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It’s Official: Voyager 2 Has Entered Interstellar Space

A human-made object has entered the space between the stars for the second time in history, scientists report. Read More >>

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NASA Spacecraft Spots Signal of Water on Asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has already detected evidence of water on its target, the asteroid Bennu, just a week after arriving. Read More >>

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Can You Spot What’s Special About This Photo of the Crescent Moon?

Astronomer Steven Bellavia at Brookhaven National Labs in the US caught a neat picture of the crescent Moon last week, which he passed along for Gizmodo to share. Can you see what’s so special about it? Go ahead and examine it closely. Read More >>

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Too Much UV Light Could Turn Gas Planets Into Sad Rocky Cores

The atmosphere of a gas giant exoplanet located 163 light-years from Earth is being blasted into space by its host star, forming a ghostly tail. Excessive ultraviolet radiation is responsible for the celestial phenomenon, according to a new study, a discovery that could provide new insights into planetary formation. Read More >>

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The Biggest Science Stories of 2018

This year taught us more about distant planets and our own world, about the ways we’re influencing our environment and the ways we’re changing ourselves. A whole lot of stuff happened, and last January seems like it was, well, a year ago. Read More >>

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New Images from Mars Show NASA’s InSight Landed on an Absolutely Glorious Spot

It’s been a couple of weeks since InSight made its picture-perfect landing on Mars. Vivid new photos taken from the landing site are finally giving mission controllers a sense of the landscape around the stationary probe—and the early signs are very positive. Read More >>

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How NASA’s Mission to Bennu Will Keep Earth Safe from Asteroids

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission won’t just take pretty pictures of the asteroid Bennu—it will also help scientists learn whether the rock will one day threaten Earth. Read More >>

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Chinese Spacecraft Launches on Mission to the Far Side of the Moon

China launched its Chang’e 4 lander and rover today (December 8, 2:22 a.m. local time) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, as part of a mission that hopes to land on the far side of the Moon. Read More >>

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What Happens When Two Black Holes Collide?

On 14 September 2015, signals from one of the Universe’s most mind-boggling, powerful events produced the tiniest signal in a pair of detectors, one in the US state of Louisiana and one in the state of Washington. They’d detected two already-wild objects, black holes, slamming into one another. Read More >>

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Telescope Hobbyist Gets 2 Years in Prison for DDoS Attack on Astronomy Website

It’s disorienting enough to have you seeing stars. David Chesley Goodyear, a 44-year-old man from the US state of California, has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for a cyberattack against the world’s largest astronomy forum, Cloudy Nights. Goodyear was apparently angry about getting banned from the website. Read More >>

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Why Scientists Tried to Measure All of the Starlight That Ever Shone

Astronomers this week announced that they’d attempted to measure all of the starlight in the universe. Read More >>

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NASA’s Asteroid-Sampling Spacecraft Has Arrived at Its Target

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx arrived today at its target asteroid, Bennu, an important step on its mission to collect a sample from an asteroid and return it to Earth. Read More >>

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Dead Kepler Telescope Caught ‘Exquisite’ Observation of Mystifying Supernova

NASA’s recently retired Kepler space telescope was famous for its ability to spot thousands of exoplanets, but this year, it presented a mysterious observation of a supernova. Read More >>

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Richard Branson Says He’s Going to Send People Into Space by Christmas

Billionaire Richard Brandon really, really wants you to believe he’s going to send people to space — and soon. In a new interview with CNN, the Virgin Group founder now says he’s “reasonably confident” his spaceflight company can beat out competitors like Blue Origin and SpaceX with crewed trips to space before Christmas. Read More >>

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In Video Debut, CIMON the ISS Robot Throws an Unexpected Tantrum

In terms of glitchy behaviour, we’re not quite at HAL 9000 levels just quite yet — but during the debut demonstration of the International Space Station’s new AI-powered robot, CIMON, the free-floating device displayed some rather questionable behaviour. Read More >>