Ron Cowen

Jan. 18, 2013

Colossal Quasar Clump Too Huge to Exist, in Theory

Astronomers have discovered a clump of 73 quasars spanning four billion light years at its widest point -- that's like 40,000 Milky Way galaxies lined end-to-end.

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Jan. 13, 2012

Kepler Telescope Spots Tiniest Exoplanets Yet

Reporter Ron Cowen discusses his top picks from a meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

astronomy, space, aas

Jul. 15, 2011

Funding For James Webb Space Telescope In Jeopardy

Will Congress cut funding for Hubble’s successor?

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Dec. 31, 2010

2010 Science Year In Review

From the Gulf oil spill to the creation of synthetic life, a look at the science that made headlines in 2010.

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Oct. 08, 2010

Planetary Sciences Update

We'll take you inside the American Astronomical Society's Planetary Sciences meeting, going on this week.

planets, planetary science, geology, weather

Jul. 09, 2010

Mars Water

Although it's been years since the first publications of signs of water on Mars, support for the idea of lots of liquid water in the planet's past keeps coming in.

mars, water, astrobiology

May. 28, 2010

Astronomy Meeting Highlights

From changing ideas of how black holes operate to a solar system that's decidedly off-kilter, we'll get highlights from a meeting of astronomers.

physics, astronomy, space, tevatron, science news

Apr. 23, 2010

The Hubble at 20

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, and we're having a celebration.

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Jan. 08, 2010

Astronomy Meeting Highlights

We'll get the latest from researchers at this week's meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

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