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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • UC will take part in Hawaii telescope project with Caltech

    SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California took a big step Thursday toward what astronomers predict will be vastly improved exploration of the solar system and universe. The UC regents approved the university's participation in the...
  • #ESOrumors from the edge of the solar system

    It began with a cryptic announcement of a press conference in Brazil where “an international team of astronomers” would announce “a surprise discovery in the outer solar system.” If that sounds intriguing to you, you’re not...
  • For first time ever, two rings are spotted encircling an asteroid

    For first time ever, two rings are spotted encircling an asteroid
    Scientists have discovered a double ring system around an icy, dark asteroid in the outer solar system. The discovery marks the first time rings have been found around any object that is not a planet. The findings were published Wednesday in the journal...
  • Check It Out: Science on the tube

    Science is pretty amazing. By studying the world and the infinite space around us, science sets us down the road to discover who we are, where we've come from and where we're going. However, most scientific discussions can be difficult to comprehend for...
  • The man who killed Pluto

    The man who killed Pluto
    The shutters to the dome sheltering the 200-inch telescope on Palomar Mountain open with a clunk. With a steady purr of the two-horsepower motors, the twin panels, 115 tons each, begin to part. A twilight sky slowly breaks over the curved edge....
  • Watch X1 solar flare erupt from sun: Flare was unusually strong, fast

    Watch X1 solar flare erupt from sun: Flare was unusually strong, fast
    An immense solar flare burst from the sun Saturday, and as of Monday there were "several coronal mass ejections in play," according to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center. A coronal mass ejection is a huge release --billions of tons -- of solar...
  • Hubble spots comet heading toward Mars, spewing space dust

    Hubble spots comet heading toward Mars, spewing space dust
    Hubble has spotted a comet named Sliding Spring spewing gas and dust into space as it zooms to a close encounter with Mars in October. Researchers working with the Hubble Space Telescope recently released two images of the comet. The image on the left,...
  • Discovery of new dwarf planet hints at other objects in solar system

    Discovery of new dwarf planet hints at other objects in solar system
    Planet-hunters scouring the heavens have found thousands of distant worlds around other stars, but astronomers may have overlooked one lurking much closer to home. Scientists searching for glimmers of light beyond Pluto say they've discovered a new...
  • Did two planets around nearby star collide? Toxic gas holds hints

    Did two planets around nearby star collide? Toxic gas holds hints
    In a young, nearby solar system, scientists have discovered giant clouds of poison gas -- the smoking gun from a violent encounter, astronomers say. Based on massive amounts of carbon monoxide gas around the star Beta Pictoris, either two Mars-sized...
  • Jackpot! NASA's Kepler telescope finds 'mother lode' of 715 planets

    Jackpot! NASA's Kepler telescope finds 'mother lode' of 715 planets
    Using a brand-new technique, scientists using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope have found 715 confirmed planets huddling around 305 stars, nearly triple Kepler’s previous total of 246 confirmed planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Nearly 95% of...
  • Total lunar eclipse on April 14-15: What is a 'blood moon'?

    Total lunar eclipse on April 14-15: What is a 'blood moon'?
    Mark your calendars, sky watchers: In one week a total lunar eclipse will turn the moon an eerie shade of red. On April 14, at 10:58 p.m. PDT, the moon will move into Earth's shadow. The full lunar eclipse -- when the entirety of the moon is shaded by...