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Using machine-learning to scan the sky

By Spencer Johnson If you watch the night sky for a while, you’ll start to notice changes. Meteors streak by, the International Space Station glides over in silence, an airplane blinks overhead. Among these celestial transients, less noticeable but far more powerful objects called blazars flash on and off, in brilliant gamma-ray outbursts and flashes…

Holding the Cosmos in Our Hands

“The seed comes from the tree, the tree comes from the seed. It’s like the chicken and the egg. If people want to understand it, they will break the seed apart — they will actually kill it — to see the cells, the chromosomes and the genetics. There is another way to look at this. I plant a seed and a miracle happens — something new is born out of this carbohydrate and protein, a new life is born. This is a miracle, you see? The miracle of life.”

Inaugural Governor’s Institutes of Vermont on Astronomy Challenges Students to Make a Positive Impression

The Governor’s Institutes are some of the best educational opportunities for Vermont teenagers in the summer. This year they launched their first Institute on Astronomy in partnership with the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation, Lyndon State College, and the Vermont Space Grant Consortium. Their hope was to expose the 25 students who attended to astronomy…

Spotlight on Humanity’s United Side

Desmond Tutu’s welcome to the Hōkūle’a crew shows one smile, one spirit connects people from Hawaii to South Africa and beyond.

Video: That’s No Moon. It’s Aliens. (Maybe.)

Scientists and sci-fi fans alike are wondering whether the unusual dips in brightness of a distant star could be the shadows of alien space structures built more than 1,465 years ago.

February 1, 2015: Shooting Sharks, Models and The Pros and Cons of Adventure Preparation

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they motorcycle from Tibet to France, photograph crocodiles, sharks and models, get abandoned near the summit of Turkey’s tallest mountain, celebrate Soviet McDonald’s, eschew risks for the kids, study energy and matter’s dark twins, studying cultures in transition to modernity, prepare 1,000 foods to eat before you die, and blow out candles at Everest’s base camp.

Have You Seen the Largest Picture Ever Taken?

On January 5 NASA captured a1.5 billion pixel image (69,536 x 22,230) that requires more than 4 GB of disk space. Its is an image of the Andromeda Galaxy and it was captured using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. One image contains 100 million stars and takes you to more than 40,000 light years. Popular articles:…

Astronomers Clue in to Why Binary Stars Are So Bountiful

Everyone needs some alone time—even stars. Astronomers now think they have an explanation as to why so many stars are single or double stars. While most stars are born in clustered stellar nurseries, the great majority we see across the cosmos spend their lives as loners or double stars.  A new study published this week in…

4 Sky Events This Week: Rival of Mars Does Battle With Red Planet

Mars meets a rival this week, delighting stargazers.

4 Sky Events This Week: Moon Points to Crab and Leo’s Heart

A Lion’s Heart and some starry graveyards come this way for skywatchers.

5 Sky Events This Week: Milky Way Gems Sparkle While Venus Snuggles With Leo

A bright moon steers skywatchers to Milky Way wonders this week.

1833 Meteor Storm Started Citizen Science

Crowdsourcing astronomy discoveries goes back a ways, to 1833, and a truly remarkable meteor shower.

NKAF Summer Space Camp Connects VT Teens to the Universe Once Again

This year’s Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation (NKAF) Space Camp at Northern Skies Observatory (NSO) placed an emphasis on student astronomy projects of the camper’s choice either individually or in teams. At the conclusion of the camp, campers presented a report to parents and relatives about what they studied and learned during the week. In addition…

5 Sky Events This Week: Cosmic Teapot Steams While Neptune Hits Prime Time

Moonless nights offer starry delights to stargazers this week.

Stellar Snow Globe Mystery Solved With Hubble’s Help

Star clusters offer thrilling sights for stargazers.