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Here’s how NASA is searching for all the missing mass in the Universe

February 15th, 2019

Centuries of astronomical observation and technological advances have revealed a lot about the Universe we all call home, but it’s also raised plenty of new questions. Researchers have crunched a lot of numbers to try to make sense of the Big Bang and the billions of years that followed, but something just isn’t adding up. …

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Hubble just spotted a never-before-seen galaxy hiding in plain sight

January 31st, 2019

There’s no shortage of interesting things to see in our own galaxy, but astronomers love finding new galactic neighbors as well. Observing other galaxies can teach scientists a lot about how the massive structures form, live, and die. Using images from the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers studying distant, dim stars accidentally stumbled upon something they …

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Scientists just detected another repeating radio signal in deep space

January 9th, 2019

As technology improves and instruments used to study the cosmos become more and more advanced, we’re answering a lot of questions about our place in the universe, but we’re also coming up with entirely new ones. One of the most mysterious phenomena that scientist have observed are called fast radio bursts (FRBs), which are brief …

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Scientists spot distant stars engaged in a dangerous dance

November 20th, 2018

We only see one star, our Sun, up close on a daily basis, but the Milky Way is absolutely packed with them. It’s estimated that there are over 300 billion stars in our galaxy alone, and perhaps as many as 400 billion. With so much sky to cover, scientists are doing their best to catalog …

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Astronomers spot one of the oldest stars ever

November 5th, 2018

Our Solar System is incredibly old by human standards. The Sun, sitting in the center, is thought to be just over 4.6 billion years old, which is an almost unfathomable amount of time to you and I. But it’s actually not all that impressive when it comes to stars. A new survey of one particular …