articles tagged: astronomy
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
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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.

how one planet shows an indirect glimpse of our future and the fermi paradox
# astrobiology

how one planet shows an indirect glimpse of our future and the fermi paradox

If there was a thriving alien civilization on one of the best candidates for life in our stellar neighborhood, we missed them by well over a billion years...

why seti is probably going to fail and why that’s really not a bad thing
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why seti is probably going to fail and why that’s really not a bad thing

Just because we're very unlikely to hear from aliens doesn't mean we shouldn't at least try to listen.

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