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‘Cosmos’ returns to TV in 2019 with new twists

Like hope, “Cosmos” springs eternal. That’s the message Ann Druyan is delivering with the news that “Cosmos,” the science-minded TV show pioneered by her late husband, world-renowned physicist Carl Sagan, is returning to Fox and National Geographic in the spring of … Continue reading

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Gravitational waves play role in black hole show

Black holes are the collapsed stars of the show on “Black Hole Apocalypse,” a two-hour “NOVA” presentation that’s premiering Jan. 10 on PBS. But the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, also known as LIGO, gets its share of the spotlight as well. “LIGO both … Continue reading

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Moon upstages Quadrantid meteor shower

The good news is that the annual Quadrantid meteor shower is reaching its peak tonight with relatively clear skies in the forecast for Western Washington. The bad news? It’ll be hard to spot shooting stars, due to the night-long glare … Continue reading

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Alien megastructure? Forget about it, scientists say

The astronomers who once speculated that an alien megastructure might be responsible for the weirdly fluctuating light from a distant star have now fully ruled out that way-out explanation. Their conclusion, reported in a paper published today by Astrophysical Journal Letters, … Continue reading

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Year in Space: From a black sun to a brighter moon

The first total solar eclipse to go across America from coast to coast in 99 years has to rank as the top space story of 2017. But where do you go from there? Would you believe the moon? The moon … Continue reading

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How scientists are expanding the SETI spectrum

BERKELEY, Calif. — Twenty years after the movie “Contact” brought the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, to the big screen, it’s dawning on astronomers that the real-world plotline might turn out to be totally different 20 years from now. So far, … Continue reading

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Blue Origin spends $14 million to buy more space

Blue Origin, the space venture founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has spent $14.1 million to buy 31 acres of land that’s earmarked for expansion of its headquarters in Kent, Wash. Purchase of the undeveloped land at and around 21601 76th Av., just … Continue reading

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