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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Don L. Anderson dies at 81; former director of Caltech's seismology lab

    Don L. Anderson dies at 81; former director of Caltech's seismology lab
    Don L. Anderson, a professor emeritus of geophysics at Caltech and former head of its Seismological Laboratory, died of cancer Dec. 2 in Cambria, Calif., according to the school. He was 81. Anderson directed the lab from 1967 to 1989 and continued to...
  • What a comeback: Revived Kepler spacecraft finds its first new planet

    What a comeback: Revived Kepler spacecraft finds its first new planet
    It doesn’t pay to bet against Kepler. Even though the NASA spacecraft was hobbled a year and a half ago, the battered telescope has still managed to find a super-Earth. At 20,000 miles across, the newly discovered planet is 2.5 times as wide as...
  • A contest to build high-flying airships? NASA's thinking about it

    A contest to build high-flying airships? NASA's thinking about it
    NASA has put telescopes on mountains and telescopes in space – but what about a telescope on a high-flying blimp? Scientists at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are designing a possible contest that could foster the building of...
  • Asteroids, asteroids will rock you, Queen guitarist warns

    Asteroids, asteroids will rock you, Queen guitarist warns
    It’s never too early to worry about asteroids wiping out life on Earth. So say the folks who’ve been fretting for decades over just such a scenario -- among them, Queen guitarist-astrophysicist Brian May. They think it’s time all...
  • Hopkins astrophysicist honored for discoveries about the universe

    Hopkins astrophysicist honored for discoveries about the universe
    Johns Hopkins University astrophysicist Adam Riess, who shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics, has taken home another prestigious award for his work on the expanding universe. He showed that the universe is not just still expanding but that the...
  • Michener's 'Starstruck' exhibit features wonders of the night sky

    Michener's 'Starstruck' exhibit features wonders of the night sky
    Few endeavors embrace the disciplines of both science and art as vividly as astrophotography. While astronomical subjects such as the moon, stars, and of course the sun, have inspired artists for centuries, unprecedented advances in photographic...
  • At the Adler, paintings that fired outer space imaginations

    At the Adler, paintings that fired outer space imaginations
    His name sounds like one you'd give a character in a parody of patrician privilege. But the real story of Chesley Bonestell, pronounced BON-uh-stell, has nothing to do with mixing G&Ts or being one of the strongest doubles partners at the club....
  • Adler's Doane Observatory reopens to public

    Adler's Doane Observatory reopens to public
    With an Adler After Dark event last week, the Adler Planetarium's Doane Observatory quietly reopened for public use after a renovation that improved access to the building's 20-inch mirrored telescope, put in a lakeside ground-floor classroom/meeting...
  • Universities are focusing more on undergraduate research projects

    Universities are focusing more on undergraduate research projects
    John Derby spent his last summer vacation hobnobbing with famous astronomers as though they were old friends. Studying the cosmos at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. — famed for its explorations of space and search for...
  • Asteroid Named After Retired Western Connecticut Professor

    Asteroid Named After Retired Western Connecticut Professor
    Dr. Phillip Lu is characteristically self-deprecating about the news that a newly discovered asteroid has been named after him. "My younger daughter asked, 'Dad, what's this supposed to mean?'" said Lu, 82, a retired astronomy professor from Western...
  • Taco Bell and nutrition business applications to go before York County Planning Commission

    York County Planning Commission to review special use permit for Taco Bell and a nutrition company on Wednesday The York County Planning Commission will review two requests for special use permits at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. One application is from...