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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Are we alone? Do we want to know?

    It was near Green Bank, West Virginia, in 1960 that a young radio astronomer named Frank Drake conducted the first extensive search for alien civilizations in deep space. He aimed the 85-foot dish of a radio telescope at two nearby, sun-like stars, tuning...
  • Scientists shocked by far-out star clusters on fringes of Milky Way

    Scientists shocked by far-out star clusters on fringes of Milky Way
    High above the spiral Milky Way, astronomers have spotted two clusters of new stars growing at the fringes of our galaxy. The discovery, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, appears to be the first such stellar...
  • Astronomers find a shockingly ancient black hole the size of 12 billion suns

    Some 12.8 billion light years away, astronomers have spotted an object of almost impossible brightness — the most luminous object ever seen in such ancient space. It's from just 900 million years after the big bang, and the old quasar — a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...