Space

  1. Planetary Science

    Happy landing: Craft descends onto Eros

    On Feb. 12, NEAR Shoemaker became the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid, the space rock 433 Eros.

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  2. Astronomy

    Old stars reveal universe’s minimum age

    Using a technique more precise than ever before, an international team of researchers has estimated the age of the universe to be at least 12.5 billion years old.

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  3. Astronomy

    Pulsar ages may need refiguring

    New images taken by the Chandra X-ray Observatory confirm that a known pulsar, a rapidly spinning neutron star, was born in a supernova explosion that Chinese astronomers witnessed in 386 A.D. and call into question how astronomers traditionally compute the ages of pulsars.

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  4. Astronomy

    Cloudy puzzle on Uranus

    Astronomers can’t explain the seemingly ephemeral nature of bright clouds seen on the northernmost sunlit edge of Uranus.

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  5. Astronomy

    Peering at black holes: An eventful look

    Two new studies provide supporting evidence for event horizons, the one-way membranes that surround black holes.

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  6. Astronomy

    Eerie Sounds of Space

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  7. Astronomy

    A Jovian moon lost and found

    After 25 years, astronomers have relocated a tiny satellite of Jupiter.

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  8. Astronomy

    A trio of new planets

    With the discovery of three additional planets that lie outside the solar system, astronomers have now found evidence of more than 50 extrasolar planets.

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  9. Planetary Science

    Stormy Weather

    The 11-year cycle of solar storms has begun to peak, already affecting several Earth satellites and disturbing electric power systems on the ground, and scientists expect 2 more years of this solar maximum turmoil.

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  10. Astronomy

    Astronomers find two planetary systems

    Each of the newly discovered systems features a star roughly similar to the sun and a bizarre entourage of planets and possibly a failed star that may provide fresh insight into planet formation.

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  11. Astronomy

    X rays unveil secret lives of black holes

    New studies challenge the notion that supermassive black holes finished growing soon after their host galaxies formed and suggest new ways to find these black holes and measure their mass.

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  12. Astronomy

    Supernova 1987A: Astronomers’ Luck

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