2012 International Astronomical Union General Assembly

Science News’ coverage of the IAU meeting held August 20-21 in Beijing


Friday, August 24, 2012

Black hole’s annual feast begins

Astronomers offer explanations for source of light around an object with an unusual yearly behavior.
By Nadia Drake | Read more

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Exoplanet pair orbits two stars

The Kepler spacecraft catches two exoplanets around a binary star system, with one planet in the habitable zone.
By Nadia Drake | Read more

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

News in Brief: Highlights from the IAU Meeting

A collection of reports from the 28th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union, Beijing.
By Nadia Drake | Read more

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Stars’ missing elements could signal lurking small planets

The sun’s chemistry suggests some other good places to hunt for rocky orbs.
By Nadia Drake | Read more

Friday, August 31, 2012

Another potentially habitable world emerges

The newfound planet orbits a common type of dwarf star, suggesting even more may be out there.
By Nadia Drake | Read more


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

On the Scene : Weird pulsars debut at Beijing astronomy meeting

Newfound oddities challenge researchers’ imaginations.
By Nadia Drake | Read more