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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Wonder what you missed with the blood moon? NASA shows you ...

    Wonder what you missed with the blood moon? NASA shows you ...
    NASA released a photo of this morning's blood moon -- a total lunar eclipse -- that we in Hampton Roads didn't get to see because of cloudy skies. The blood moon gets its name for the amber hue cast into the Earth's shadow and onto the lunar surface...
  • Full lunar eclipse: Few selfies, but many 'blood moon' photos hit Web

    Full lunar eclipse: Few selfies, but many 'blood moon' photos hit Web
    They came with iPhones, iPads, digital cameras and even some film cameras -- ready to capture the "blood moon," the first full lunar eclipse of 2014. Hundreds converged on Griffith Observatory, which has a prime view. Here are some photos of the...
  • 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....
  • 'Blood moon' draws an appreciative crowd to Griffith Park

    'Blood moon' draws an appreciative crowd to Griffith Park
    They came with iPhones, iPads, digital cameras and even some film cameras — ready to capture the total lunar eclipse known as a "blood moon." Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles offered a prime view, and hundreds of people were there when the...
  • Lunar eclipse: Which in 'blood moon' tetrad will put on the best show?

    Lunar eclipse: Which in 'blood moon' tetrad will put on the best show?
    The first of four consecutive total lunar eclipses -- that riveting "blood moon" -- has occurred. The tetrad has begun!  Depending on whether you ask a mystic or a scientist, it may or may not be a sign of the apocalypse. But it could be comforting to...
  • Meet Kepler-186f, the most 'Earth-like' planet ever found

    Meet Kepler-186f, the most 'Earth-like' planet ever found
    Sifting through observations from tens of thousands of distant stars, astronomers say they have discovered the first definitive Earth-sized planet that orbits in a habitable zone where water could exist in liquid form — a necessary condition for...
  • Earth-sized planet found orbiting in a habitable zone

    Sifting through observations from more than 100,000 distant stars, astronomers say they have discovered the first definitive Earth-sized planet that orbits in a habitable zone where water could exist in liquid form — a necessary condition for life...
  • Mystery object in Saturn's ring may be a new baby moon: Peggy

    Mystery object in Saturn's ring may be a new baby moon: Peggy
    The moons that orbit Saturn may be increasing by one -- an icy, pint-sized object that astronomers have named “Peggy.” NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has spotted evidence that a mysterious object measuring perhaps half a mile across is...
  • 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,...
  • NASA would get $17.5 billion for 2015 under White House budget plan

    NASA would get $17.5 billion for 2015 under White House budget plan
    NASA’s budget for the 2015 fiscal year wouldn’t budge much from last year under the White House’s proposal for nearly $17.5 billion, as officials reaffirmed the commitment to extending the life of the International Space Station, funding...