left in the wake of a comet hundreds of years ago. The result could be a spectacular light show with as...
  • 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,...
  • $17.9-billion funding plan for NASA would boost planetary science

    $17.9-billion funding plan for NASA would boost planetary science
    The House Appropriations Committee recommended $17.9 billion in funding for NASA on Thursday, significantly boosting planetary science programs at Jet Propulsion Laboratories in La Canada Flintridge and continuing operation of a Palmdale-based flying...
  • Our sun's long-lost stellar sibling found at last, astronomers say

    Our sun's long-lost stellar sibling found at last, astronomers say
    A star born from the same cloud of gas as our sun 4.5 billion years ago has been found at last, astronomers say.  This solar sibling is a little bigger than our sun, and a little hotter at its surface. But an international team of researchers says it...
  • Adler's 'Destination Solar System' a stunning tour of the planets

    Adler's 'Destination Solar System' a stunning tour of the planets
    In previous shows since remaking its central domed theater, the Adler Planetarium has taken visitors into deep space, back to the celestial basics, and deep into the kind of awe the cosmos can inspire. This time around, for the new theatrical...
  • 'Cosmos' recap: Science is more than a boys club

    'Cosmos' recap: Science is more than a boys club
    Ask most people to name a famous scientist and — assuming they don’t draw a blank — they will likely cite Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking or possibly Cosmos host Neil de Grasse Tyson. You know, someone with high name...
  • Scientists discover world that spins so fast, a day is over in 8 hours

    Scientists discover world that spins so fast, a day is over in 8 hours
    If you think 24 hours isn't enough time to get everything done, here's a little perspective: You could be living on a world with an eight-hour day. For the first time, scientists have directly observed the spin of a planet outside our solar system,...
  • Winter's encore may obscure lunar eclipse

    Winter's encore may obscure lunar eclipse
    Winter is returning for an encore this week, with up to an inch of snow this evening and lows in the 20s over the next two nights. The slushy storm may pull out of the Chicago area in time for people to catch at least some of the lunar eclipse...
  • Clouds, rain forecast to block Tuesday's lunar eclipse

    Clouds, rain forecast to block Tuesday's lunar eclipse
    Rain, storms and clouds are forecast Monday night through Tuesday, likely blocking out any view of a full lunar eclipse -- sometimes known as a "Blood Moon" -- occurring early Tuesday morning. Clouds are forecast to move in Tuesday afternoon, with...
  • Total lunar eclipse to bring rare 'blood moon' to night sky

    Total lunar eclipse to bring rare 'blood moon' to night sky
    The first total eclipse of 2014 is poised to show itself Monday night in the form of a dark red "blood moon." In Los Angeles, the most impressive part will begin at 10:58 p.m. when the first "bite" is taken out of the moon. It will be blotted out...