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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • 'Cosmos' recap: Starts with a big bang

    'Cosmos' recap: Starts with a big bang
    Science geeks whipped themselves into a veritable frenzy of anticipation over the weekend for the premiere of "Cosmos," the much-touted reboot of the classic series created by astronomer Carl Sagan in the 1970s. You have to understand: Sagan and his...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • When can I see the lunar eclipse in Chicago?

    When can I see the lunar eclipse in Chicago?
    A rare celestial show will be visible in the early-morning sky Tuesday in Chicago--if the weather cooperates. A full lunar eclipse will unfold over three hours beginning at 12:58 a.m. Tuesday as Earth's shadow falls across the moon, shifting its color...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...