Astronomy

01.13.16
NASA's closest-ever Ceres photos reveal more odd shapes
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NASA's closest-ever Ceres photos reveal more odd shapes

The dwarf planet is pretty, but still mysterious.

By J. Fingas,   01.13.16
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12.02.15
See what every star system Kepler's found looks like compared to ours
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See what every star system Kepler's found looks like compared to ours

See all 1,700 exoplanets we currently know about

By A. Tarantola,   12.02.15
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11.24.15
That star's 'alien megastructure' is likely just a swarm of comets
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That star's 'alien megastructure' is likely just a swarm of comets

It's tempting to think that an unusual star is enveloped by alien satellites, but the truth is likely far more pedestrian.

By J. Fingas,   11.24.15
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10.28.15
Astronomers find pure oxygen leaking from Rosetta's comet
10.28.15

Astronomers find pure oxygen leaking from Rosetta's comet

This discovery could revolutionize our understanding of how the solar system came to be.

By A. Tarantola,   10.28.15
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10.21.15
Astronomers find the first planet known to orbit a white dwarf
10.21.15

Astronomers find the first planet known to orbit a white dwarf

Astronomers have spotted a planet slowly being eradicated by a dying star.

By J. Fingas,   10.21.15
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10.19.15
Watch the White House's Astronomy Night live at 7:35PM ET
10.19.15

Watch the White House's Astronomy Night live at 7:35PM ET

The White House will stream its second-ever Astronomy Night tonight.

By J. Fingas,   10.19.15
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10.15.15
A swarm of alien satellites may explain one star's strange behavior
10.15.15

A swarm of alien satellites may explain one star's strange behavior

Scientists say it's still a long shot, but it's a theory worth considering in this case.

By J. Conditt,   10.15.15
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10.09.15
I found a secondhand telescope, now what?
10.09.15

I found a secondhand telescope, now what?

How my fascination with astronomy began with a chance encounter during a burrito run.

By A. Tarantola,   10.09.15
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10.08.15
NASA finds that Pluto has blue skies and surface water ice
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NASA finds that Pluto has blue skies and surface water ice

New Horizons makes a pair of shocking discoveries during its tour of the recently demoted planetoid.

By A. Tarantola,   10.08.15
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