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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • 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...
  • Cosmic inflation: Dust finally settles on BICEP2 results

    Cosmic inflation: Dust finally settles on BICEP2 results
    Reports of evidence of cosmic inflation may have been, well, overblown. When the BICEP2 team announced last year that they had found signs of cosmic inflation, the universe’s powerful growth spurt that had been predicted but that had never been...
  • Planetary system older than once thought possible -- 11.2 billion years old

    Planetary system older than once thought possible -- 11.2 billion years old
    The oldest planetary system ever found has been spotted by astronomers. The ancient star and five small, Earth-like planets are about 11.2 billion years old. Until now, scientists questioned whether rocky planets could have formed so long ago, just 2....
  • 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...
  • 'The Principle' takes on cosmology, Earth's place in universe

    Copernicus, shmernicus! That's the geocentric gist of "The Principle," a shrewdly orchestrated documentary that's intent on restoring Earth's former status as the center of the universe — the going belief until a guy named Nicolaus Copernicus gave...