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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Specks of star dust likely first from beyond solar system

    A NASA spacecraft dispatched 15 years ago to collect samples from a comet also snared what scientists suspect are the first dust specks from interstellar space. The Stardust robotic spacecraft was launched in 1999 to fly by a comet and collect samples...
  • Scientists think they have dust specks from outside our solar system

    Scientists think they have dust specks from outside our solar system
    Call them the seven wonders of interstellar space: Tiny specks of dust captured by a NASA spacecraft may be the first material from outside the solar system ever caught and brought to Earth. Researchers studying the contents of a capsule returned to...
  • See the supermoon at Mammoth Mountain

    For the first time, Mammoth Mountain will host a Supermoon Viewing Party on Saturday from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Guests can take an evening gondola ride to the summit and enjoy live music, food and drink and one of nature's most spectacular scenes. The cost is...
  • NASA's flying saucer takes a supersonic flight, and you can tag along

    NASA's flying saucer takes a supersonic flight, and you can tag along
    By the time NASA’s flying saucer splashed down in the Pacific in June, the engineers who designed it already knew their experiment had been a huge success. From the control tower at Kauai’s Pacific Missile Range Facility, they had watched...
  • L.A.'s Mt. Wilson Observatory inspires the future of cosmology

    L.A.'s Mt. Wilson Observatory inspires the future of cosmology
    The first thing I notice as we climb the steep stairs is an old hand crank telephone — the kind that looks like a face with two brass bells for eyes and a black trumpet for a mouth. It sits in a cubby along with a rotary telephone from the 1950s and...
  • 'Theory of Everything' trailer: Stephen Hawking, young and in love

    Quantum physics and theoretical cosmology aren't generally the stuff of romance, but the Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything" could prove an exception. As glimpsed in a new trailer, which you can watch above, the romantic drama stars...
  • Hubble sees 'zombie star' lurking in space: What it is, why it matters

    Hubble sees 'zombie star' lurking in space: What it is, why it matters
    Using the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers have spotted a "zombie star" lurking in deep space. What is this astronomical equivalent of the walking dead, and how did it get there? The story involves a rare type of cosmic explosion, detective work...
  • Rain of asteroids melted early Earth, boiled its oceans, study shows

    Rain of asteroids melted early Earth, boiled its oceans, study shows
    When you look up at the moon’s pockmarked face, you’re actually staring at Earth’s early history. The rain of asteroids that pummeled the lunar surface hit our planet too — it’s just that erosion and plate tectonics blotted...
  • 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 hasĀ  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...