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Beauty of space: spectacular Australian photographs of the universe

From the hidden colours of the moon to Bonnie Doon, and Tarantula Nebula to Saturn, these spectacular images of the universe are the finalists in the 2016 CWAS ‘David Malin’ awards. The annual competition, which celebrates the best astronomy images taken by Australian photographers, is part of …

Gravitational Waves From Colliding Black Holes Shake Scientists' Detectors Again

Scientists announced Wednesday that they have once again detected ripples in space and time from two black holes colliding far away in the universe.<p>The discovery comes just months after the first-ever detection of such "gravitational waves," and it suggests that smaller-sized black holes might be …

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8 of the most compelling places we could discover alien life outside our solar system

And those are just the ones we've detected. Scientists now believe that, on average, every star in the Milky Way has at least one planet orbiting it.<p>And there are more than 100 billion stars in our galaxy alone.<p>With numbers like those, its hard to believe that we're all alone.<p>Exploring these …

Astronomy

Venus Is a Nightmarish Hellscape, Which Is Exactly Why We Should Study It

Venus might have been Earthlike in the past, and Earth might be Venuslike in the future.<p>Venus, Earth's radiant sister planet, has enchanted skywatchers for thousands of years. As the brightest object in the skies after the Sun and Moon, this world is often called the morning or evening star, as if …

11 mind-melting photos will make you realize how shockingly small Earth is

But we rarely, if ever, stop to think about the vast beyond. And we should!<p>Former astronomer Carl Sagan wrote in his book "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space":<p>There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, …

Astronomy