Astronomy

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 1977 photo provided by NASA, the "Sounds of Earth" record is mounted on the Voyager 2 spacecraft in the Safe-1 Building at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., prior to encapsulation in the protective shroud. Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of NASA's launch of Voyager 2, now almost 11 billion miles distant. (AP Photo/NASA)
August 18, 2017 - 6:52 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Forty years after blasting off, Earth's most distant ambassadors — the twin Voyager spacecraft — are carrying sounds and music of our planet ever deeper into the cosmos. Think of them as messages in bottles meant for anyone — or anything — out there. This Sunday marks...
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FILE- In this Aug. 28, 2016 file photo, visitors watch the morning sun illuminate the Grand Tetons, partially-obscured by smoke from nearby wildfires, as seen from within the Great Room at the Jackson Lake Lodge, in Grand Teton National Park, north of Jackson Hole, Wyo. Grand Teton National Park, normally in the shadow of the neighboring and world-renowned Yellowstone National Park in northwest Wyoming, is set to get its day in the sun with next week's total solar eclipse passing directly over the park. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
August 18, 2017 - 1:39 am
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Its jagged, soaring peaks rise high over northwest Wyoming, but Grand Teton National Park is always in the shadow of its world-renowned neighbor, Yellowstone National Park. But thanks to the total solar eclipse Monday, Grand Teton is expected to outshine, and overshadow, one...
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FILE- In this Aug. 28, 2016 file photo, visitors watch the morning sun illuminate the Grand Tetons, partially-obscured by smoke from nearby wildfires, as seen from within the Great Room at the Jackson Lake Lodge, in Grand Teton National Park, north of Jackson Hole, Wyo. Grand Teton National Park, normally in the shadow of the neighboring and world-renowned Yellowstone National Park in northwest Wyoming, is set to get its day in the sun with next week's total solar eclipse passing directly over the park. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
August 18, 2017 - 1:35 am
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park sits in the shadow of its world-renowned neighbor, Yellowstone National Park. But thanks to Monday's solar eclipse, it's expected to outshine even Yellowstone for at least a day. Grand Teton is directly in the path of the total solar eclipse — where...
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August 18, 2017 - 1:05 am
JEFFERSON, Ohio (AP) — A school district in Ohio has canceled classes on Monday over concerns about students damaging their eyes while looking at the solar eclipse. The superintendent of Jefferson Area Local Schools said Thursday that the eclipse could pose a risk to students who view it even...
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This 2006 photo provided by Glenn Schneider shows him with his "lug-o-scope" in Turkey. Schneider, was 14 in 1970 when he saw his first eclipse. “I was frozen in place,” he recalled. “I had binoculars around my neck for two and a half minutes and I never picked them up.” Now a University of Arizona astronomy professor, Schneider said when it was over “I was shaking. I was crying. I was overwhelmed. It was at that instant when I said ‘Yeah, this is what I’m going to do with the rest of my life’.” (Courtesy Glenn Schneider via AP)
August 17, 2017 - 5:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For most people, a total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event. For some eclipse chasers, it's a way of life. These veteran eclipse chasers spend lots of money and craft intricate plans all to experience another mid-day darkening of the sky. Many work in science and related...
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This photo provided by Bob Baer and Sarah Kovac, participants in the Citizen CATE Experiment, shows a "diamond ring" shape during the 2016 total solar eclipse in Indonesia. For the 2017 eclipse over the United States, the National Science Foundation-funded movie project nicknamed Citizen CATE will have more than 200 volunteers trained and given special small telescopes and tripods to observe the sun at 68 locations in the exact same way. The thousands of images from the citizen-scientists will be combined for a movie of the usually hard-to-see sun’s edge. (R. Baer, S. Kovac/Citizen CATE Experiment via AP)
August 14, 2017 - 7:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The sun is about to spill some of its secrets, maybe even reveal a few hidden truths of the cosmos. And you can get in on the act next week if you are in the right place for the best solar eclipse in the U.S. in nearly a century. Astronomers are going full blast to pry even more...
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This photo provided by Bob Baer and Sarah Kovac, participants in the Citizen CATE Experiment, shows a "diamond ring" shape during the 2016 total solar eclipse in Indonesia. For the 2017 eclipse over the United States, the National Science Foundation-funded movie project nicknamed Citizen CATE will have more than 200 volunteers trained and given special small telescopes and tripods to observe the sun at 68 locations in the exact same way. The thousands of images from the citizen-scientists will be combined for a movie of the usually hard-to-see sun’s edge. (R. Baer, S. Kovac/Citizen CATE Experiment via AP)
August 14, 2017 - 2:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — New week's stunning solar eclipse in the United States will generate as much science as oohs and aahs. From the discovery of helium to proving Einstein right, great science often comes out of eclipses. NASA and others will monitor next Monday's eclipse with an armada of satellites...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 9, 2016 file photo, people wearing protective glasses look up at the sun to watch a solar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia. Doctors say not to look at the sun without eclipse glasses or other certified filters except during the two minutes or so when the moon completely blots out the sun, called totality. That’s the only time it’s safe to view the eclipse without protection. When totality is ending, then it’s time to put them back on. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
August 10, 2017 - 3:28 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — With the total solar eclipse right around the cosmic corner, eye doctors are going into nagging overdrive. They say mom was right: You can damage your eyes staring at the sun, even the slimmest sliver of it. So it's time to rustle up special eclipse eyewear to use Aug...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 10, 2017, file photo, Amy Schumer arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Snatched" at the Regency Village Theatre. The actress and comedian will star in Steve Martin's four-person comedy “Meteor Shower” at the Booth Theatre starting in November. It’s about two couples who get together to observe the celestial event that inspires the title. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
August 07, 2017 - 9:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Amy Schumer and Steve Martin are teaming up for laughs — on Broadway. The actress and comedian will star in Martin's four-person comedy "Meteor Shower" at the Booth Theatre starting in November. It's about two couples who get together to observe the celestial event that inspires the...
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August 07, 2017 - 6:31 am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A 9-year-old New Jersey boy who describes himself as a "Guardian of the Galaxy" is hoping to add the real-life NASA title "Planetary Protection Officer" to his resume. NASA says it received an application for the position from fourth-grader Jack Davis, who touted his expertise...
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