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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • 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...
  • Maryland scientists in team studying oddball galaxy

    Maryland scientists in team studying oddball galaxy
    As part of a research team studying galaxies, two University of Maryland scientists recently helped find a wild one. It doesn't fit into the two main galaxy shape categories and is even a bit too odd to belong with those astronomers call "irregulars,"...
  • New Horizons mission nearing Pluto after nine years in space

    New Horizons mission nearing Pluto after nine years in space
    It took the spacecraft New Horizons, hurtling from Earth faster than any mission before it, a matter of hours to pass the moon's orbit and a year to reach Jupiter's gravity. Nine years into its journey, it's finally approaching its destination: Pluto....
  • Urban astronomy 101: Stargazing for beginners

     Urban astronomy 101: Stargazing for beginners
    Carl Sagan nailed it. "Even today, the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars," he wrote in his book "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space" in 1994....
  • 'Leap second' will give you a (very) little more time in 2015

    'Leap second' will give you a (very) little more time in 2015
    If you were hoping to find a little more time for yourself or your loved ones in the new year, you are in luck: 2015 is going to be exactly one second longer than 2014. The "leap second" was decreed this week by astronomers at the International Earth...
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson to host 'Star Talk' late-night series

    Neil deGrasse Tyson to host 'Star Talk' late-night series
    Heads up Jimmy, Jimmy, Stephen and Conan: the late-night fray is about to be joined by someone whose brain is bigger than everyone else's. Neil deGrasse Tyson is getting his own late-night talk show, "Star Talk," on National Geographic Channel. The...
  • Still haunting: Hubble updates classic image of 'Pillars of Creation'

    Still haunting: Hubble updates classic image of 'Pillars of Creation'
    One of the most famous images in astronomy is known as the “Pillars of Creation,” but a new version of it reveals that it could also be called “Pillars of Destruction.” The images depict three towering columns of gas and dust...
  • Datebook

    Sunday, Jan. 11 Uplifting concert The annual "Lift Every Voice" concert will be held at 4 p.m. in St. John's College's Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave. in Annapolis. No tickets or reservations required, but seating is limited. A reception...
  • What happened to Islam?

    What happened to Islam?
    What if I told you that Islam once produced the world's most scientifically advanced and intellectually productive civilization? It's true, and you'll probably hear more about it, this being 2015, the United Nations International Year of Light and...
  • Scientists watch stars spin to gauge their age

    Scientists watch stars spin to gauge their age
    Turns out Hollywood celebs aren’t the only stars who hide their age well – small cool stars are very good at frustrating astronomers’ efforts to determine how old they are, because they essentially look the same for most of their lives....