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Better ‘Baby Pictures’ From Milky Way Nursery

Images taken using the Mopra radio telescope in Australia are offering an unprecedented view into the places stars are born, says Peter Barnes. ("Milky Way Arch" by Bruno Gilli/ESO)
Images taken using the Mopra radio telescope in Australia are offering an unprecedented view into the places stars are born, says Peter Barnes. ("Milky Way Arch" by Bruno Gilli/ESO)

A new star map includes the most comprehensive images anyone has ever seen of the Milky Way’s cold interstellar gas clouds where new stars are...

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    Consumers Win in a Competitive Space Race

    Several companies are working to launch massive satellite constellations into space to provide super-fast Internet virtually anywhere on Earth. Two of the leading firms advancing... Read more

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    This Is How NASA Photoshops Stunning Pictures of Faraway Galaxies

    For decades, the public has consumed sublime photos of distant stars and galaxies produced by NASA, with a few, like the Pillars of Creation, having reached... Read more

  • The mysterious ephemeral dark streaks on Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UAriz)

    NASA: Streaks of Salt on Mars Mean Flowing Water, and Raise New Hopes of Finding Life

    Salty streaks have been discovered on Mars, which could be a sign that salt water seeps to the surface in the summers. Scientists have previously... Read more

  • This digital false-colour image shows the dark, narrow streaks on Martian slopes inferred to be formed by seasonal flow of water on the planet. The streaks are roughly the length of a football field.(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona)

    There Is Water on Mars, but What Does This Mean for Life?

    We’ve known for a long time that there’s water on Mars. Now we know – thanks to NASA’s latest announcement – that some of it... Read more

  • This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. (NASA)

    The Real Martian: What Needs to Be Done Before Humanity Can Take a Step on the Red Planet

    Andy Weir, the author of the 2011 novel on which the new film “The Martian” is based, strove for realism in his fictional world; everything... Read more

  • NASA has confirmed that liquid water flows on the present day surface of Mars. (AOL Screenshot)

    NASA: Liquid Water Flows on Mars (Video)

    NASA has confirmed that liquid water flows on the present day surface of Mars. It’s been known already there’s water in the form of ice... Read more

  • The blood-red light of a total eclipse seen in Nantes, western France, on September 28, 2015. (JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Amateur Astronomers Philosophize About Life and Death Amid Red Lunar Eclipse

    NEW YORK—Throughout last week, as people fretted over the yuan devaluation and pope traffic, Joe Delfausse worried about the clouds. It was imperative that there... Read more

  • The Aug. 22, 2014 photo taken by the Navcam of the Rosetta space probe and released by European Space Agency ESA on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 shows Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. (ESA/Rosetta/Navcam via AP)

    Rosetta Comet Likely Formed From 2 Separate Objects

    BERLIN — When the Rosetta space probe sent back its first close-up pictures of a comet last year, scientists got a bit of a surprise:... Read more

  • Comet 67P and its mysterious jets. (ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA, CC BY-SA 4.0)

    Rosetta Scientists Unveil the Source of Ice and Dust Jets on Comet 67P

    After a decade-long journey through space, the Rosetta spacecraft has spent the past year less than 100km (about 62 miles) from the nucleus of comet... Read more

  • Mars true-color globe showing Terra Meridiani. (NASA/Greg Shirah)

    NASA Expected to Confirm Discovery of Water on Mars

    NASA said in a post this week that it would unveil “a major science finding” in a briefing on Monday about the solving of a... Read more

  • This Sept. 13, 2015 image provided by NASA shows the moon, left, and the Earth, top, transiting the sun together, seen from the Solar Dynamics Observatory.  (NASA/SDO via AP)

    Supermoon Plus Eclipse Equals Rare Sky Show Sunday Night

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Get ready for a rare double feature, starring our very own moon. A total lunar eclipse will share the stage with a so-called... Read more

  • A visualisation of gravitational waves emitted by two orbiting supermassive black holes. (CSIRO, Author provided)

    Where Are the Missing Gravitational Waves?

    Neutron stars – the dead stellar remnants of old, burned-out stars – are some of the most extreme objects in the universe. They weigh as... Read more

  • A general view of atmosphere onstage at the NOVA 'Ultimate Mars Challenge' panel during day 2 of the PBS portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

    ‘The Martian’ Author Andy Weir Separates Fact From Fiction in Reddit AMA

    “The Martian,” both the book and the film, has always been generously praised for its realism. The Wall Street Journal noted that the novel “read... Read more

  • A "selfie" taken by  NASA's Curiosity Mars on  lower Mount Sharp, Mars. (NASA)

    The Real Martian: Can We Afford a Trip to the Red Planet?

    The date of the events in “The Martian,” the fall blockbuster starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars, isn’t explicitly revealed in the... Read more

  • Launching a space balloon in Sweden. (Alexa Halford, CC BY-ND 4.0)

    Scientists at Work: Space Balloons and Charged Particles Above the Arctic Circle

    I research space weather. That’s how physicists describe how storms on the sun end up affecting us here on Earth. Most days I sit at... Read more

  • The best shot yet. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)

    Stunning, Crystal-Clear Images of Pluto – but What Do They Mean?

    The more we find out about Pluto, the more perplexing it seems. For several weeks after its July 14 fly-by, NASA’s probe New Horizons was... Read more

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