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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • 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...
  • International Space Station to make several passes over Maryland

    International Space Station to make several passes over Maryland
    The International Space Station is making several passes over Maryland this week, a handful of which will be visible in the night sky so long as skies stay clear. Some nights the spacecraft will appear brighter than others, and some nights its flyover...
  • What stargazers can look forward to in 2013

    What stargazers can look forward to in 2013
    There is no Transit of Venus to be watched in 2013, or any major eclipses visible for long from Maryland, but local sky watchers say there is still plenty to look forward to seeing in the night sky. There could be a few opportunities to see rare...
  • Solar flare creates chance to see 'Northern Lights' from Md. tonight

    Solar flare creates chance to see 'Northern Lights' from Md. tonight
    A solar flare that was the largest of the year could create a rare chance to see the aurora borealis, or "Northern Lights", from Maryland on Saturday night. The flare occurred Thursday at 3:16 a.m. and was associated with what is known as a coronal mass...
  • Ellicott City astrophysicist works on Hubble's succesor

    Ellicott City astrophysicist works on Hubble's succesor
    Jason Kalirai doesn't just reach for the stars. He pulls them close and studies them — and encourages others to do so as well. Kalirai, 35, is an award-winning astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. For two years,...
  • Gart Westerhout, astronomer

    Gart Westerhout, astronomer
    Gart Westerhout, an internationally known radio astronomer who established the astronomy department at the University of Maryland, College Park and was scientific director at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, died Sunday of congestive heart...
  • Finding life on other planets? It's a matter of time

    Finding life on other planets? It's a matter of time
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration reported this week that ancient rocks on Mars analyzed by its Curiosity rover, which landed on the Red Planet in August, show that what is today a barren and inhospitable environment might well have...
  • Astronomers see most distant galaxy yet

     
    Speaking of objects in space that are too faint to see with the naked eye, astronomers using a telescope in Chile report in the journal Nature that they've identified the most distant light source ever detected. It's a primitive galaxy, seen as......
  • Comet Hartley 2 looks like a peanut

     
    The Maryland-led EPOXI mission to Comet Hartley 2 has downloaded the first close-up images of the comet's icy nucleus, and the 4-billion-year-old object looks pretty much like a peanut. Or maybe a bowling pin.Snapped just after 10 a.m. EDT Thursday, the.....
  • December brings total lunar eclipse

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:December arrives on Wednesday. It’s a busy month. The year’s earliest sunset occurs on the 8th as Sol drops below Baltimore’s western horizon at 4:43 p.m. The annual Geminid meteor shower – one of the...
  • Oops! Geminid meteors peak tonight, not tomorrow

     
    Your calendar-challenged weather blogger has an apology to make. In Sunday's Maryland Weather blog post, I listed Tuesday night/Wednesday morning as the peak of the annual Geminid meteor shower. The actual peak, it's finally dawned on me, is Monday night/...
  • A celestial trifecta on Tuesday

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:On Tuesday, Dec. 21, we will hit the celestial trifecta with three red-letter events on the same date. It begins with the first total lunar eclipse since 2008, and the last visible here (weather permitting) until 2014.......