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Organic Chemistry: Why study it? What can it teach us about finding life beyond Earth?

Universe Today has recently had the privilege of investigating a myriad of scientific disciplines, including impact craters, planetary surfaces, exoplanets, astrobiology, solar physics, comets, planetary atmospheres, planetary geophysics, cosmochemistry, meteorites,…

1 month ago

One of the Oldest Astrolabes Has Both Hebrew and Arabic Markings

I always think of planispheres when I think of astrolabes! Navigators used these ancient devices (astrolabes not planispheres) to provide…

3 months ago

Solar Physics: Why study it? What can it teach us about finding life beyond Earth?

Universe Today has investigated the importance of studying impact craters, planetary surfaces, exoplanets, and astrobiology, and what these disciplines can…

3 months ago

An Ancient Stone Found in Italy is an Accurate Map of the Night Sky

You know how some constellations take a little bit of imagination to see?  Yes, Leo looks a bit like a…

5 months ago

The Positions of Stars on an Ancient Navigation Device Tell us When it was Made

Astrolabes serve two purposes. First, they are useful as an astronomical tool, especially for finding a ship's latitude. But second,…

6 months ago

An Amateur Astronomer Discovered One-of-a-Kind Supernova Remnant

In 2013, amateur astronomer Dana Patchick was looking through images from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer archive and discovered a…

6 months ago

Edward Stone Has Been the Voyagers’ Project Scientist for 50 Years. He Just Retired

Edward Stone is retiring after 50 years as Project Scientist for the Voyager mission. The twin spacecraft revolutionized our understanding…

2 years ago

‘The Clocks are Telling Lies:’ A New Book from Universe Today Writer Scott Alan Johnston

Scott Alan Johnston (that's me!) joined the Universe Today team just over a year ago. Since then, I've written over…

2 years ago

Comet Records From 1240 Accurately Date When a Byzantine Princess Died

Rome was the world's first mega-empire. At its height it stretched from Western Europe to the Middle East, and over…

3 years ago

A History of the Magellanic Clouds and How They Got Their Names

The Magellanic Clouds are a pair of dwarf galaxies that are bound to the Milky Way. The Milky Way is…

4 years ago