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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Water vapor detected in clear skies on Neptune-sized exoplanet

    Water vapor detected in clear skies on Neptune-sized exoplanet
    Eureka! Astronomers say they’ve discovered clear skies and water vapor on a Neptune-sized exoplanet named HAT-P-11b -- which, at roughly four times the Earth's radius, is the smallest planet yet known to host water in its atmosphere. The...
  • Stargazing made easy

    Stargazing made easy
    Star Walk ($2.99 for iPhone, iPad in an HD version, Android and Kindle; $2.49 for Windows phone; and $4.99 for iPad) What it is: an interactive astronomy guide that harnesses your device's GPS to show you where constellations are in relation to your...
  • Welcome to Laniakea, your galactic supercluster home

    Welcome to Laniakea, your galactic supercluster home
    Home, supercluster home. Astronomers studying the skies have found that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is part of an enormous supercluster of galaxies that has  been named Laniakea, which comes from the Hawaiian words for “immeasurable heaven.”...
  • House-sized asteroid to buzz Earth on Sunday

    A recently discovered asteroid about the size of a house will make a relatively close pass by Earth on Sunday, flying just past the communication satellites that circle the planet, scientists said. NASA said the asteroid, known as 2014 RC, poses no...
  • Watch a beautiful, powerful solar eruption

    Watch a beautiful, powerful solar eruption
    New video provides an amazing view of a recent solar eruption captured by a NASA spacecraft orbiting the sun. Material can be seen bursting from the surface of the sun in an M-class coronal mass ejection. What makes this footage particularly intriguing,...
  • Datebook: African skies, a Pokémon festival and paintings by flies

    Datebook: African skies, a Pokémon festival and paintings by flies
    The stars as seen through African eyes, a new space grows in Larchmont and shows in garages. Here’s what’s going down in L.A. and beyond: “African Cosmos: Stellar Arts” at the L.A. County Museum of Art. More than three dozen...