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Stunning 3-D Models Reveal Bizarre Double Star Acting Up

The star system Eta Carinae sends out the brightest flares yet recorded.<p>SEATTLE—Armed with a 3-D printer, a supercomputer, and several space telescopes, astronomers have gotten their best look yet at one of the galaxy's biggest, weirdest double star systems.<p>Surprising new observations of the …

Universe

Ice researchers capture catastrophic Greenland melt

Over a few summer days in 2012, nearly all of the Greenland ice sheet surface thawed right under the feet of a UCLA-led team of scientists.<p>What was not absorbed into snow quickly gathered and flowed across the 20,000-square-mile sheet, coalescing into roaring turquoise rivers. And then most of it …

Has vanishing spacecraft Beagle 2 finally been found?

Beagle 2 was supposed to have touched down on Mars on Christmas Day 2003 looking for signs of alien life, but it vanished<p>A media briefing is expected to shed light on the mystery of what happened to Beagle 2, the British Mars probe that vanished while attempting a Christmas Day landing on the …

Pumpkin geometry: stunning shadow sculptures that illuminate an ancient mathematical technique

Photograph: Saul Schleimer<p>The red line shows a straight line from the North Pole through New York and on to the flat map of the world, analogous to the path of light from a source at N. Illustration: Henry …

A comet is about to come very close to Mars, and NASA is ready

A speeding comet the size of a mountain will come within 87,000 miles of Mars on Oct. 19, and NASA is planning to observe it with just about everything the agency's got.<p>In a press conference Thursday, officials described how they will use more than a dozen NASA assets including three Mars orbiters, …

Astronomy

Chemistry Nobel to 3 who made it possible to see the life of molecules

Science advances tool by tool, and on Wednesday it paused to recognize three practitioners who handed it the means to see the smallest secrets of a living cell.<p>The Nobel Prize in chemistry went to two Americans and a German who pushed beyond the physical limits of light to find another way to …

Giant Blast of X-Rays Traced to Dead Star

Ultraluminous x-rays found spurting from dead stars may overturn the idea that only actively feeding black holes have the power to fire up these displays.<p>Astronomers have pinned down the origins of an especially spectacular fountain of x-rays from a distant galaxy. The surprising source of all …

Wednesday's lunar eclipse will create a 'blood' moon

The second — and final — total lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur early Wednesday morning, just before sunrise in the Eastern Time Zone and in the middle of the night on the West Coast.<p>The moon will appear a coppery red, so it's been called a "blood" moon. It'll look red because of all the sunsets …