Space

  1. neutron star illustration
    Cosmology

    Einstein’s theory of general relativity unveiled a dynamic and bizarre cosmos

    Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity foretold space-bending beasts, cosmic shock waves and mysterious forces.

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  2. Tibet AS-gamma experiment
    Physics

    The Milky Way’s newfound high-energy glow hints at the secrets of cosmic rays

    Gamma rays with energies approaching a quadrillion electron volts emanate from the disk of the Milky Way.

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  3. Kepler-186f
    Space

    Crushed space rocks hint at exoplanets’ early atmospheric makeup

    Experiments that heat crushed-up meteorites are helping astronomers understand what to look for in exoplanet atmospheres.

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  4. cold quasar illustration
    Astronomy

    Astronomers spotted a rare galaxy shutting down star formation

    A distant galaxy harbors an active black hole and active star formation at the same time – an unusual coincidence.

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  5. a flare from a magnetar, illustrated
    Space

    The first magnetar flare detected from another galaxy was tracked to its home

    An outburst from the super magnetic remains of a star suggests similar eruptions are behind some of the most powerful explosions in the universe.

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  6. illustration of quasar J0313-1806
    Space

    The most ancient supermassive black hole is bafflingly big

    The farthest known quasar challenges ideas about how the first supermassive black holes in the universe formed.

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  7. Parker Solar Probe illustration
    Space

    The Parker Solar Probe will have company on its next pass by the sun

    The probe is about to make another close pass of the sun. This time, Solar Orbiter, BepiColombo and others will be watching too.

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  8. astronauts traveling to the ISS
    Space

    Here are the highlights from a busy year in space launches

    Satellites, Mars rovers and astronauts launched into space in 2020.

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  9. a false color composite image of the planet Venus
    Science & Society

    These science claims from 2020 could be big news if confirmed

    Scientific findings reported this year that still need more proof include potential signs of life on Venus and Earth’s oldest parasites.

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  10. illustration of spacecraft on Europa
    Space

    How future spacecraft might handle tricky landings on Venus or Europa

    Scientists are getting inventive with ways to touch down on these worlds, where landers will face obstacles not seen elsewhere in the solar system.

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  11. Milky Way galactic center
    Astronomy

    The Milky Way’s central black hole may have turned nearby red giant stars blue

    A powerful blast from the supermassive black hole at the Milky Way’s center may explain the lack of large, red stars there.

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  12. sunspot
    Space

    This new image reveals a sunspot in unrivaled detail

    An image taken by the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope — the largest solar observatory on Earth — provides the best look yet at a sunspot.

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