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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Study scans 100,000 galaxies for signs of alien life

    Study scans 100,000 galaxies for signs of alien life
    A study published by Penn State scientists used NASA’s Wide-field Infared Survey Explorer (WISE) images to study galaxies for extraterrestrial life and came up empty, for now. The team was looking for mid-infrared wavelengths hoping that if a...
  • 'The Messengers' brings tidings of great doom

    'The Messengers' brings tidings of great doom
    Premiering Friday on the CW, "The Messengers" is an eschatological biblical thriller from the network of "Supernatural," "iZombie," "Arrow" and "The 100." In the opening scene, two women in scrubs leave a hospital. "I'd almost lost faith until you guys,...
  • NASA's journey to Pluto: Here's what might go wrong

    NASA's journey to Pluto: Here's what might go wrong
    After a journey of 9.5 years across 3 billion miles of space, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is about three months away from its closest approach to the dwarf planet Pluto. The mission has gone according to plan so far, but NASA officials said hazards...
  • Comet lander's measurements weaken space magnetism theory

    Whatever caused small space rocks to lump together billions of years ago, magnetism is unlikely to be the reason. Scientists said Tuesday that measurements made by the European space probe Philae, which landed on comet 67P in November, show the comet's...
  • Look up! Brief total lunar eclipse to grace the sky Saturday

    Look up! Brief total lunar eclipse to grace the sky Saturday
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don't blink. There's a total eclipse of the moon Saturday — and it's an unusually short one. If there are clear skies, the 3 1 / 2-hour spectacle is visible from start to finish from the western U.S. and Canada where it...
  • Eureka! Complex organic molecules found in a young star system

    Eureka! Complex organic molecules found in a young star system
    Our solar system may not be as special as we thought. A new study of a young star’s protoplanetary disk finds the same kinds of complex organic molecules that are found on the comets in our own solar system. The findings, published in the...
  • Study finds gas flowing from black hole could stunt galaxy growth

    Study finds gas flowing from black hole could stunt galaxy growth
    When scientists first theorized about black holes, the idea was relatively simple: Their gravitational pull is so strong, nothing can escape them — not even light. But over the past decade, astrophysicists have wondered whether the full picture...
  • Art and science intersect at the School of the Art Institute

    Art and science intersect at the School of the Art Institute
    Eugenia Cheng had just cut a bagel into a Mobius strip and was explaining why a liquid could not assume the same shape, when a student posed a question: "That bagel looks like water coming from a waterfall," said Nico Camargo. "What if you froze water?"...
  • Young Jupiter wiped out solar system's early inner planets, study says

    Young Jupiter wiped out solar system's early inner planets, study says
    Before Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars occupied the inner solar system, there may have been a previous generation of planets that were bigger and more numerous – but were ultimately doomed by Jupiter, according to a new study. If indeed the early...
  • A physicist explains 'Furious 7'

    Matthew Kleban holds a doctorate in physics from Stanford, conducted postdoctorate research at Albert Einstein's alma mater the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and is now part of the research group at NYU's Center for Cosmology and Particle...
  • Arizona home of Pluto discovery dedicates year to icy world

    A sushi restaurant in downtown Flagstaff added a Pluto roll to its menu. A yearlong exhibit celebrates the work of the amateur astronomer in the city who discovered the now-dwarf planet in 1930. And a walking tour leads people to the movie theater and...