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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Big, bright quasar from ancient universe stuns scientists

    Big, bright quasar from ancient universe stuns scientists
    Deep in the universe’s past, astronomers have discovered a luminous quasar powered by an enormous black hole that contains the mass of 12 billion suns. The incredibly bright object is ancient -- shining when the universe was only 875 million years...
  • Close brush between our solar system and a star reported

    Close brush between our solar system and a star reported
    Less than 100,000 years ago, a cool, small star flew within 0.8 light years of our sun, brushing past the icy Oort cloud that lies at the outer edges of our solar system, according to research published this week. Scientists say it is the closest a...
  • Ceres: Dwarf planet is pocked with craters, NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows

    Ceres: Dwarf planet is pocked with craters, NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows
    NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has snapped the best images to date of the dwarf planet Ceres, bringing mysterious fuzzy features spotted on the icy little world’s surface into sharper focus. The latest images were snapped on Feb. 12, when Dawn was...
  • Chicago native to join Astronaut Hall of Fame

    Chicago native to join Astronaut Hall of Fame
    As if being an astronaut isn't cool enough, John Grunsfeld will soon join Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in the elite band of space explorer legends. After five space shuttle missions, the Chicago native and Highland Park High School graduate will be...
  • Heart of darkness: Scientists probe dark matter near Milky Way's core

    Heart of darkness: Scientists probe dark matter near Milky Way's core
    Even though scientists have managed to quantify how much dark matter lurks in distant galaxies, astronomers have been hard-pressed to figure out how much of the mysterious stuff lies within our own. But in a paper published in the journal Nature...
  • Scientists debate whether to look for extraterrestrial life

    Scientists debate whether to look for extraterrestrial life
    Astronomers have their own version of the single person's dilemma: Do you wait by the phone for a call from that certain someone? Or do you make the call yourself and risk getting shot down? Instead of love, of course, astronomers are looking for...
  • Wesleyan Hosting Free Weekly Astronomy Sessions In Middletown

    MIDDLETOWN — The Wesleyan University astronomy department for the spring semester is offering free public space viewing and science presentations every Wednesday night. Wesleyan professors and astronomy students will guide the weekly sessions in an...
  • Binge on best picture nominees at South Florida theaters

    Binge on best picture nominees at South Florida theaters
    On Valentine's Day, why not make a date with aging superhero Birdman, a theoretical cosmologist, a code-cracking mathematician and a decorated Iraq War sniper? Starting Friday, Feb. 13, a handful of South Florida theaters will screen the eight movies...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Is ET phoning Earth? Not so fast ...

    Is ET phoning Earth? Not so fast ...
    Australian astronomers picked up an “alien” radio burst from space in real time last year, but say the chances of it coming from a sentient source are slim to none. It’s not the first radio blast picked up by terrestrials here on...