• Scientists discovered a Venus-like world that might not be a hellhole

    Based on what scientists have said about Venus, finding a world similar to it may not seem like a thrilling breakthrough in space research: Our...

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    Based on what scientists have said about Venus, finding a world similar to it may not seem like a thrilling breakthrough in space research: Our neighboring planet’s surface is a hot, toxic world, with sulfuric acid rain and volcanoes. But Venus might once have been an ocean world much like Earth before it devolved into...
  • We asked our science editor to review aespa’s song ‘Supernova’

    Last week, Korean girl group aespa dropped a stellar new single, “Supernova,” that likened their fizzling intensity to that of an exploding star. As the...

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    Last week, Korean girl group aespa dropped a stellar new single, “Supernova,” that likened their fizzling intensity to that of an exploding star. As the music video for the tune racked up millions of views, NASA’s Webb Telescope jumped in to share an image of the youngest known remnant of a real-life supernova — the...
  • New Webb telescope photo truly boggles the mind

    Everywhere you look are galaxies. The powerful James Webb Space Telescope recently captured a new deep field view of the universe, which is a look...

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    Everywhere you look are galaxies. The powerful James Webb Space Telescope recently captured a new deep field view of the universe, which is a look into some of the farthest reaches of space. In the image below, the hundreds of objects you can see (except for the six-pointed stars in the foreground) are galaxies among...
  • Scientists find Earth-sized planet. It’s orbiting a fascinating star.

    Most stars aren’t like the sun. Some 55 light-years away — which is relatively close by in space terms — scientists have discovered a rocky,...

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    Most stars aren’t like the sun. Some 55 light-years away — which is relatively close by in space terms — scientists have discovered a rocky, Earth-sized world orbiting extremely close to its star (a single orbit, or “year,” lasts just 17 hours). The exoplanet, which receives much more solar radiation than Earth and is unlikely...
  • Mission control is trying ‘restlessly’ to save a spacecraft to Mercury

    A complex mission to Mercury that began its epic space voyage six years ago has encountered critical thrust problems that controllers say could imperil plans...

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    A complex mission to Mercury that began its epic space voyage six years ago has encountered critical thrust problems that controllers say could imperil plans to study the closest planet to the sun.  BepiColombo, a joint European and Japanese mission, is on its way to reach Mercury on Sept. 5 for the first of three...
  • NASA spacecraft spots dead robot on Mars surface

    Mars is collecting artifacts. Without the large, powerful camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which observes Martian terrain for past evidence of water and how...

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    Mars is collecting artifacts. Without the large, powerful camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which observes Martian terrain for past evidence of water and how the Red Planet is changing, we might miss it. But the craft captured the space agency’s defunct InSight lander and surrounding landing site, slowly being blanketed in desert dust. “Can...
  • Why Earthlings are safe when huge solar storms strike our planet

    From time to time, the sun discharges billions of tons of solar matter, traveling millions of miles per hour, straight at Earth. Yet humans and...

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    From time to time, the sun discharges billions of tons of solar matter, traveling millions of miles per hour, straight at Earth. Yet humans and life on the surface aren’t physically harmed by the intense space radiation. That’s why, when the strongest solar impact to occur in over 20 years recently hit, you may have...
  • Are some of the oldest stars in the universe right under our noses?

    An MIT astronomy class has found three of the oldest stars in the universe lurking right outside the Milky Way.  The stars, about 30,000 light-years...

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    An MIT astronomy class has found three of the oldest stars in the universe lurking right outside the Milky Way.  The stars, about 30,000 light-years from Earth, are in the galaxy’s “halo,” the cloud of stars surrounding the main galactic disk in space, and are estimated to have formed about 12 to 13 billion years...
  • U.S. spacecraft snap stunning views of auroras encircling Earth

    A parade of intense solar storms have hit Earth — the strongest since Halloween over 20 years ago. While these outbursts from the active sun...

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    A parade of intense solar storms have hit Earth — the strongest since Halloween over 20 years ago. While these outbursts from the active sun can pose serious threats to our electrical grid and communications systems, they also stoke brilliant events in our polar skies, commonly called auroras or the northern lights. In particular, our...
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