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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Northern lights may make rare appearance in parts of U.S.

    A solar storm may cast colored lights – known as the Aurora Borealis or Northern lights – in the sky over parts of the northern Plains, the Great Lakes region and Northeast on Thursday and Friday, forecasters say. “It’s a very...
  • A lunar eclipse last Friday? Not so fast ...

    A lunar eclipse last Friday? Not so fast ...
    Was that a lunar eclipse last Friday? Not so fast … A Hampton Roads resident thought she saw a lunar eclipse last Friday just after dusk. She told the Daily Press she even pulled off the road and stopped to get a better look. But … was...
  • NASA gets some funding for Mars 2020 rover in federal spending bill

    NASA gets some funding for Mars 2020 rover in federal spending bill
    Congressional negotiators released a $1.1-trillion omnibus spending bill for the 2014 fiscal year that’s more generous to NASA’s scientific endeavors than the White House’s proposal, but it may be too soon to celebrate, officials said...
  • John Dobson dies at 98; former monk developed easy-to-make telescope

    John Dobson, a former monk and self-taught stargazer who developed a powerful, inexpensive telescope that almost anyone could build and showed thousands how to do it during five decades as one of public astronomy's most influential evangelists, has died....
  • Astronomers catch a strand of 'cosmic web' in quasar's bright light

    Astronomers catch a strand of 'cosmic web' in quasar's bright light
    Just as the sun causes a spiderweb’s near-invisible strands to glisten, a brightly shining quasar has lit up what scientists say is a massive filament of the universe’s cosmic web -- making it the first time a fragment of the web has been...
  • 'Cosmos' recap: Science is more than a boys club

    'Cosmos' recap: Science is more than a boys club
    Ask most people to name a famous scientist and — assuming they don’t draw a blank — they will likely cite Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking or possibly Cosmos host Neil de Grasse Tyson. You know, someone with high name...
  • Scientists discover world that spins so fast, a day is over in 8 hours

    Scientists discover world that spins so fast, a day is over in 8 hours
    If you think 24 hours isn't enough time to get everything done, here's a little perspective: You could be living on a world with an eight-hour day. For the first time, scientists have directly observed the spin of a planet outside our solar system,...
  • Winter's encore may obscure lunar eclipse

    Winter's encore may obscure lunar eclipse
    Winter is returning for an encore this week, with up to an inch of snow this evening and lows in the 20s over the next two nights. The slushy storm may pull out of the Chicago area in time for people to catch at least some of the lunar eclipse...
  • Clouds, rain forecast to block Tuesday's lunar eclipse

    Clouds, rain forecast to block Tuesday's lunar eclipse
    Rain, storms and clouds are forecast Monday night through Tuesday, likely blocking out any view of a full lunar eclipse -- sometimes known as a "Blood Moon" -- occurring early Tuesday morning. Clouds are forecast to move in Tuesday afternoon, with...
  • When can I see the lunar eclipse in Chicago?

    When can I see the lunar eclipse in Chicago?
    A rare celestial show will be visible in the early-morning sky Tuesday in Chicago--if the weather cooperates. A full lunar eclipse will unfold over three hours beginning at 12:58 a.m. Tuesday as Earth's shadow falls across the moon, shifting its color...
  • Total lunar eclipse to bring rare 'blood moon' to night sky

    The first total eclipse of 2014 is poised to show itself Monday night in the form of a dark red "blood moon." In Los Angeles, the most impressive part will begin at 10:58 p.m. when the first "bite" is taken out of the moon. It will be blotted out...