Astronomy

The Brightest Object Ever Seen in the Universe

It's an exciting time in astronomy today, where records are being broken and reset regularly. We are barely two months…

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European Satellite ERS-2 to Reenter Earth’s Atmosphere This Week

One of the largest reentries in recent years, ESA’s ERS-2 satellite is coming down this week.

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Solar Eclipses Provide a Rare Way to Study Cloud Formation

April 8’s North American solar eclipse is just around the corner, and it has astronomy fans and weather aficionados alike…

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China's Chang'e-8 Mission Will Try to Make Bricks on the Moon

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has put out a call for international and industry partners to contribute science payloads…

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Even Stars Like the Sun Can Unleash Savage Flares in Their Youth

Why would a young Sun-like star suddenly belch out a hugely bright flare? That's what astronomers at Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical…

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Radio Telescope Confirms Free-Floating Binary Planets in the Orion Nebula

Planets orbit stars. That's axiomatic. Or at least it was until astronomers started finding rogue planets, also called free-floating planets…

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Venus “Quasi-moon” Just Got a Name. Henceforth, it Shall be Called Zoozve.

Ask any astronomer, and they will tell you that all of the planets in the Solar System (including those "dwarf…

3 weeks ago

Black Holes Existed at the Dawn of Time, Birthing Stars and Encouraging Galaxy Formation

The Universe is full of galaxies, many containing supermassive black holes. That sparked a question: which came first—the galaxies or…

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One of NASA’s Radio Dishes Can Now Track Space Lasers Too

Beamed communication in space is almost exclusively tracked by one network - NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN) is used to…

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“Seeing” the Dark Matter Web That Surrounds the Coma Cluster

According to our predominant cosmological models, Dark Matter makes up the majority of mass in the Universe (roughly 85%). While…

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