Small Satellite Deployed From the Space Station

Small Satellite Deployed From the Space Station

A satellite is ejected from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Small Satellite Orbital Deployer on the International Space Station on Dec. 19, 2016. The satellite is actually two small...
Top Astronomy News Stories of 2016

Top Astronomy News Stories of 2016

The discovery made headlines worldwide and even appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. After more than a half-century of searching, physicists finally detected gravitational waves — ripples...
New Year’s Fireworks from a Shattered Comet

New Year’s Fireworks from a Shattered Comet

Earth will pass through a stream of debris from comet 2003 EH1 on January 3, 2017, producing a shower of meteors known as the Quadrantids. According to the International Meteor Organization and...
Hubble Gazes at a Cosmic Megamaser

Hubble Gazes at a Cosmic Megamaser

This galaxy has a far more exciting and futuristic classification than most — it hosts a megamaser. Megamasers are intensely bright, around 100 million times brighter than the masers found in...
A Total Solar Eclipse in 2017

A Total Solar Eclipse in 2017

The “Big One” is coming. In astronomical circles there is no greater, more spectacularly stellar event than a total solar eclipse. And at long last, we will have one in the United States in 2017. It...
Vera Rubin, dark matter pioneer dies aged 88

Vera Rubin, dark matter pioneer dies aged 88

Vera Rubin, a US astronomer who pioneered work on invisible dark matter in the universe and who some colleagues felt was overlooked for a Nobel Prize, has died at 88, her son said on Monday. Rubin...
Cosmic ‘Winter’ Wonderland

Cosmic ‘Winter’ Wonderland

Although there are no seasons in space, this cosmic vista invokes thoughts of a frosty winter landscape. It is, in fact, a region called NGC 6357 where radiation from hot, young stars is energizing...

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