Astronomy

This image released Wednesday, April 10, 2019, by Event Horizon Telescope shows a black hole. Scientists revealed the first image ever made of a black hole after assembling data gathered by a network of radio telescopes around the world. (Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration/Maunakea Observatories via AP)
April 10, 2019 - 11:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists on Wednesday revealed the first image ever made of a black hole, depicting a fiery ring of gravity-twisted light swirling around the edge of the abyss. The picture, assembled from data gathered by eight radio telescopes around the world, shows the hot, shadowy lip of a...
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This image released by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows an explosive dropped from Hayabusa2 spacecraft to make a crater on the asteroid Ryugu Friday, April 5, 2019. Japan's space agency JAXA said its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully dropped the "small carry-on impactor" made of copper onto the asteroid and collect its underground samples to find possible clues to the origin of the solar system. (JAXA via AP)
April 05, 2019 - 5:00 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency said an explosive dropped Friday from its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully blasted the surface of an asteroid for the first time to form a crater and pave the way for the collection of underground samples for possible clues to the origin of the solar system...
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Britain's Prince Charles gives a speech during the global premiere of Netflix's "Our Planet" at the Natural History Museum in London, Thursday April 4, 2019. (John Sibley/Pool via AP)
April 04, 2019 - 5:56 pm
LONDON (AP) — A new eight-part Netflix series chronicling life on Earth and the threat posed by climate change has received a royal sendoff at London's Natural History Museum. Prince Charles lauded the "Our Planet" series and its narrator David Attenborough at the world premiere Thursday night. He...
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FILE - This Dec. 17, 2018 file photo shows the SpaceIL lunar module in a special "clean room" during a press tour of their facility near Tel Aviv, Israel. On Thursday April 4, 2019, the first Israeli spacecraft to journey to the moon passed its most crucial test yet: dropping into lunar orbit one week ahead of landing. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
April 04, 2019 - 1:22 pm
YEHUD, Israel (AP) — The first privately funded spacecraft to journey to the moon passed its most crucial test yet on Thursday when it dropped into lunar orbit one week ahead of landing. After traveling over 5.5 million kilometers (3.4 million miles) around the Earth and drawing ever closer to the...
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This image provided by Pat Branch, shows a meteor over the skies of Green Pond, S.C. Hundreds of people in eight states reported seeing a slow and bright fireball early morning on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Most reports to the American Meteorology Society came from North Carolina and South Carolina. Reports indicate the meteor traveled west to east. (Pat Branch via AP)
April 04, 2019 - 12:54 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — For almost 500 people in the southeastern United States, getting up early Thursday was its own reward. Some 495 people in eight states reported seeing a slow and bright fireball about 6:50 a.m. Most reports to the American Meteor Society came from North Carolina and South...
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March 29, 2019 - 3:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — New research captures a fossilized snapshot of the day nearly 66 million years ago when an asteroid smacked Earth, fire rained from the sky and the ground shook far worse than any modern earthquake. It was the day that nearly all life on Earth went extinct, including the dinosaurs...
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FILE - In this file photo dated August 26, 1978, Soviet cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky, left, poses with first German astronaut from East Germany Sigmund Jaehn, at the Cosmodrome in Baikonur, prior to their space trip aboard Soviet rocket Soyuz 31 to the Salyut 6 space station. Russia's space agency said Wednesday March 27, 2019, that pioneering Soviet-era cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky, who made the first of his three flights to space in 1963, has died at age 84. (AP Photo/FILE)
March 27, 2019 - 10:25 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's space agency says pioneering Soviet-era cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky, who made the first of his three flights to space in 1963, has died at age 84. Roscosmos said Bykovsky died Wednesday, but it didn't state a cause of death. Bykovsky was one of 20 Soviet military pilots in the...
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March 22, 2019 - 3:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A small solar storm is heading toward Earth, but don't expect a big light show. Space weather forecaster Jonathan Lash says a solar flare that left the sun this week is due to arrive at Earth around 2 p.m. EDT Saturday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist...
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FILE - This artist's rendering made available by NASA in July 2016 shows the mapping of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Scientists had thought the asteroid Bennu had wide, open areas to scoop up dirt and gravel. But on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, NASA announced the probe hasn’t found any big spots for sampling. (NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona via AP)
March 19, 2019 - 3:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — NASA's plan to scoop up dirt and gravel from an asteroid has hit a snag, but scientists say they can overcome it. The asteroid Bennu was thought to have wide, open areas suitable for the task. But a recently arrived spacecraft revealed the asteroid is covered with boulders and there...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2019, file photo, this image released by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows the shadow, center above, of the Hayabusa2 spacecraft after its successful touchdown on the asteroid Ryugu. Japan's space agency says its Hayabusa2 spacecraft will follow up last month's touchdown on a distant asteroid with another risky mission — to drop an explosive to make a crater and collect underground samples to get possible clues to the origin of the solar system. (JAXA via AP, File)
March 18, 2019 - 5:49 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency said Monday that its Hayabusa2 spacecraft will follow up last month's touchdown on a distant asteroid with another risky mission — to drop an explosive to make a crater and collect underground samples to get possible clues to the origin of the solar system...
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