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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • 'Leap second' will give you a (very) little more time in 2015

    If you were hoping to find a little more time for yourself or your loved ones in the new year, you are in luck: 2015 is going to be exactly one second longer than 2014. The "leap second" was decreed this week by astronomers at the International Earth...
  • Astronomers seek widest view ever of the universe with new telescope

    SEATTLE At the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society last week, the booth devoted to a revolutionary new telescope called the LSST got a lot of traffic. Staffed by scientists from the University of Washington and other institutions, the...
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson to host 'Star Talk' late-night series

    Neil deGrasse Tyson to host 'Star Talk' late-night series
    Heads up Jimmy, Jimmy, Stephen and Conan: the late-night fray is about to be joined by someone whose brain is bigger than everyone else's. Neil deGrasse Tyson is getting his own late-night talk show, "Star Talk," on National Geographic Channel. The...
  • Datebook

    Sunday, Jan. 11 Uplifting concert The annual "Lift Every Voice" concert will be held at 4 p.m. in St. John's College's Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave. in Annapolis. No tickets or reservations required, but seating is limited. A reception...
  • CERN particle smasher to turn back on at record power in March

    CERN particle smasher to turn back on at record power in March
    CERN's Large Hadron Collider will be turned back on in March and a few weeks later will start smashing sub-atomic particles together again at nearly double its previous power, helping scientists hunt for clues about the universe. The world's biggest...
  • Don L. Anderson dies at 81; former director of Caltech's seismology lab

    Don L. Anderson dies at 81; former director of Caltech's seismology lab
    Don L. Anderson, a professor emeritus of geophysics at Caltech and former head of its Seismological Laboratory, died of cancer Dec. 2 in Cambria, Calif., according to the school. He was 81. Anderson directed the lab from 1967 to 1989 and continued to...
  • What a comeback: Revived Kepler spacecraft finds its first new planet

    What a comeback: Revived Kepler spacecraft finds its first new planet
    It doesn’t pay to bet against Kepler. Even though the NASA spacecraft was hobbled a year and a half ago, the battered telescope has still managed to find a super-Earth. At 20,000 miles across, the newly discovered planet is 2.5 times as wide as...
  • Rosetta postcard: Could you jump from these cliffs?

    Rosetta postcard: Could you jump from these cliffs?
    While Philae rests quietly on the dark surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's Rosetta orbiter is continuing to snap amazing images of the comet's nucleus and beam them back to Earth. The picture above was taken Dec. 10...
  • Dazzling! NuSTAR captures sun's portrait in solar X-rays

    Dazzling! NuSTAR captures sun's portrait in solar X-rays
    It’s time to see the sun in a whole new light – X-ray light. NASA’s NuSTAR space telescope has taken a stunning portrait of our home star in high-energy X-rays. The related research, presented at the American Geophysical Union...
  • Solar observatory in Big Bear grapples with prospect of being eclipsed

    Solar observatory in Big Bear grapples with prospect of being eclipsed
    Motors whirred as a gleaming white dome slowly opened, allowing one of the premier solar telescopes in the world to track the magnetic fields and exploding flares of the sun. In a few hours, computers would translate that data into detailed video and...
  • Astronomers find 'new' dwarf galaxy in Milky Way's neighborhood

    Astronomers find 'new' dwarf galaxy in Milky Way's neighborhood
    Hey, neighbor! Astronomers searching the sky with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have discovered an odd little dwarf galaxy in our very own backyard -- a mere 7 million light years away. The findings, described in the Monthly Notices of the Royal...