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Astronomy

This space oddity is science, not fiction

CFBDSIR 2149-0403 may not be a flying saucer, scientists are baffled as to whether it is a planet or a star. 

Saturn's moon Titan could turn life upside down

The presence of prebiotic organic compounds on Titan is slowly changing scientists’ idea of where life could possibly survive.

Why stardust is magical for astronomy

Science outshines magic when cosmic dust reveals secrets of the early universe.

These star clusters could rewrite astronomy

Star clusters were thought to be made up only of orbs around the same age … until now.

TRAPPIST-1's eternal sunset hides deadly X-ray emissions

While it doesn't seem to get much light, the TRAPPIST-1 system basks in potentially planet-destroying X-ray emissions.

Can black hole belching teach us about galactic evolution?

What supermassive black holes spew could tell us more about galactic evolution.

We now have a better idea of how planets are born

Astronomers think they've found the answer to how space dust can mature into a massive planet.

Andromeda is acting weird, and it could mean dark matter

What NASA’s Fermi telescope just saw might possibly shed light on the invisible.

We're finally going to find out what black holes look like. Sort of.

Black holes have no light to show up on an image, but the Event Horizon Telescope will use radio telescope data to capture the first-ever photographic evidence of an event horizon.

NASA wants YOU to find Planet Nine
Feb 19, 2017

Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 may make it possible for anyone to shed light on the impossible.

NASA's Fermi Telescope reveals the sun has been hiding solar flares
Feb 8, 2017

Fermi has caught solar flares in the act of emitting gamma rays on the far side of the sun.

Eerie molecular hydrogen cloud found on Europa
Feb 6, 2017

NASA's Hubble Telescope has just demystified more about the Jovian moon's atmosphere.

Image of the Day: The Calabash Nebula
Feb 2, 2017

This almost unreal NASA/Hubble image actually shows a star gasping for its final breath.

Dwarf galaxies could illuminate the mysteries of galaxy formation and dark matter
Jan 31, 2017

These dimly glowing galaxies could be the key to solidifying nebulous scientific theories.