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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • 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...
  • Voyager 1 reaches interstellar space, NASA says

    Voyager 1 reaches interstellar space, NASA says
    After 36 years of space exploration and months of heated argument among scientists, NASA officials confirmed Thursday that Voyager 1 entered into interstellar space more than a year ago. The final piece of evidence that led scientists to conclude that...
  • NASA confirms Voyager 1's historic frontier crossing

    NASA confirms Voyager 1's historic frontier crossing
    And we never even got a chance to say goodbye. After 36 years of space exploration and months of heated argument among scientists, NASA officials confirmed Thursday that Voyager 1 had indeed crossed into interstellar space more than a year ago. The...
  • An alien world dripping with water? Scientists see possibility of life

    An alien world dripping with water? Scientists see possibility of life
    Scientists have found the shredded remains of a large, water-rich asteroid raining down on the embers of a dead star, 170 light-years from Earth. It is the first time that scientists have found a mix of rock and water in a solar system that is not our...
  • Don't mourn comet ISON yet: Sun-grazer may well survive, experts say

    Don't mourn comet ISON yet: Sun-grazer may well survive, experts say
    Will comet ISON survive its plunge into the sun's atmosphere or will it perish, like Icarus, for venturing too close? Astronomers say that reports of its looming demise are greatly exaggerated. ISON, known officially as C/2012 S1, is a sun-grazing comet...
  • Earth-like planets may be quite common, relatively close, study says

    Is the Earth a “cosmic freak” or a planetary average Joe around our galactic neighborhood? UC Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy says we’re in good company. With some clever sleight of hand, scientists using Kepler data have calculated...
  • Solar eclipse coming Nov. 3: How you can help schoolchildren see it

    On Nov. 3, the moon will once again pass between the Earth and the sun, partially blocking out our life-giving star and putting on a spectacular celestial show for people who are in the right place to see it. And this year, the best place to see the...
  • Penumbral lunar eclipse Friday: How you can see it

    On Friday evening, the moon will pass through the hazy outer shadow of the Earth, and if you look carefully, you may be able to see the minor celestial show. The event is called a penumbral eclipse, and, to be fair, it is not especially dramatic. The...
  • 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...
  • Ukrainian astronomers say asteroid might collide with Earth -- in 2032

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Ukrainian astronomers say an asteroid might collide with Earth in a couple of decades, a Russian news service reported Thursday. Space watchers from the observatory in the Crimean peninsula said they discovered an asteroid...
  • Astronomers discover most distant known galaxy

    Astronomers discover most distant known galaxy
    Just 700 million years after the big bang, our most distant known galaxy was a cauldron of star production, churning out new suns hundreds of times faster than our own Milky Way galaxy, scientists say. But it was only this spring, roughly 13 billion...