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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Large Hadron Collider: Pumped-up particle smasher to probe deeper mysteries

    Large Hadron Collider: Pumped-up particle smasher to probe deeper mysteries
    The Large Hadron Collider is getting back in business. After a two-year hiatus, the giant proton-smashing machine that brought you the discovery of the Higgs boson is set to take scientists’ experiments to nearly double its previous energy limit, in...
  • Astronomy series launched

    The South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association has launched its An Evening With the Stars series at Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek, where speakers cover basic telescope techniques and general astronomy information. The...
  • Don't believe the light: Supernova in 'Einstein Cross' is a cosmic trick

    Don't believe the light: Supernova in 'Einstein Cross' is a cosmic trick
    An exploding star goes supernova only once. But if you're really, really lucky, you might just get to see it happen four times. An international team has discovered four separate images of the same distant supernova arranged in the shape of a cross...
  • Mysterious, dust-filled galaxy seems very mature for its age

    Mysterious, dust-filled galaxy seems very mature for its age
    Looking deep into the universe's past, astronomers have discovered a galaxy that’s surprisingly mature for its age. The star-forming galaxy A1689-zD1, described in the journal Nature, reveals that dust – the stuff we’re made of –...
  • Inside the GOP's science policy: A talk with Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas)

    Inside the GOP's science policy: A talk with Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas)
    Republican control of both houses of Congress gives the GOP extraordinary power over science policy in the United States. Last month, we had a lengthy discussion of the party's interests and outlook in scientific research with Rep. John Culberson (R-...
  • You still can get great view of Jupiter tonight

    You still can get great view of Jupiter tonight
    With clouds and rain blurring the sky, it wasn't easy to see Jupiter on Friday night, when it drew closest to Earth and was on the opposite side of the sky from the sun. But you still can get a great view of the solar system's largest planet on Saturday...
  • Great view of Jupiter Friday evening

    Great view of Jupiter Friday evening
    Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, is going to be the star of the skies on Friday evening, starting at 7 p.m. That's when it will draw to its closest point to Earth and also be on the opposite side of the sky from the sun. When all three...
  • Actually, that 'off target' 1995 anti-Internet column was amazingly on-target

    Actually, that 'off target' 1995 anti-Internet column was amazingly on-target
    Back in 1995, astronomer and computer expert Clifford Stoll wrote an article for Newsweek dismissing all the excitement about something called the Internet. It was headlined, "The Internet? Bah!"  Stoll ridiculed the claims of "Internet hucksters" ...
  • Are we alone? Do we want to know?

    It was near Green Bank, West Virginia, in 1960 that a young radio astronomer named Frank Drake conducted the first extensive search for alien civilizations in deep space. He aimed the 85-foot dish of a radio telescope at two nearby, sun-like stars, tuning...
  • Scientists shocked by far-out star clusters on fringes of Milky Way

    Scientists shocked by far-out star clusters on fringes of Milky Way
    High above the spiral Milky Way, astronomers have spotted two clusters of new stars growing at the fringes of our galaxy. The discovery, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, appears to be the first such stellar...
  • Astronomers find a shockingly ancient black hole the size of 12 billion suns

    Some 12.8 billion light years away, astronomers have spotted an object of almost impossible brightness — the most luminous object ever seen in such ancient space. It's from just 900 million years after the big bang, and the old quasar — a...