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This immense 'Styrofoam' planet could help solve a huge mystery

KELT-11b has the density of Styrofoam, which may help explain extremely inflated exoplanets.

MAVEN is finding out how Mars lost its atmosphere
Apr 13, 2017

Atmospheric ions detected by the spacecraft are telling us why they’ve been escaping.

How ancient observations could prevent a global blackout
Apr 7, 2017

Ancient eyewitness accounts of aurorae may help us predict the next solar storm.

Your space weather forecast: Proxima B
Apr 6, 2017

Weird weather could help astronomers understand the stellar phenomenon behind it.

See our galaxy as it was billions of years ago
Apr 5, 2017

Observing galaxies billions of light-years away is like looking through a portal at the birth of our own.

Found: lost planet
Apr 3, 2017

An unexpected computer error has brought a new exoplanet out of hiding.

This new technology could find E.T.
Mar 31, 2017

If E.T. is phoning home, how do we phone E.T.? Researchers at Caltech’s or ET Lab—Exoplanet Technology Laboratory—may have the answer.

Weird signals from space may be stranger than sci-fi
Mar 27, 2017

Could fast radio bursts be powering alien starships? These scientists seem to think so.  

Undead astro-photos are being reanimated—by you
Mar 27, 2017

With Astronomy Rewind, you could be in on the next big cosmic discovery.

This space oddity is science, not fiction
Mar 23, 2017

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
Mar 18, 2017

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
Mar 16, 2017

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

These star clusters could rewrite astronomy
Mar 13, 2017

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
Mar 11, 2017

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