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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Solar eclipse brings observers to Mt. Wilson

    Solar eclipse brings observers to Mt. Wilson
    To mark the solar eclipse that swept across the Southern California sky on Thursday — the first one seen in Los Angeles in 2 1/2 years — the Cosmic Cafe on Mt. Wilson was serving up sandwiches and chili. This was kind of a big deal. After...
  • Chicago to see partial solar eclipse Thursday

    Chicago to see partial solar eclipse Thursday
    Attention stargazers: Thursday afternoon's sunset will coincide with a partial solar eclipse. That means the sun — when spied through eclipse glasses or other special viewing devices — will appear crescent-shaped. "It's a dramatic event,"...
  • Fall starts Monday? Sez who?

    Monday is the first day of autumn. This is according to the chart of astronomical seasons and the little calendar here at my desk. Sept. 22, astronomers believe, is the first day of the fall season this year. Astronomers also believe, ridiculously, that...
  • Enthusiasts land at JPL

    Enthusiasts land at JPL
    More than 45,000 science fans took advantage of a free offer to explore the inner workings of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory last weekend when the La CaƱada facility opened its doors for its annual Open House. The event, which attracts large...
  • The 'cyberwar' against cancer gets a boost

    The 'cyberwar' against cancer gets a boost
    Tel Aviv — Two years ago, Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob of Tel Aviv University's School of Physics and Astronomy and Rice University's Center for Theoretical Biological Physics made the startling discovery that cancer, like an enemy hacker in cyberspace,...
  • Leaky galaxy is a star factory that could shed light on early universe

    Leaky galaxy is a star factory that could shed light on early universe
    Astronomers searching for hints of leaky galaxies have picked up radiation from a star-forming galaxy in the nearby universe that behaves rather like some of the earliest stellar factories that gave a dark universe its first rays of light. The galaxy...
  • How to end an argument

    How to end an argument
    Two hundred and thirty years ago, Charles Marie de la Condamine returned to France with proof about the shape of the Earth after spending 10 years in Latin America. For thousands of years, human beings had roamed the planet indifferent to its form until...
  • Ceremony for enormous telescope disrupted by protesters in Hawaii

    Ceremony for enormous telescope disrupted by protesters in Hawaii
    A groundbreaking ceremony for the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii was disrupted Tuesday by protesters who oppose the telescope’s construction. The incident was the latest in a history of tension over what native Hawaiians...
  • Single neuron hub orchestrates activity of an entire brain circuit

    Single neuron hub orchestrates activity of an entire brain circuit
    Tel Aviv — The idea of mapping the brain is not new. Researchers have known for years that the key to treating, curing, and even preventing brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury, is to understand how the...
  • 'Blood moon' eclipse graces pre-dawn skies

    'Blood moon' eclipse graces pre-dawn skies
    Chicago and much of the country were treated to its second total lunar eclipse of the year just before dawn Wednesday. At 4:18 a.m., the moon slipped into the Earth’s shadow and continued to darken into a total eclipse from 5:27 a.m. until 6:22 a....
  • Water on Earth predates the solar system, and even the sun

    Water on Earth predates the solar system, and even the sun
    Some of the water molecules in your drinking glass were created more than 4.5 billion years ago, according to new research. That makes them older than the Earth, older than the solar system — even older than the sun itself. In a study...