Amidst all the excitement of seeing Pluto’s unique features for the first time, NASA researchers have been using unofficial names to talk science until official terms come down the pipeline.
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Two binary systems and a fifth stellar wheel make for a rare, and so far unique, set of stars.
On June 15th a quiet black hole, V404 Cygni, suddenly flared for the first time since 1989.
How will planetary scientists decide what to call the features they discover on Pluto and its moons?
Astronomers are looking forward to 2018, when a young pulsar will pass through its binary star companion’s disk.
Here’s a taste of what New Horizons hopes to resolve when it passes by Pluto next Tuesday, July 14th.
For the last few weeks, countless numbers of the world’s 7 billion people watched the western evening sky as the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, edged closer and closer to one another. Last night, June 30th, they reached their least separation: 0.3° apart (at the time of twilight for the Americas).
X-ray echoes from binary star system Circinus X-1 are helping astronomers measure its distance from Earth.
Hotspots on Venus might be researchers’ long-sought evidence for active volcanoes.
Researchers identify titanium oxide as a potential molecule at work in exoplanet atmospheres.
Observations from NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) have rekindled interest in dust clouds seen along the Moon’s day-night terminator.
Super-sharp imaging confirms that the nearby red giant star L2 Puppis is forming a tiny bipolar nebula as it comes to the end of its life.
Researchers confirm that three solitary stars have gone supernovae in intergalactic space.
On May 31st, the Cassini spacecraft flew by Saturn’s funky moon Hyperion. The resulting images highlight the moon’s unusually pocked surface.
Rosetta continues to help astronomers better understand the way comets form and how they interact with the universe around them.
New data on Pluto’s moons show that the system is more bizarre than previously thought.
Starry cannibalism of Wolf-Rayet Star Nasty 1 may offer clues as to how massive, pre-supernova stars evolve.
Researchers using NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have discovered the most luminous galaxy to date.
Observations of white dwarfs in a densely populated globular cluster confirm astronomers’ expectations that stars will migrate to a cluster’s outskirts after losing weight.
It’s time to get away from all those city lights and gather together to share in the secrets of the universe.