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WSU scientists help detect gravitational waves for third time

black holeBy Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Three billion years ago in a distant galaxy, two massive black holes slammed together, merged into one and sent space–time vibrations, known as gravitational waves, shooting out into the universe. » More …

Eclipse to cast ‘deep’ shadow across southern Washington state

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – Parts of Washington state will be treated to an extraordinary show during what NASA is calling the “Great American Eclipse” on Aug. 21, even though the sun won’t completely disappear. » More …

Ask Dr. Universe: Why do we need stars?

Dr. UniversePULLMAN, Wash. – If you are anything like me, you like watching the night sky. The stars we see are a lot like our nearest star, the sun. They are just much farther away. That makes stars look like small twinkly things instead of a big, furious thing like our sun. » More …

Meteor ‘outburst’ lights up skies over the Palouse

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From his backyard in Moscow, Idaho, Henry Moore captured a Perseid meteor illuminating the after-midnight sky. (Nikon D3 with a 20-40mm Tamron zoom set to 28mm, F/4, ISO 2000)

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Palouse offered some of the best seats in the house for stargazers during the recent Perseid meteor shower. The convergence of warm temperatures, cloudless skies and scant light pollution made for prime viewing. » More …

If life can make it here, it can make it anywhere

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Dirk Schulze-MakuchPULLMAN, Wash. – If the origin of life is common on other worlds, the universe should be a cosmic zoo full of complex multicellular organisms. » More …