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Noted Caltech Professor Harold Zirin, 82, Passes Away

Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 11:05 am

Harold Zirin, a leading figure in solar astronomy and professor of astrophysics, emeritus, at Caltech, passed away on January 3. He was 82. Zirin was a pioneer in nearly all areas of solar astronomy, including solar radio astronomy. In particular, he made sign... More »

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Spacecraft Completes Biggest Maneuver

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | 7:00 pm

Artist’s concept illustrations show (left) the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft during its voyage from Earth to Mars and (right) the mission’s rover, Curiosity, working on Mars after landing. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech › Larger view  NASA’s Mars Scienc... More »

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Mars Science Lab Maneuver Begins

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | 4:45 pm

This is an artist’s concept of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft during its cruise phase between launch and final approach to Mars. The spacecraft includes a disc-shaped cruise stage (on the left) attached to the aeroshell. The spacecraft’s rover (Curi... More »

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Study Shows Our Galaxy Has at Least 100 Billion Planets

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | 2:45 pm

This artist’s illustration gives an impression of how common planets are around the stars in the Milky Way galaxy. The planets, their orbits, and their host stars are all vastly magnified compared to their real separations. A six- year search that surveyed mil... More »

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NASA’s Kepler Mission Finds Three Smallest Exoplanets

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | 12:15 pm

This artist’s concept depicts an itsy bitsy planetary system — so compact, in fact, that it’s more like Jupiter and its moons than a star and its planets. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Astronomers using data from NASA’s Kepler mission have discovered the thre... More »

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Caltech Astronomers Find Three Smallest Planets Outside Solar System

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | 12:10 pm

This artist’s concept depicts the tiny planetary system surrounding KOI-961. Tinier than Earth, the three planets are the smallest known exoplanets. [Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech] A team of astronomers led by scientists at the Caltech has discovered the three smal... More »

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Before They Were Stars: New Image Shows Space Nursery

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | 5:46 am

A bubbling cauldron of star birth is highlighted in this new image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Harvard-Smithsonia CfA | › See callouts The stars we see today weren’t always as serene as they appear, floating alone in the... More »

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Herschel and Spitzer See Nearby Galaxies’ Stardust

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 | 1:45 pm

This new image shows the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light as seen by the Herschel Space Observatory, a European Space Agency-led mission with important NASA contributions, and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Image credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/ST... More »

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Stars Pop Onto the Scene in New Wise Image

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 | 1:45 pm

This enormous section of the Milky Way galaxy is a mosaic of images from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The constellations Cassiopeia and Cepheus are featured in this 1,000-square degree expanse. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA A new,... More »

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NASA Radar to Study Hawaii’s Most Active Volcano

Monday, January 9, 2012 | 4:15 pm

Color-enhanced UAVSAR interferogram images of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, taken between January 2010 and May 2011. The images show the east rift zone of Kilauea, about 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) from the summit caldera. Lava has been flowing from the east rift zon... More »