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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • How to end an argument

    How to end an argument
    Two hundred and thirty years ago, Charles Marie de la Condamine returned to France with proof about the shape of the Earth after spending 10 years in Latin America. For thousands of years, human beings had roamed the planet indifferent to its form until...
  • Ceremony for enormous telescope disrupted by protesters in Hawaii

    Ceremony for enormous telescope disrupted by protesters in Hawaii
    A groundbreaking ceremony for the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii was disrupted Tuesday by protesters who oppose the telescope’s construction. The incident was the latest in a history of tension over what native Hawaiians...
  • Single neuron hub orchestrates activity of an entire brain circuit

    Single neuron hub orchestrates activity of an entire brain circuit
    Tel Aviv — The idea of mapping the brain is not new. Researchers have known for years that the key to treating, curing, and even preventing brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury, is to understand how the...
  • 'Blood moon' eclipse graces pre-dawn skies

    'Blood moon' eclipse graces pre-dawn skies
    Chicago and much of the country were treated to its second total lunar eclipse of the year just before dawn Wednesday. At 4:18 a.m., the moon slipped into the Earth’s shadow and continued to darken into a total eclipse from 5:27 a.m. until 6:22 a....
  • Water on Earth predates the solar system, and even the sun

    Water on Earth predates the solar system, and even the sun
    Some of the water molecules in your drinking glass were created more than 4.5 billion years ago, according to new research. That makes them older than the Earth, older than the solar system — even older than the sun itself. In a study...
  • Boynton artist selected for 63rd annual All Florida Exhibition

    Since relocating to Boynton Beach this year from Lexington, Ky., to begin her new position as assistant professor of art at Florida Atlantic University, Sharon Lee Hart has become fascinated by the sea. "Not as in fun in the sun," the photographer is...
  • 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...
  • Suddenly, the sun is eerily quiet: Where did the sunspots go?

    Suddenly, the sun is eerily quiet: Where did the sunspots go?
    Our sun has gone quiet. Almost too quiet. A few weeks ago it was teeming with sunspots, as you would expect since we are supposed to be in the middle of solar maximum -- the time in the sun's 11-year cycle when it is the most active. But now, there is...
  • Found: Earth-like planet in two-sun system. Are there more? [VIDEO]

    Found: Earth-like planet in two-sun system. Are there more? [VIDEO]
    Astronomers have spotted an Earth-like planet orbiting a single star in a two-star system, roughly 3,000 light-years away.  The newly found world is the second Earth-like planet to be observed in a compact binary star system, but its discovery...
  • Supermassive black hole creates awesome 'fireworks display' in space

    Supermassive black hole creates awesome 'fireworks display' in space
    Happy Fourth of July, space lovers! To help you celebrate the holiday, NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory released this image of a galactic "fireworks display" in a galaxy 23 million light years away.  That crazy explosion of color and light in the...
  • 'Magic Island' may show Titan's oceans are hardly pacific

    'Magic Island' may show Titan's oceans are hardly pacific
    The sudden disappearance of a bright spot on a methane sea on Titan could add more proof that Saturn’s largest moon is a lot like Earth – just colder and gasier. Astronomers at Cornell University were flipping between radar images of...