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‘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…

5 months 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…

2 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…

2 years ago

Ancient Meteorites Can be Found Embedded in Rocks, Like Fossils

Comets visit the inner Solar System, and leave without saying goodbye. Maybe they leave a trail of dust behind, and…

2 years ago

The Sun is less active magnetically than other stars

While the Sun can be active, it is often quite a calm star. We now know it is unusually calm…

2 years ago

The First-Ever Film of a Total Solar Eclipse – in 1900 – was Just Discovered and Restored

The first film of a total solar eclipse has been restored by specialists at the British Film Institute (BFI) and…

3 years ago

John Glenn: Godspeed and Rest in Peace

John Glenn always had the right stuff. Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth and a legendary figure…

6 years ago

Tutankhamun’s Meteorite Blade

The Egyptian boy-king's blade was made 600 years before Egypt had iron-smelting technology.

6 years ago

90 Years Ago Goddard’s Liquid-Fuelled Rocket Launched Spaceflight

90 years ago, on March 16, 1926, Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fuelled rocket, laying the groundwork for future space…

7 years ago

Challenges We’re Overcoming Following the Challenger Accident

It was thirty years ago, January 28, 1986, that space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds into its flight, killing seven…

7 years ago