Astronomy

More Stories in Astronomy

  1. Astronomy

    Astronomers are puzzled over an enigmatic companion to a pulsar

    The strange entity has a mass between that of a neutron star and a black hole. It’s either one or the other or something else entirely.

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  2. Space

    The strongest known fast radio burst has been traced to a 7-galaxy pileup

    The galactic smashup, located 11 billion light-years from Earth, could have triggered star formation and also odd flares like the fast radio burst.

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  3. Planetary Science

    Salt may have carved out Mercury’s terrains, including glacierlike features

    Mercury may contain a planetwide cache of salt that has sculpted chaotic terrain and possibly even habitable niches.

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  4. Space

    In 2023, space missions explored the moon, asteroids and more

    This year, spacecraft landed on the moon, dropped off asteroid samples to Earth and started a journey to Jupiter's icy moons.

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  5. Astronomy

    A bar of stars at the center of the Milky Way looks surprisingly young

    The ages and locations of metal-rich stars in the galaxy suggest the Milky Way’s central bar finished forming just a few billion years ago.

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  6. Astronomy

    How tiny red stars can test ideas about the origin of life

    A survey of ultracool dwarf stars finds they don’t emit enough UV light to kick-start life, but they could reveal other ways for life to get going.

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  7. Astronomy

    50 years ago, astronomers challenged claims that Barnard’s star has a planet

    Astronomers have been searching for planets around the sun’s close neighbor for decades.

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  8. Astronomy

    A rare, extremely energetic cosmic ray has mysterious origins

    In 1991, physicists spotted a cosmic ray with so much energy it warranted an ‘OMG.’ Now that energetic particle has a new companion.

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  9. Astronomy

    A rare glimpse at a relatively nearby supernova offers clues to how stars die

    Thanks to its home in the Pinwheel galaxy, a favorite of amateur astronomers, researchers have monitored SN 2023ixf since shortly after it exploded.

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