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New “Tatooine” Planet Is Largest Of Its Kind

NASA researchers have announced the discovery of the largest known planet to orbit twin suns. The announcement was made at at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society, and the team’s findings will be published in an upcoming issue of the Astrophysical Journal. The planet, Kepler 1647-b,...

Watch Mid-Air Footage of the Total Solar Eclipse - Eclipse chaser recorded footage at 35,000 feet.

4 months agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

Alaska Airlines delayed a flight on Tuesday, March 8 so passengers could watch the total solar eclipse in mid-air. Amazing footage of the event comes from seat 6F, where American Astronomical Society’s Mike Kentrianakis was seated. A very enthusiastic Kentrianakis offers commentary on the event, describing the eclipse, especially the very beautiful “diamond ring” event.

American Astronomical Society Becomes The New Home For WorldWide Telescope

Microsoft Research announced WorldWide Telescope (WWT) project back in 2007. After several years, Microsoft open sourced the project in July 2015. Today, Microsoft announced that they are moving WWT from Microsoft Research to become part of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and a migration to Microsoft Azure. The adoption of WWT by the AAS is a great […]

Microsoft migrates open-source WorldWide Telescope project to the American Astronomical Society

Microsoft has announced that its WorldWide Telescope (WWT) project is being offloaded from Microsoft’s research division and onto the American Astronomical Society (ASA), the professional body for astronomers in North America. To recap,...Show More Summary

And the David N. Schramm Science Journalism Award for 2016 Goes To …

I am very honored to let y’all know that I have received the David N. Schramm Science Journalism Award for 2016! The annual award is given by the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society, the largest society...Show More Summary

Quiet quasar has apparently eaten its fill

Astronomers with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) announced that a distant quasar ran out of gas. Their conclusions, reported Jan. 8 at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Kissimmee, Florida, clarify why quasar SDSS J1011+5442 changed so dramatically in the handful of years between observations. read more

Sun Still Capable Of Monstrous Super-Flares, Say Astronomers

The Sun is still active enough to generate high-energy super X-class flares, according to new multi-spectral analyses of other nearby sun-like stars being presented at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Florida.

Black holes increasingly seen as a key to life, ‘burps’ and all

If you love black holes, this week’s annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society didn’t disappoint.

Kepler Has Uncovered A Trove of New Planets In Our Cosmic Backyard

6 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

If you thought the Kepler mission’s glory days were over, think again. Today at the 227th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, astronomers announced a whopping 234 new exoplanet candidates discovered by Kepler in 2014. The best part? All of them are just tens of light years away. Read more...

This Week in Space: More Bad News for Mars

7 months agoTechnology : Yahoo: Tech

New Horizons probe (Illustration: NASA) It was a busy week for space news, thanks to the annual meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. Planetary scientists no doubt wore out the “Let It Go” selection on the karaoke machine, but only after dropping some exciting new knowledge about our solar system. Show More Summary

UCLA professor proposes simpler way to define what makes a planet

Since the late 1980s, scientists have discovered nearly 5,000 planetary bodies orbiting stars other than the sun. But astronomers are still working on what exactly we should call them. Today at an American Astronomical Society meeting,...Show More Summary

Reporting from the 47th annual Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting, DPS15

I'll be reporting all week from Washington, D.C. from the 47th annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. Expect lots of news from New Horizons, Dawn, Cassini, MAVEN, WISE, and Rosetta missions, not to mention ground-based telescopes, plus a variety of other sources.

An Atmospheric Scientist Explains Why That ‘Mini Ice Age’ News Is Bogus

Last week, a press release from the Royal Astronomical Society caught the British news media’s attention. It quickly spread to American outlets, and soon headlines blared across the Internet announcing the coming of a “mini ice age” in 15 years. Show More Summary

Slide Show: NASA’s Sunstruck Golden Age

Last month, at the two hundred and twenty-fifth annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society, a team of scientists presented a newly assembled Hubble Space Telescope panorama of the Andromeda galaxy, our nearest major galactic neighbor. Show More Summary

Ep. 70: How to Win a Nobel Prize

Just a couple of shows ago, we showed you how to get a career in astronomy. Now that you've got your career in astronomy, obviously the next goal is to win a Nobel prize. We're here at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, which is just one tiny step that a person has to take before you get that Nobel prize. Show More Summary

Episode 40: American Astronomical Society Meeting, May 2007

Once again, Pamela does her duty as an astronomer and joins her colleagues at the American Astronomical Society's meeting, held in May, 2007 on Honolulu, Hawaii. With all that sand, surf and sun, how did anyone get any science done? Pamela tracked down the interesting stories, and brought them back so we could analyze them.

Episode 39: Astrology and UFOs

While Pamela's away at the American Astronomical Society meeting, we brought in a special guest to help debunk some of the pseudoscience that people mistake for astronomy. Dr Steven Novella from the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe gets to the bottom of astrology and UFOs, and why they're not real science.

Episode 20: What We Learned from the American Astronomical Society

It's astronomical society get together time, and we send Pamela to investigate and record. Hear the latest news that will make your text books out of date. Find out where all the dark matter is collecting, the identity of Kepler's supernova, and new insights into the closest, brightest supernova in recent memory.

‘Reactions’ Explains the Carl Sagan Quote ‘We Are Made of Star Stuff’ and How Stars Form the Elements

2 years agoHumor : Laughing Squid

A recent episode of The American Chemical Society series Reactions explains astronomer Carl Sagan’s famous quote “We are made of star stuff,” by explaining how the different elements on the periodic table are forged by stars, and how those elements came to form us. submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

Celestial Snapshots of My Favorite Conjunctions (Op-Ed)

2 years agoNews : The Newsroom

Victor Rogus is an American amateur astronomer and a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in London. This is the 10th in his series of exclusive Space.com posts about amateur astronomy. He contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Show More Summary

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