Space

  1. close up of lasers pointed at a target
    Physics

    Giant lasers help re-create supernovas’ explosive, mysterious physics

    For the first time, scientists have re-created a type of shock wave that occurs in supernovas.

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  2. STEVE sky glow
    Earth

    STEVE may be even less like typical auroras than scientists thought

    The purple-and-green, atmospheric light show nicknamed STEVE just got even stranger.

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  3. bluish illustration of surface of Europa
    Space

    Jupiter’s icy moon Europa may glow in the dark

    Europa’s potential “ice glow” could help scientists map the chemical composition of its surface — and the ocean underneath.

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  4. Leo I galaxy
    Space

    The Milky Way makes little galaxies bloom, then snuffs them out

    When dwarf galaxies cross the Milky Way’s frontier, our galaxy compresses their gas, sparking star birth, but then robs them of their star-making gas.

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  5. flashes of light known as 'elves' or 'sprites'
    Space

    Jupiter may host atmospheric ‘sprites’ or ‘elves’ never seen beyond Earth

    For the first time, NASA’s Juno spacecraft may have spied the bright, superfast light show on another world.

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  6. black hole merger illustrated
    Physics

    LIGO and Virgo’s gravitational wave tally more than quadrupled in six months

    Scientists report 39 sets of spacetime ripples from just half a year of data.

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  7. Venus
    Planetary Science

    Doubts over a ‘possible sign of life’ on Venus show how science works

    Detecting phosphine in Venus’ atmosphere made headlines, but reanalyses and new searches call into question the original discovery of the molecule.

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  8. illuminated moon
    Space

    Water exists on sunny parts of the moon, scientists confirm

    New observations of the moon, made by a telescope flying onboard a Boeing 747-SP jet, have confirmed the presence of water on sunlit areas of the moon.

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  9. OSIRIS-REx spacecraft illustration
    Space

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx survived its risky mission to grab a piece of an asteroid

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft just tried to grab a piece of asteroid Bennu. If successful, the spacecraft will return the sample to Earth in 2023.

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  10. Pillars of Creation false-color image
    Astronomy

    Turning space images into music makes astronomy more accessible

    Music created from telescope data helps people with blindness and visual impairments experience the wonders of astronomy, and could aid research.

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  11. NGC 6441
    Space

    A spherical star cluster has surprisingly few heavy elements

    A globular cluster in the nearby Andromeda galaxy challenges conventional wisdom about how galaxies form.

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  12. Bennu
    Space

    The asteroid Bennu’s brittle boulders may make grabbing a sample easier

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is about to collect a bit of asteroid Bennu. Here’s why it’s good that new research suggests its boulders are brittle.

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