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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Hubble spots comet heading toward Mars, spewing space dust

    Hubble spots comet heading toward Mars, spewing space dust
    Hubble has spotted a comet named Sliding Spring spewing gas and dust into space as it zooms to a close encounter with Mars in October. Researchers working with the Hubble Space Telescope recently released two images of the comet. The image on the left,...
  • Discovery of new dwarf planet hints at other objects in solar system

    Discovery of new dwarf planet hints at other objects in solar system
    Planet-hunters scouring the heavens have found thousands of distant worlds around other stars, but astronomers may have overlooked one lurking much closer to home. Scientists searching for glimmers of light beyond Pluto say they've discovered a new...
  • In a first, scientists find an asteroid with rings

    In a first, scientists find an asteroid with rings
    In a first, scientists have detected rings encircling an M&M-shaped asteroid known as Chariklo. Until now, only the solar system's four gas planets — Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and especially Saturn — were known to have rings. "It was an...
  • 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,...
  • '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....
  • Light Pollution Dims View Of Comet, Shrinks Our Horizons

    Comet ISON is barreling toward the center of our solar system, where on Thanksgiving it will slingshot around the sun and head back past Earth. It's already putting on one of the best shows we've had in a while. Astronomers announced Nov. 14 that the...
  • 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....
  • Concern grows over possibility of a massive power surge

     Concern grows over possibility of a massive power surge
    FREDERICK, Md. — Roscoe Bartlett was rattling off the prices of giant bags of rice, wheat and corn, sold cheaply at Sam's Club. The former congressman from rural, western Maryland expressed bewilderment that every American doesn't stockpile such...
  • Tupperware in space? Cassini finds plastic ingredient on a Saturn moon

    Tupperware in space? Cassini finds plastic ingredient on a Saturn moon
    Saturn's moon Titan is one of the most bizarre places in the solar system, and now, to make things even weirder, scientists have found traces of propylene, the chemical used to make Tupperware, floating in its thick orange atmosphere. Bigger than...
  • Comet ISON is see-through, and that's not good

    Comet ISON is see-through, and that's not good
    Did Comet ISON survive its brush with the sun? Four days after the comet made its closest approach to our nearest star, the scientific consensus is "probably not." Yes, something did survive ISON's harrowing Thanksgiving Day encounter with the sun. (See...
  • 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...