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Astronomy and Society

Why Do We Call Them "Asteroids"?

When astronomers discovered the first objects orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, at first they didn't know what to call them. Today we know them as asteroids, and the creator of that term has finally been identified.

Solar System

Huge Meteorite Pulled from Russian Lake

Meteorite specialists around the world have wondered whether a massive fragment of the Chelyabinsk mini-asteroid would ever be resurrected from the murky bottom of Lake Chebarkul in Russia. Today they got their answer.

People, Places, and Events

Crash Course in the Higgs

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to two physicists who postulated the existence of the Higgs field, the source of many elementary particles' masses. For those still scratching their heads on what the Higgs is, here's what you need to know.

Astronomy and Society

Will BBC Cancel The Sky at Night?

Stargazers in Great Britain learned this week that their beloved broadcast about all things celestial, inaugurated by the late Patrick Moore in 1957, might be canceled at year's end.

People, Places, and Events

Astronomer Seager Wins “Genius Grant”

Exoplanet hunter and S&T author Sara Seager is among 24 scientists and artists granted one of 2013’s prestigious MacArthur Fellowships, commonly known as the “genius grant.”

Professional Telescopes

17-Day ALMA Strike Ends in Resolution

The 17-day strike at the world’s largest ground-based observatory ended Saturday, and ALMA's revolutionary observations of the millimeter/submillimeter sky restart today.

People, Places, and Events

An Observing Mecca in the Sierras

Who would have thought that, just 30 miles from a California city of 500,000+, you'd find some of the best stargazing in all of North America?

People, Places, and Events

Friends, Clear Skies at Summer Star Party

The Summer Star Party in western Massachusetts, held just before Stellafane, had fine clear nights, more than 150 good folks, and lots of scopes at its new location.

Testing the IRIS spacecraft

People, Places, and Events

IRIS Tackles Coronal Mystery

Solar physicists hope NASA’s latest space observatory, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, can finally discover what heats the Sun’s million-degree corona.

People, Places, and Events

PayPal Stakes Its Claim in Space Tourism

A few years from now, when you’re floating in a space hotel many miles from Earth, you might want to order some coffee. And PayPal wants to make sure you don’t have to pay in cash.

Solar System

Chelyabinsk Mega-meteor: Status Report

The cosmic intruder that exploded in the sky on February 15th dropped thousands of fragments onto the snow-covered plains of south-central Russia. Here's an update on what's been found.

Celestial News & Events

TWAN's Earth & Sky Contest Winners

From the city lights nestled between Alpine peaks to a single image that captures stars, an aurora, and a meteor, The World At Night's 2013 astrophoto contest is full of startling vistas.

People, Places, and Events

Take a Stand Against Light Pollution!

"Globe at Night" is a fun, easy, and worthwhile activity for you and your family. Please join this worldwide campaign to measure the darkness of night skies everywhere from April 29th to May 8th.

People, Places, and Events

A Great S&T Trip to Iceland

A group of 90 people from around the U.S. and the world joined S&T in early April for an aurora adventure in Iceland.

People, Places, and Events

Scientists Share Absurdly Exciting News

This year's April Fools' was a productive day for astronomers — catch up on all the shenanigans.

Quasar

Black Holes

Fifty Years of Quasars...And Fifty More?

As we celebrate the golden anniversary of quasars' discovery, some astronomers are pausing to question the direction of the field.

Professional Telescopes

Alma Observatory Inaugurated

The future is now — the world’s most powerful radio telescope array was inaugurated yesterday.

Meteor trail over Chelyabinsk

Solar System

Info on Russian Meteor Pours In

The fireball that exploded over Russia on February 15th left more than a million square feet of damaged windows, bringing home how fragile life on Earth can be. Here's what S&T's staff has managed to piece together about what happened.

Meteorite smoke

Solar System

Lessons from the Russian Meteor Blast

Friday's meteorite explosion over Russia offers the strongest motivation yet for investigation of near-Earth objects.

People, Places, and Events

A Whirlwind South Pole Tour

S&T contributing editor Govert Schilling tells the story of his recent expedition to the unique science laboratory located at the inhospitable South Pole.

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