Astronomy

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  1. The rover Perseverance sits in the foreground with the red, rocky landscape and red-tinted sky in the background
    Space

    Spacecraft in 2021 set their sights on Mars, asteroids and beyond

    This year, a bevy of new missions got under way on Mars and spacecraft prepared to visit asteroids.

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  2. illustration of NASA's Parker Solar Probe visiting the Sun's atmosphere
    Astronomy

    The Parker Solar Probe is the first spacecraft to visit the sun’s atmosphere

    NASA’s Parker Solar Probe crossed a boundary between the sun’s atmosphere and interplanetary space that has been predicted for decades but never observed.

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  3. illustration of two blue pulsars emitting yellow beams of radiation
    Astronomy

    The only known pulsar duo sheds new light on general relativity and more

    Einstein was right, among other insights gleaned from watching a one-of-a-kind system of two pulsating dead stars for 16 years.

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  4. image of the dwarf galaxy CGCG 137-068
    Astronomy

    The cosmic ‘Cow’ may have produced a new neutron star or black hole

    A bright, mysterious blast of extragalactic light appears to have spawned a small, compact object.

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  5. illustration of exoplanet GJ 367b next to a glowing red star
    Planetary Science

    This tiny, sizzling exoplanet could be made of molten iron

    A newly discovered exoplanet that whips around its star in less than eight hours is smaller than Earth, as dense as iron and hot enough to melt.

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  6. image of the milky way galaxy
    Astronomy

    Astronomers have found the Milky Way’s first known ‘feather’

    Named for the glacier that feeds India’s longest river, the Gangotri wave spans up to 13,000 light-years and bridges two of our galaxy’s spiral arms.

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  7. image of a supernova remnant in the constellation Cassiopeia
    Astronomy

    How massive stars in binary systems turn into carbon factories

    A massive star with an orbiting partner star ejects on average twice as much carbon, an element crucial for life, into space compared with a solo star.

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  8. illustration of debris from a destroyed rocky planet circling a white dwarf star
    Astronomy

    Distant rocky planets may have exotic chemical makeups that don’t resemble Earth’s

    Elements sprinkled on white dwarf stars suggest that the mantles of faraway rocky worlds differ greatly from their counterparts in our solar system.

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  9. computer simulation of jets from the black hole in galaxy M87
    Space

    A stunning simulation re-creates how M87’s black hole launches plasma jets

    Two jets, thousands of light-years long, are re-created in a computer simulation, which suggests that M87’s black hole must be spinning rapidly.

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