astronomy http://www.kplu.org en Did UW Researchers Back The Right Horse In One Of Physics' Hottest Questions? http://www.kplu.org/post/did-uw-researchers-back-right-horse-one-physics-hottest-questions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Think of the immense amount of stuff in the cosmos: stars, planets, interstellar dust and clusters of galaxies. Now consider this: all that stuff is probably only about one-sixth of the matter in the universe.</span></p><p>The rest is thought to be a mysterious invisible substance called dark matter — something scientists have been hunting for decades. Now an unexpected turn of events has put a low-key research team in Seattle right at the center of the dark matter search.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 13036 at http://www.kplu.org Did UW Researchers Back The Right Horse In One Of Physics' Hottest Questions? Martian Mystery: How Water Could Have Flowed on Chilly Mars http://www.kplu.org/post/martian-mystery-how-water-could-have-flowed-chilly-mars <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A University of Washington researcher may have </span><a href="http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo2000.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">helped solve a Martian mystery</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;by</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;explaining how the chilly surface of Mars could have once flowed with water.</span></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 23:10:42 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11328 at http://www.kplu.org Martian Mystery: How Water Could Have Flowed on Chilly Mars Space shuttle blasts off with Ballard High School experiment http://www.kplu.org/post/space-shuttle-blasts-ballard-high-school-experiment <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-969089.mp3</p><p>The Space Shuttle Endeavor is headed to the International Space Station after a successful launch. On board is an <a href="http://ssep.ncesse.org/communities/community-directory/community-profiles-and-local-partners-ssep-on-sts-134/#seattle">experiment conducted by students in Seattle</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>A team from Ballard High School is cultivating E. Coli in space to see how it compares to bacteria on Earth.</p> Tue, 17 May 2011 00:00:46 +0000 Charla Bear 1609 at http://www.kplu.org Space shuttle blasts off with Ballard High School experiment The night sky in 37,440 exposures http://www.kplu.org/post/night-sky-37440-exposures <p>Nick Risinger has always gazed up at the sky. But last year the amateur astronomer and photographer quit his day job as a Seattle marketing director and lugged six synchronized cameras about 60,000 miles to capture an image of the entire night sky. Thu, 12 May 2011 18:39:30 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 1587 at http://www.kplu.org The night sky in 37,440 exposures Lunar eclipse tonight http://www.kplu.org/post/lunar-eclipse-tonight <p>Western Washington can look forward to an added gift of the Winter Solstice: a total eclipse of the moon. The heavenly event begins at 10:32 pm tonight, with the moon in full eclipse from 11:41 pm to 12:53 am, <a href="http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2010.html#LE2010Dec21T">according to NASA</a>.</p> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 22:30:39 +0000 KPLU News Staff 398 at http://www.kplu.org Lunar eclipse tonight