NASA New Horizons mission leader Alan Stern and astrobiologist David Grinspoon divulge the most intimate accounts of the decades of planning needed for the Pluto probe in the new book “Chasing New Horizons.”…
By Jason Steffen, The Conversation
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will monitor more than 200,000 stars to discover thousands of exoplanets, ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants.
In the latest ‘Oumuamua update, a research team deciphers the chemical makeup of the cigar-shaped rock.
By Rashmi Shivni
A cigar-shaped asteroid named ‘Oumuamua is our solar system's first interstellar visitor -- that we know of.
Happy 100th birthday to the 100-inch telescope, best known for being the first to see beyond our Milky Way galaxy. That’s right, it spotted the universe!…
Astronomers witnessed for the first time ever a rare collision of two dense neutron stars. The discovery began with an instrument called LIGO, which won this year’s Nobel Prize for its discovery of gravitational waves once predicted by Albert Einstein.
Hisako Koyama's lifelong passion for the glimmering sky and her meticulous sunspot drawings shaped the modern field of space weather.
By Rashmi Shivni
Astronomers have discovered a collision of neutron stars that released both a stream of gravitational waves and a flash of light, backing one of Einstein's theories.
For the first time in nearly a century, a total solar eclipse is casting a shadow from coast to coast and plunging millions of eager onlookers into temporary darkness. From the “first kiss” in Lincoln Beach, Oregon, to the final…
By Lesley McClurg, KQED Science
Self-described 'shadow lovers' -- like photographer Mark Bender -- chase eclipses all over the globe, in part because they say the awe-inspiring experience is spiritual.
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