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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Chicago native to join Astronaut Hall of Fame

    Chicago native to join Astronaut Hall of Fame
    As if being an astronaut isn't cool enough, John Grunsfeld will soon join Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in the elite band of space explorer legends. After five space shuttle missions, the Chicago native and Highland Park High School graduate will be...
  • Actually, that 'off target' 1995 anti-Internet column was amazingly on-target

    Actually, that 'off target' 1995 anti-Internet column was amazingly on-target
    Back in 1995, astronomer and computer expert Clifford Stoll wrote an article for Newsweek dismissing all the excitement about something called the Internet. It was headlined, "The Internet? Bah!"  Stoll ridiculed the claims of "Internet hucksters" ...
  • Are we alone? Do we want to know?

    It was near Green Bank, West Virginia, in 1960 that a young radio astronomer named Frank Drake conducted the first extensive search for alien civilizations in deep space. He aimed the 85-foot dish of a radio telescope at two nearby, sun-like stars, tuning...
  • Scientists shocked by far-out star clusters on fringes of Milky Way

    Scientists shocked by far-out star clusters on fringes of Milky Way
    High above the spiral Milky Way, astronomers have spotted two clusters of new stars growing at the fringes of our galaxy. The discovery, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, appears to be the first such stellar...
  • Astronomers find a shockingly ancient black hole the size of 12 billion suns

    Some 12.8 billion light years away, astronomers have spotted an object of almost impossible brightness — the most luminous object ever seen in such ancient space. It's from just 900 million years after the big bang, and the old quasar — a...
  • Big, bright quasar from ancient universe stuns scientists

    Big, bright quasar from ancient universe stuns scientists
    Deep in the universe’s past, astronomers have discovered a luminous quasar powered by an enormous black hole that contains the mass of 12 billion suns. The incredibly bright object is ancient -- shining when the universe was only 875 million years...
  • Close brush between our solar system and a star reported

    Close brush between our solar system and a star reported
    Less than 100,000 years ago, a cool, small star flew within 0.8 light years of our sun, brushing past the icy Oort cloud that lies at the outer edges of our solar system, according to research published this week. Scientists say it is the closest a...
  • 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...
  • Scientists watch stars spin to gauge their age

    Scientists watch stars spin to gauge their age
    Turns out Hollywood celebs aren’t the only stars who hide their age well – small cool stars are very good at frustrating astronomers’ efforts to determine how old they are, because they essentially look the same for most of their lives....
  • Heart of darkness: Scientists probe dark matter near Milky Way's core

    Heart of darkness: Scientists probe dark matter near Milky Way's core
    Even though scientists have managed to quantify how much dark matter lurks in distant galaxies, astronomers have been hard-pressed to figure out how much of the mysterious stuff lies within our own. But in a paper published in the journal Nature...
  • Scientists debate whether to look for extraterrestrial life

    Scientists debate whether to look for extraterrestrial life
    Astronomers have their own version of the single person's dilemma: Do you wait by the phone for a call from that certain someone? Or do you make the call yourself and risk getting shot down? Instead of love, of course, astronomers are looking for...