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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • The next blood moon is rising - don't blink or you'll miss it

    The next blood moon is rising - don't blink or you'll miss it
    At 6:16 Saturday morning, step outside and look up at the full moon. But don't blink or you'll miss it: a total lunar eclipse. The whole thing will last a mere five minutes -- the briefest lunar eclipse of the century, NASA says. That's if the weather...
  • World's biggest, fastest particle collider restarts

    BASEL, Switzerland The Large Hadron Collider restarted Sunday after a two-years of work to make the biggest machine ever built even faster in the hope that it will unspin the secrets of the creation of the universe. Particles were pushed through the...
  • Total lunar eclipse Saturday morning: Watch it live, right here

    There's a total lunar eclipse coming in the early hours of Saturday morning, and you can watch it live, right here. Be forewarned: The eclipse is not at an especially convenient time for sky watchers on the West Coast. The moon begins to move into the...
  • Twin stars at nebula's heart doomed to end in supernova explosion

    Twin stars at nebula's heart doomed to end in supernova explosion
    At the heart of a strangely shaped planetary nebula, astronomers have discovered a pair of doomed white dwarf stars that will inevitably merge and explode in a dramatic supernova. The imperiled pair, described in the journal Nature, sheds light on how...
  • 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...
  • Jupiter's Ganymede has underground ocean: One more 'soggy' moon

    Jupiter's Ganymede has underground ocean: One more 'soggy' moon
    Astronomers have found the most conclusive evidence yet that a large watery ocean lies beneath the surface of Jupiter's moon Ganymede. With the discovery, Ganymede joins Enceladus and Europa as another moon in the solar system with a confirmed...
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson reveals first guests, premiere date for 'StarTalk' show

    Neil deGrasse Tyson reveals first guests, premiere date for 'StarTalk' show
    Everybody's favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, is entering the late-night fray in April with a TV version of his hit podcast, "StarTalk." And now we know he'll be joined by an eclectic array of guests on his first few shows. President Jimmy...
  • Ring around the rock? Astronomers say 'centaur' may have debris disk

    Ring around the rock? Astronomers say 'centaur' may have debris disk
    They're a cross between asteroids and comets and they bear the name of the man-horse hybrid from Greek mythology: centaur. Relegated to an otherwise mundane section of our solar system, none of these rocky bodies has ever been observed up close. Their...
  • 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...