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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Eccentric Europe: Offbeat but on-target sights

    Eccentric Europe: Offbeat but on-target sights
    Way back in my student travel days, I discovered a handful of completely offbeat sights that remain among my favorite places in Europe. From sculptures of salt to sculptures of marzipan, from a wall dedicated to love and freedom to chapels decorated...
  • Asteroids and comets play a role in Earth's past, future

    Asteroids and comets play a role in Earth's past, future
    Astronomer and author Phil Plait loves a good disaster flick. What he doesn't love is a disaster flick that gets the science so wrong it's silly. "In any science fiction movie, it's pretty hard to get all the science right," Plait said in a recent...
  • 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...
  • Astronomy series launched

    The South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association has launched its An Evening With the Stars series at Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek, where speakers cover basic telescope techniques and general astronomy information. The...
  • Spotted: A planet 10 times the size of Jupiter with four suns

    Spotted: A planet 10 times the size of Jupiter with four suns
    Astronomers have discovered a massive planet with four suns only 125 light-years from Earth. The planet is at least 10 times as big as Jupiter, and scientists say it probably has no actual surface to stand on. But if you could fly a spacecraft into...
  • Mysterious, dust-filled galaxy seems very mature for its age

    Mysterious, dust-filled galaxy seems very mature for its age
    Looking deep into the universe's past, astronomers have discovered a galaxy that’s surprisingly mature for its age. The star-forming galaxy A1689-zD1, described in the journal Nature, reveals that dust – the stuff we’re made of –...
  • Inside the GOP's science policy: A talk with Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas)

    Inside the GOP's science policy: A talk with Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas)
    Republican control of both houses of Congress gives the GOP extraordinary power over science policy in the United States. Last month, we had a lengthy discussion of the party's interests and outlook in scientific research with Rep. John Culberson (R-...
  • Asteroid to make near-Earth pass Monday night

    Asteroid to make near-Earth pass Monday night
    A mountainous asteroid will make a near-Earth pass Monday night, giving us a preview of an event that could have our descendants sweating, the Los Angeles Times reports. Asteroid 2004 BL86, about five football fields wide, will come within 745,000 miles...
  • Time to see Comet Lovejoy before it leaves for 8,000 years

    Time to see Comet Lovejoy before it leaves for 8,000 years
    California sky watchers may be able to see two celestial bodies zooming past Earth in the next few days with just a pair of binoculars. If they're savvy. Comet Lovejoy, which won't be back for 8,000 years, is visible in the night sky, and on Monday an...
  • 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" ...