Science: Stargazers

Modern astronomy takes in everything from subatomic particles (invisibly small) to the universe (invisibly big). Meeting last week at Columbia University, members of the American Astronomical Society just about covered the whole field. Highlights:

The Stars Waltz. Double stars, whirling in space, are highly prized and much sought after by astronomers. Much of science's information on all stars comes from double stars.

A star may look as if it were on its own while revolving around (and concealing with its glare) a companion star as big as the earth's sun. Such double stars give...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!