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Aug

Can you really name a star or buy land on the moon?According to the International Astronomical Union, paying to name a star or purchasing extraterrestrial real estate will simply get you a ‘temporary feeling of happiness.’

Can you really name a star or buy land on the moon?
According to the International Astronomical Union, paying to name a star or purchasing extraterrestrial real estate will simply get you a ‘temporary feeling of happiness.’

26

Aug

Star explosion’s beauty revealed by space telescopeThe supernova that spawned the stunning remnant likely occurred 3,700 years ago.

Star explosion’s beauty revealed by space telescope
The supernova that spawned the stunning remnant likely occurred 3,700 years ago.

Astronauts describe the moon’s odd aromaAstronauts’ noses were likely responding to ‘unsatisfied electron bonds’ or dangling bonds from smashed up lunar rocks.

Astronauts describe the moon’s odd aroma
Astronauts’ noses were likely responding to ‘unsatisfied electron bonds’ or dangling bonds from smashed up lunar rocks.

25

Aug

A star called ‘Bob’? Dolphin constellation’s weird star names explainedPranks and reversed names are responsible for this quirk constellation’s names.

A star called ‘Bob’? Dolphin constellation’s weird star names explained
Pranks and reversed names are responsible for this quirk constellation’s names.

22

Aug

How to see the Milky Way in the summer night skyYou’ll need a clear and moonless sky away from the lights of nearby cities to catch even a glimpse of our home galaxy.

How to see the Milky Way in the summer night sky
You’ll need a clear and moonless sky away from the lights of nearby cities to catch even a glimpse of our home galaxy.

21

Aug

Is sea plankton growing outside of the International Space Station?If it is actually plankton, it could be a contaminant launched into space with the space station module.

Is sea plankton growing outside of the International Space Station?
If it is actually plankton, it could be a contaminant launched into space with the space station module.

16

Aug

NASA probe may’ve picked up interstellar dust bunnies

The biggest of the particles weighed only a trillionths of a gram, and it would take a trillion of them to fill an entire teaspoon.

NASA probe may’ve picked up interstellar dust bunnies

The biggest of the particles weighed only a trillionths of a gram, and it would take a trillion of them to fill an entire teaspoon.

05

Aug

Huge black hole puts on spectacular fireworks showThe black hole at the center of the galaxy Messier 106 is sucking up so much gas that star formation is 10 times slower in Messier than in our Milky Way galaxy.

Huge black hole puts on spectacular fireworks show
The black hole at the center of the galaxy Messier 106 is sucking up so much gas that star formation is 10 times slower in Messier than in our Milky Way galaxy.

Giant volcanoes rock Jupiter’s moon IoThe eruptions were like ‘curtains of fire’ in that they blasted out of mile-long cracks in Io’s surface.

Giant volcanoes rock Jupiter’s moon Io
The eruptions were like ‘curtains of fire’ in that they blasted out of mile-long cracks in Io’s surface.

6 new telescopes that will change the way we see spaceA new age of astronomy is dawning, thanks to an unprecedented building boom of big telescopes that are expected to shed light on dark energy, distant solar systems and other mysteries of the universe.

6 new telescopes that will change the way we see space
A new age of astronomy is dawning, thanks to an unprecedented building boom of big telescopes that are expected to shed light on dark energy, distant solar systems and other mysteries of the universe.