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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • NASA gets some funding for Mars 2020 rover in federal spending bill

    NASA gets some funding for Mars 2020 rover in federal spending bill
    Congressional negotiators released a $1.1-trillion omnibus spending bill for the 2014 fiscal year that’s more generous to NASA’s scientific endeavors than the White House’s proposal, but it may be too soon to celebrate, officials said...
  • 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...
  • Hubble harnesses gravity to find dim, ancient galaxies near big bang

    Hubble harnesses gravity to find dim, ancient galaxies near big bang
    If you’re a giant space telescope squinting into the far reaches of the cosmos, gravity is your best friend. Using the magnifying powers of massive galaxy clusters, three of NASA’s Great Observatories – the Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...