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A Giant Futuristic Starshade Could Help Astronomers Spot Earth-like Planets
Since the 1930s, astronomers have used various ways to remove glare from a bright object to reveal fainter objects.
On A Cosmic Scale, The Universe Is Quite Small — This Could Transform Our Understanding Of It
The case for a small universe.
Black Holes Could Be Hiding Out In Star Clusters Near Earth — Can We Find Them?
The idea of black holes lurking in star clusters is not new — the problem is proving it.
The Webb Telescope Peered Deep Inside a Nearby Supernova Remnant
It was the nearest seen in modern times.
Astronomers Are Watching a Black Hole Shred a Star to Pieces
It’s not eating the star delicately.
This Upcoming Telescope Could Be Our Most Powerful Tool for Finding Interstellar Objects
The next ‘Oumuamua could elude us, but the Vera Rubin Observatory will take care of that.
Astronomers May Have Just Solved An Enduring Venus Mystery
The origins of its intense volcanism may finally be answered.
"Super-Earths" Study Reveals Weird New Oceans With Potential for Life
Earth-type and icy moons are what we know best, but these worlds outweigh them by far.
Stars Sometimes Grow Spiral Arms, And Astronomers Might Finally Know Why
Lots of galaxies have bright arcs of stars that spiral away from their center, including our Milky Way.
This Exoplanet’s Weird Orbit Defies the Rules of Physics
WASP-131b has a particularly odd orbit.
Aliens Could Use Our Phones to Stalk Us
Mobile phones are so ubiquitous that we typically don’t think about how they work.
The Technology We Desperately Need to Hunt for Alien Life
We’re going to need a bigger telescope. And that’s just the start.
New measurements support the idea that dark matter doesn’t exist
Despite numerous searches, we have yet to detect dark matter particles.
One astronomical object could be the best resource for future space colonies
The Moon and Mars could be acceptable destinations, but nearby asteroids could also become homes, as a recent study shows.
Researchers find a hidden fragment of a lost Ancient Greek star catalog
The pages of the Codex Climaci Rescriptus hid fragments of the Hipparchus star catalog, long thought lost.
New Webb telescope observations throw a wrench in our understanding of the Big Bang
The latest Webb observations do reveal some strange and unexpected things about the universe.
ESA mission confirms exactly when the Sun will die
We now know that while the mass of a star is an important aspect of stellar evolution, its chemical composition also plays an important role.
Bizarre black holes and dark matter conspired to make the universe as we see it
Primordial black holes could have pulled matter toward it to trigger stellar formation.
Is Planet 9 real? New observations fail to reveal the hypothetical orb
The odds against a Planet 9 existing are fairly high, a recent study finds.
Cosmologists find new evidence our universe has an antimatter twin
It might help us solve problems with the cosmological constant.