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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • ‘2001’ and beyond: Neil deGrasse Tyson names his top 10 sci-fi films

     
    Neil deGrasse Tyson has taken television audiences on a tour through the universe with his series, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” […]...
  • 'Cosmos' recap: From Alexandria to dark matter

    'Cosmos' recap: From Alexandria to dark matter
    "Cosmos" wrapped its 13-episode run this week by emphasizing the importance of knowledge and critical thinking by way of the scientific method in "Unafraid of the Dark." Despite a few missteps here and there, host Neil de Grasse has taken us on a...
  • Two ancient worlds found just 13 light-years from Earth

    Two ancient worlds found just 13 light-years from Earth
    Scientists have discovered two ancient planets orbiting a strange old star right in our stellar backyard. One of the newly found planets is perhaps five times the mass of Earth, and astronomers believe it is the right distance from the host star to...
  • Hubble peers deep into the universe, reveals teenage galaxies

    Hubble peers deep into the universe, reveals teenage galaxies
    Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have released one of the most comprehensive images of the universe ever taken, and it is awesome. The image you see below is not wide, but it is so deep that it stretches back to just a few hundred million...
  • Adler's 'Destination Solar System' a stunning tour of the planets

    Adler's 'Destination Solar System' a stunning tour of the planets
    In previous shows since remaking its central domed theater, the Adler Planetarium has taken visitors into deep space, back to the celestial basics, and deep into the kind of awe the cosmos can inspire. This time around, for the new theatrical...
  • Scientists discover world that spins so fast, a day is over in 8 hours

    Scientists discover world that spins so fast, a day is over in 8 hours
    If you think 24 hours isn't enough time to get everything done, here's a little perspective: You could be living on a world with an eight-hour day. For the first time, scientists have directly observed the spin of a planet outside our solar system,...
  • Suburban teachers picked for NASA astronomy program

    Suburban teachers picked for NASA astronomy program
    A high school science teacher from Mundelein and a retired teacher from Long Grove were chosen by NASA to become airborne astronomy ambassadors for a program in California this spring. In a few months, Marcella Linahan, a science teacher at Carmel...
  • New dwarf planet in the Oort cloud changes picture of solar system

    New dwarf planet in the Oort cloud changes picture of solar system
    Astronomers searching for the faintest glimmers of light beyond distant Pluto say they’ve discovered a new dwarf planet – and that this planetoid’s movements hint that an invisible giant planet perhaps¬†10 times the size of Earth could be...
  • On Saturn's moon Titan, scientists catch waves in methane lakes

    On Saturn's moon Titan, scientists catch waves in methane lakes
    Now that spring is here, maybe it's time to grab your surfboard and head to some far-off coastline -- perhaps as far as the outer solar system. Scientists using NASA's Cassini spacecraft have found hints of waves sloshing on Titan, Saturn’s...
  • Video: Watch this space rock crash and flash on the moon's surface

    Video: Watch this space rock crash and flash on the moon's surface
    For a brief moment last September, a flash on the moon shone about as bright as the North Star, Polaris,  giving away the biggest crash from a space rock hitting the lunar surface ever caught on camera, astronomers say. The discovery -- "the brightest...
  • 'Cosmos' recap: Starts with a big bang

    'Cosmos' recap: Starts with a big bang
    Science geeks whipped themselves into a veritable frenzy of anticipation over the weekend for the premiere of "Cosmos," the much-touted reboot of the classic series created by astronomer Carl Sagan in the 1970s. You have to understand: Sagan and his...