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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • Moon guides solar system tour this weekend

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:Tour the solar system this weekend, with the crescent moon as your guide, if skies clear. The moon was near bright Venus last night, low in the western sky after sunset. Tonight it stands just below and left......
  • Star-struck

    You say the economy's in the tank, your credit card's maxed out, and you can't afford a movie ticket, much less a Wii? Well, lift your head up high! Go ahead, look up! The new year holds in store all kinds of celestial entertainment for Maryland...
  • Hubble faces an early end to space role

    The Hubble Space Telescope, which revolutionized the study of the cosmos and is considered one of the finest scientific instruments ever constructed, will be forced into early retirement, NASA officials said yesterday. NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe...
  • Board says Columbia began losing pieces over Calif.

    HOUSTON - Space shuttle Columbia began losing pieces over the California coast well before it disintegrated over Texas, the accident investigation board reported yesterday, finally confirming what astronomers and amateur skywatchers have been saying...
  • Shuttle tiles under scrutiny

    Crossing over California minutes before it broke apart, the space shuttle Columbia heated abnormally on its left side at about the time that an astronomer observed a large, bright object dropping from the spacecraft. The rising temperatures, together...
  • Video details start of shuttle's breakup

    HOUSTON - Investigators of the Columbia disaster showed a nearly complete video yesterday of the space shuttle's flight from the California coastline to its breakup over east Texas, a mosaic assembled from about 15 clips shot by amateur astronomers...
  • Drag on shuttle's left wing is focus

    NASA's space shuttle program manager backed away yesterday from a key theory that a piece of insulation breaking away from Columbia's fuel tank during launch damaged the craft's heat shield so badly that it was destroyed in the final minutes of its...
  • NASA's Spitzer scopes out huge asteroid smashup. And just misses it.

    NASA's Spitzer scopes out huge asteroid smashup. And just misses it.
    When Spitzer Space Telescope captured the billowing aftermath of a colossal asteroid smashup 1,200 light-years away, scientists realized they were watching a scene much like the one that played out billions of years ago in our own solar system. They had...
  • Datebook: African skies, a Pokémon festival and paintings by flies

    Datebook: African skies, a Pokémon festival and paintings by flies
    The stars as seen through African eyes, a new space grows in Larchmont and shows in garages. Here’s what’s going down in L.A. and beyond: “African Cosmos: Stellar Arts” at the L.A. County Museum of Art. More than three dozen...
  • Learn about the cosmos with a local astronomer at Easton Area Public Library Sept. 2

    The Easton Area Public Library will offer a special presentation on the cosmos with a local astronomer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2. "A Pinhead Solar System" will be presented by Dennis Mammana, who will help visitors to understand how large the universe...
  • Sun time in Manchester

    Sun time in Manchester
    Those who leave their phones or watches at home in Manchester can still keep track of the hours with the Aug. 20 installation of a sundial at Charlotte's Quest Nature Center by the Westminster Astronomical Society. This ancient means of keeping time and...
  • A 'stellar fossil' holds hints of one of the universe's first stars

    A 'stellar fossil' holds hints of one of the universe's first stars
    Astronomers say they’ve discovered the signature of one of the first stars in the universe whose remains were embedded into the body of another very old star. The discovery, described in the journal Science, sheds light on an ancient type of...