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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hopkins scientists pursue origins of the universe

    Hopkins scientists pursue origins of the universe
    Johns Hopkins University scientists are building a telescope meant to look at space in a way no one has before, hoping to probe the blackness between planets, stars and galaxies, into deep time and the mystery of how it all began. For decades,...
  • Solar flares expected to 'shockwave' Earth today

    Solar flares expected to 'shockwave' Earth today
    Feelin’ the heat? Three massive solar flares could “shockwave” Earth today. That’s the upshot from NASA and NOAA, after powerful plasma ejections erupted from the sun earlier this week. The flares pose no danger to humans,...