articles tagged: astronomy
why saturn’s majestic rings won’t be around for much longer
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why saturn’s majestic rings won’t be around for much longer

Saturn’s rings are young and might be gone almost as quickly as they appeared in planetary terms, according to the latest research by NASA.

right round, like a black hole baby, right round…
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right round, like a black hole baby, right round…

Black holes aren’t just the densest, most massive objects in space. They might also be some of the fastest.

turns out the oldest known star in the universe is in our backyard
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turns out the oldest known star in the universe is in our backyard

It turns out that one of the oldest objects in the known universe is only a few thousand light years from Earth.

‘oumuamua, the galaxy’s slowest interstellar spaceship?
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‘oumuamua, the galaxy’s slowest interstellar spaceship?

A new paper about the bizarre interstellar visitor to our solar system says it may well be a lost alien spacecraft. But there’s a big snag with that idea...

supermassive black holes, the paradoxical creators of stars, planets, and life
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supermassive black holes, the paradoxical creators of stars, planets, and life

Despite their fearsome reputation, we simply wouldn't exist without black holes.

no, seriously, all planets are round
# oddities

no, seriously, all planets are round

Flat Earthers don't seem to realize that their theory violates basic laws of physics.

do alien space sailors unfurl their solar sails to surf interstellar laser beams?
# astrobiology

do alien space sailors unfurl their solar sails to surf interstellar laser beams?

A new proposal posits that some of the fast radio bursts we've been routinely detecting may be coming from aliens, though not on purpose...

to find aliens, we need to know when and why life began on earth
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to find aliens, we need to know when and why life began on earth

Knowing how life started right here at home can tell us how likely it is to sprout on another world.

the amazing, rocky, nearby, (potentially) habitable solar system
# astrobiology

the amazing, rocky, nearby, (potentially) habitable solar system

The TRAPPIST-1 solar system is the most unique one we've seen so far and could offer amazing possibilities for life.

the many mysteries of proxima centauri b
# science

the many mysteries of proxima centauri b

We still know very little about the closest extrasolar world we've discovered, including whether it's suitable for life.

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