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Update on the search for planets in the Alpha Centauri system

Bruce Betts • April 04, 2014 • 2

Update from Debra Fischer and her team on the intriguing results of their observations of the main Alpha Centauri stars, as well as future plans.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 12: Encyclopedia Galactica

Casey Dreier • February 05, 2014 • 8

Cosmos returns in fine form in its penultimate episode. Sagan explores the historical and scientific precedents for the search for extraterrestrial life (SETI) and our human desires to not be alone in the universe.

Super-close supernova in M82

Emily Lakdawalla • January 22, 2014 • 8

The astronomy world is all a-twitter this morning over the discovery of a new supernova in M82, a galaxy that's in our astronomical backyard, "only" 12 million light-years away. And early word is that it appears to be a Type Ia supernova, the kind that's used as a standard candle to measure the expansion of the universe.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 10: The Edge of Forever

Casey Dreier • January 21, 2014 • 11

Carl Sagan takes us from the birth to the death of the universe. How do we reconcile our place within a universe that will die? Join us for the latest discussion on episode 10 of Cosmos.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 9: The Lives of the Stars

Casey Dreier • December 24, 2013 • 3

This episode highlights the other big idea in Cosmos: that we are profoundly connected with the universe around us. Our constituent parts are forged in the bellies of massive stars; we exist through their deaths.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 8: Journeys Through Space and Time

Casey Dreier • December 17, 2013 • 6

Sagan makes us confront the limitations of our mortality given the immensities of space and time presented to us by the cosmos.

Asteroid Telescope First Light

Bruce Betts • August 16, 2013 • 5

Using a Shoemaker NEO Grant a new telescope is operating in Illinois to do asteroid tracking.

Book review: Europe to the Stars, by Govert Schilling and Lars Lindberg Christensen

Emily Lakdawalla • August 16, 2013

The world's great telescopes capture stunning photographs of stars, nebulae, and other sky phenomena. In Europe to the Stars, authors Govert Schilling and Lars Lindberg Christensen share many such photos. But the real stars of this book are the great telescopes of the European Southern Observatory.

Goodnight, Herschel Space Observatory

Jason Davis • June 18, 2013 • 6

The European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory received its final commands yesterday, having depleted the liquid helium required to make its infrared observations.

Astronomy Enters a New Era

Mat Kaplan • May 26, 2013 • 3

A live conversation about just a few of the powerful new instruments that will revolutionize our knowledge of the cosmos once again.

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