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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • 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,...
  • Stunning photos recall the magic of Comet ISON's journey

    It's been five months since Comet ISON disintegrated after its close encounter with the sun, but skywatchers on Earth are still savoring its captivating journey. The comet's million-year journey from the Oort cloud to the center of the solar system...
  • 'Blood moon': L.A.'s next total eclipse to come in October

    'Blood moon': L.A.'s next total eclipse to come in October
      Monday's "blood moon" total lunar eclipse was the first in more than three years to be visible from Los Angeles and uninterrupted by sunrise. Hundreds flocked to Griffith Observatory, cameras, cellphones and iPads at the ready to see the rare event....
  • Bruce C. Murray dies at 81; former director of JPL

    Although most of his fellow space scientists scoffed at the idea, Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist Bruce C. Murray insisted that a picture of a planet's surface was worth a thousand words — or at least as much as the measurements of magnetic...
  • 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....
  • Trailing Christopher Columbus and a total eclipse in the Atlantic

    Trailing Christopher Columbus and a total eclipse in the Atlantic
    MÁLAGA, Spain — When I was 8 years old, I wanted to run away to sea and be a cabin boy on a clipper ship. Sixty years later — gender, age and vocation notwithstanding — I finally got the chance. As I packed to meet the Star Flyer on...
  • A strange interstellar wind blows through our solar system

    A strange interstellar wind blows through our solar system
    When it comes to studying the region of interstellar space just beyond our solar system, nothing seems to work quite the way scientists imagined. Take Voyager 1 for example. The spacecraft has confounded and delighted researchers for several years...
  • LUX Dark matter detector finds no WIMPs, so why are scientists happy?

    LUX Dark matter detector finds no WIMPs, so why are scientists happy?
    Scientists at an ambitious dark matter experiment in operation at an underground gold mine in South Dakota have discovered exactly what they thought they would: nothing. And the results have got them really excited. After running the detector for...
  • Astronomers fooled by shiny, but tiny, black hole

    Astronomers fooled by shiny, but tiny, black hole
    A bright black hole in the Pinwheel galaxy has been shining us on, astronomers say – this intergalactic trickster puts out light like a big black hole but it’s really quite tiny. M 101 ULX-1, described in the journal Nature, may force...
  • NASA confirms Voyager 1 has left the solar system

    NASA confirms Voyager 1 has left the solar system
    After 36 years of space travel and months of heated debate among scientists, NASA confirmed Thursday that Voyager 1 has indeed left our solar system and had entered interstellar space more than a year ago. "Voyager has boldly gone where no probe has...
  • Suburban teachers picked for NASA astronomy program

    Suburban teachers picked for NASA astronomy program
    A high school science teacher from Mundelein and a retired teacher from Long Grove were chosen by NASA to become airborne astronomy ambassadors for a program in California this spring. In a few months, Marcella Linahan, a science teacher at Carmel...