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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • 'Cosmos' Writer Ann Druyan on Science and Seth MacFarlane

    Over a vegetarian breakfast at the London in West Hollywood in June, writer Ann Druyan contemplated the "Cosmos." She had been there before as a writer on the first "Cosmos" series in 1980 when her husband, the late astrophysicist and astronomer Carl...
  • '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...
  • Learn about the cosmos with a local astronomer at Easton Area Public Library Sept. 2

    The Easton Area Public Library will offer a special presentation on the cosmos with a local astronomer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2. "A Pinhead Solar System" will be presented by Dennis Mammana, who will help visitors to understand how large the universe...
  • Datebook: African skies, a Pokémon festival and paintings by flies

    Datebook: African skies, a Pokémon festival and paintings by flies
    The stars as seen through African eyes, a new space grows in Larchmont and shows in garages. Here’s what’s going down in L.A. and beyond: “African Cosmos: Stellar Arts” at the L.A. County Museum of Art. More than three dozen...
  • NASA's Spitzer scopes out huge asteroid smashup. And just misses it.

    NASA's Spitzer scopes out huge asteroid smashup. And just misses it.
    When Spitzer Space Telescope captured the billowing aftermath of a colossal asteroid smashup 1,200 light-years away, scientists realized they were watching a scene much like the one that played out billions of years ago in our own solar system. They had...
  • A 'stellar fossil' holds hints of one of the universe's first stars

    A 'stellar fossil' holds hints of one of the universe's first stars
    Astronomers say they’ve discovered the signature of one of the first stars in the universe whose remains were embedded into the body of another very old star. The discovery, described in the journal Science, sheds light on an ancient type of...
  • ‘2001’ and beyond: Neil deGrasse Tyson names his top 10 sci-fi films

     
    Neil deGrasse Tyson has taken television audiences on a tour through the universe with his series, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” […]...
  • 2014 stargazing calendar: Catch three eclipses, new meteor shower

    2014 stargazing calendar: Catch three eclipses, new meteor shower
    Unique celestial events in 2014 include two full lunar eclipses visible from Maryland and a partial solar eclipse that will begin just before sunset one October afternoon. A new meteor shower could be a bonus. Here’s what stargazers have to look...
  • Hubble Space Telescope finds clouds on super-Earth, Neptune-sized planets

    Hubble Space Telescope finds clouds on super-Earth, Neptune-sized planets
    Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, two research teams have discovered thick layers of high-altitude clouds covering the atmospheres of two relatively nearby exoplanets: a super-Earth and a "warm Neptune." Scientists are beginning to get a handle...