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Mystery orbits in outermost reaches of solar system not caused by ‘Planet Nine’

The strange orbits of some objects in the farthest reaches of our solar system, hypothesised by some astronomers to be shaped by an unknown...

New insights on the most powerful explosions in the cosmos

Gamma-ray bursts are the most powerful explosions in the cosmos. These explosions last several seconds and emit the same amount of light as nearly...

Saturn hasn’t always had rings

One of the last acts of NASA’s Cassini spacecraft before its death plunge into Saturn’s hydrogen and helium atmosphere was to coast between the...

Moon to Go Dark Late Sunday Night, But It’s Not Part of the Government...

Get ready, a total lunar eclipse is coming. Late Sunday night into early Monday morning, the moon will “go from full, to nearly disappearing, to...

Giant pattern discovered in the clouds of planet Venus

A Japanese research group has identified a giant streak structure among the clouds covering planet Venus based on observation from the spacecraft Akatsuki. The...

Astronomers uncover the brightest quasar in the early universe – J043947.08+163415.7

Researchers have discovered the brightest quasar yet known, detected from the period when the universe’s star-making hydrogen gas became ionized, known as “reionization.” The international...

CHIME telescope detects second repeating fast radio burst from other galaxy

Assistant professor of physics Laura Newburgh is part of a Canadian-led experiment that has detected the second-known example of a repeating fast radio burst (FRB) originating...

X-ray pulse detected near event horizon as black hole devours star

On Nov. 22, 2014, astronomers spotted a rare event in the night sky: A supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy, nearly...

Space microbes aren’t so alien after all

Microbes stranded in the International Space Station (ISS) are just trying to survive, man. A new Northwestern University study has found that — despite its...

Dark Energy Survey completes six-year mission

Astronomers and cosmologists at Penn who are part of a global endeavor to catalog hundreds of millions of distant galaxies as part of the Dark...

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