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In pictures: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017

<b>The winning images from this year's competition have now been announced, with Artem Mironov's vibrant clouds of dust and gas in the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex scooping first place.</b><p>Stars and Nebulae<p>Mironov won both the Stars and Nebulae category and the overall award, Insight Astronomy Photographer …

Astronomy

This pitch-black planet eats light for breakfast

The exoplanet, located 1,400 light-years away from Earth, absorbs nearly all light falling into its atmosphere, NASA says.<p>The setting for Hollywood's …

Universe

It's time for Cassini's 'spectacular' farewell

The NASA probe has helped us study Saturn and its moons like never before, but after 20 years in space, just one final mission remains.<p>Cassini left …

Space Exploration

China is planning to build a replica of Mars

Replicas

It's raining diamonds on Neptune and Uranus

The outer planets might contain some serious bling.<p>Money might not grow on trees here on Earth, but on Neptune and Uranus, diamonds do fall from the …

Chemistry

Life on Mars: Amazing photos from the Curiosity rover

Planets

A moon the size of Neptune may have been discovered outside our solar system

If confirmed, it would be the first exomoon ever discovered.<p>To date, thousands of exoplanets — planets that orbit other stars — have been discovered, …

Why Does the Sun Appear Orange?

<b>Why does our sun appear orange? Other stars appear white. Is it because of our oxygen and atmosphere? Does our sun appear white from a</b> …

Surprising new evidence suggests moon's interior might be 'wet'

The exact origin of so much water remains a mystery.<p>Large amounts of water have been found trapped in volcanic deposits across the surface of the …

What happens when galaxies get too close?

A lot can happen when two galaxies pass in the night.<p>About 500 million light-years from us, two galaxies are zooming by one another at a speed of …

Juno snaps pix of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

The first images are in — and this is just the beginning.<p>Editor's note: NASA's Juno spacecraft flew over Jupiter's Red Spot and took some pretty …

Discovery of a flat, dead galaxy is changing NASA's outlook

NASA

Quantum entanglement transmitted through space

Remarkable achievement could usher in a 'space entanglement race.'<p>Of all the weird, uncanny, anti-intuitive phenomena of quantum mechanics, …

Quantum Mechanics

Houston, we have a space debris problem

Leaving Earth for another planet is going to be a challenge. Sure, there's the matter of building the rocket and launching it, but what do you do …

Space Debris

How small are we in the scale of the universe? - Alex Hofeldt

YouTube

Third set of gravitational waves detected rippling past Earth

What these waves in the fabric of spacetime can tell us about other dimensions, black holes and gravity.<p>Physicists are pretty comfortable with using …

Physics

NASA Is Going To Launch The World's First Mission

In a mission that's been in the works for near 60 years, NASA plans on launching a spacecraft in 2018 that will "touch the sun." The spacecraft is as …

NASA

Astronomers Say They Now Have Proof That Nothing Can Escape from a Black Hole

Microsoft

First-time images of Jupiter from Juno spacecraft

Spacecraft

Buzz Aldrin urges NASA to ditch the ISS and focus on Mars

Former astronaut says the $3.5 billion spent annually on the space station should go towards efforts to colonize the red planet.<p>Last week, famed …

Exploration

See the Crab Nebula from 5 different observatories

We've known about the Crab Nebula in some fashion since 1054 A.D. That's when Chinese astronomers first noticed this incredibly bright "guest star" …

Astronomy

Parallel worlds exist and interact with our world, say physicists

New theory explains many of the bizarre observations made in quantum mechanics.<p>Quantum mechanics, though firmly tested, is so weird and …

7 weird facts about black holes

Prepare to be wowed by these mysterious cosmic wonders.<p>Black holes are perhaps the most nightmarishly fascinating features of our universe. Like long …

Astrophysics

China and Europe's 'Moon village' could boost lunar mining, space tourism | ZDNet

We may dream of colonizing Mars, but in the meantime, a moonbase is on the table.<p>Chinese and European space agencies have come together to consider …

Moon

See that beautiful river of light? That's 'Steve'

Aurora enthusiasts first documented the ribbon of light last year.<p>If you happen to see a vertical ribbon of dancing, flickering light playing across …

Space

Cosmic web of 'dark matter bridges' link galaxies across the universe

First image of 'bridge' captured by Canadian astrophysicists.<p>Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci once remarked: "Realize that everything connects to …

NASA just discovered the first food source for potential aliens

Saturn's moon Enceladus may harbor conditions for life

Global oceans of liquid water there and on Jupiter's Europa grab NASA's attention.<p>A little over a month ago, NASA announced the discovery of seven …

A stellar explosion in Orion caught on camera

When we look up at the sky to view Orion the hunter, we're looking not just at a constellation but a place where stars are born. Within the …