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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...
  • Kepler's comeback? New K2 mission could chase wilder targets

    Kepler's comeback? New K2 mission could chase wilder targets
    Don't call it a comeback just yet. Astronomers mourned the Kepler Space Telescope after it was crippled last year. But NASA’s planet hunter may be getting a second chance at life — with an ingenious, just-so-crazy-it-might-work plan that would...
  • 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...
  • NASA would get $17.5 billion for 2015 under White House budget plan

    NASA would get $17.5 billion for 2015 under White House budget plan
    NASA’s budget for the 2015 fiscal year wouldn’t budge much from last year under the White House’s proposal for nearly $17.5 billion, as officials reaffirmed the commitment to extending the life of the International Space Station, funding...
  • Schiff says planetary science funding insufficient

    Schiff says planetary science funding insufficient
    Earlier this month, President Barack Obama released his $3.9 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2015. The plan sets aside $1.28 billion for planetary exploration — an amount one elected official is calling a far cry from what will be...
  • Explore the site of one of the moon's newest impact craters -- live

    Explore the site of one of the moon's newest impact craters -- live
    ) The largest lunar impact ever caught on camera took place last Sept. 11, when a small asteroid 2 to 4.5 feet in length slammed into our moon's pockmarked surface at 37,900 mph. The resulting explosion caused a flash of light that briefly burned as...
  • 2014 stargazing calendar: Catch three eclipses, new meteor shower

    2014 stargazing calendar: Catch three eclipses, new meteor shower
    Unique celestial events in 2014 include two full lunar eclipses visible from Maryland and a partial solar eclipse that will begin just before sunset one October afternoon. A new meteor shower could be a bonus. Here’s what stargazers have to look...
  • Water geysers erupt on Europa! Could Jupiter's icy moon host life?

    Water geysers erupt on Europa! Could Jupiter's icy moon host life?
    Jupiter’s icy moon Europa squirts water like a squishy bath toy when it’s squeezed by the gas giant’s gravity, scientists say. Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, they caught two 124-mile-tall geysers of water vapor spewing out...
  • Science Channel special chronicles Comet ISON’s journey

     
    Comet ISON has been the buzz among astronomers and average stargazers this year, and especially over the last month or so, with the “super comet” making its journey through our solar system at speeds exceeding 425,000 miles per hour. This...
  • 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...
  • 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...