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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • College Notes: Birthday bash for William Shakespeare April 22 at CLC

    College birthday bash, readings, scholars and more. College of Lake County, Grayslake Birthday Bash: Celebrate William Shakespeare's birthday and the impact of his work at CLC's annual celebration from 1-4 p.m. April 22, B Court, 19351 W. Washington...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • World's biggest, fastest particle collider restarts

    BASEL, Switzerland The Large Hadron Collider restarted Sunday after a two-years of work to make the biggest machine ever built even faster in the hope that it will unspin the secrets of the creation of the universe. Particles were pushed through the...
  • Look up! Brief total lunar eclipse to grace the sky Saturday

    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 3½-hour spectacle is visible from start to finish from the western U.S. and Canada where it occurs before dawn. Skygazers...
  • Astronomy students wonder, 'What exactly is out there?'

    Astronomy students wonder, 'What exactly is out there?'
    ADDISON, Texas — Eighteen-year-old Brit Winchell knows she’s going to pursue science. Texas high school students have to take four years of science, but she’s doubling up on the credits with AP physics C and astronomy. She signed up...
  • Large Hadron Collider: Pumped-up particle smasher to probe deeper mysteries

    Large Hadron Collider: Pumped-up particle smasher to probe deeper mysteries
    The Large Hadron Collider is getting back in business. After a two-year hiatus, the giant proton-smashing machine that brought you the discovery of the Higgs boson is set to take scientists’ experiments to nearly double its previous energy limit, in...
  • Jupiter's Ganymede has underground ocean: One more 'soggy' moon

    Jupiter's Ganymede has underground ocean: One more 'soggy' moon
    Astronomers have found the most conclusive evidence yet that a large watery ocean lies beneath the surface of Jupiter's moon Ganymede. With the discovery, Ganymede joins Enceladus and Europa as another moon in the solar system with a confirmed...