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Giant Impact May Have Created Mars' Moons

Mars may have gained its two tiny moons after an asteroid-size object slammed into the surface of the Red Planet. New models suggest that an object …

Astronomy

'Flames in Space' Might Help Clean Earth's Air (Video)

Studying how flames burn in microgravity is helping scientists understand the process of combustion. The insights learned could help reduce pollution …

Space Exploration

Saturn May Be the Missing Piece in the Puzzle of Jupiter's Moons

Saturn may have played a key role in the birth of Jupiter's largest moons, a new study finds.<p>This discovery may shed light on whether potentially …

Astronomy

Lagoon Nebula Dazzles in Hubble Telescope's 28th-Birthday Photos

The iconic Hubble Space Telescope is about to turn 28 years old, and a batch of gorgeous new imagery helps mark the occasion.<p>Hubble launched aboard …

Cosmology

This New Detector Technology Aims to 'Scintillate' Elusive Dark Matter Particles

A group of researchers say they may be able to look directly for dark matter in brand new way. By using a new combination of materials in the form of …

Dark Matter

New Image Shows How the Sun Changes Over a 22-Year Cycle

Out of billions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy, there's one in particular, orbiting 25,000 light-years from the galactic core, that affects Earth …

Astronomy

Earth Likely Had Water Before Moon-Forming Smashup

The collision that created the moon must have been so powerful that it caused the material of the young Earth and the large body that hit it to …

Astronomy

How Many Stars Are in the Milky Way?

The Milky Way is the galaxy in which the Earth resides. Part of it is visible on a clear night from Earth, as a thick band of stars stretching across …

Universe

Hubble Telescope Captures Cosmic 'Tug-of-War' Between Galaxies

Two galaxies surrounding our Milky Way are playing a game of gravitational tug-of-war, and new data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has revealed …

Universe

3D Map Dices Space-Time to Reveal Thousands of Early Galaxies

Astronomers have produced one of the largest 3D maps of the young universe, where they pinpoint 4,000 early galaxies from the ancient past — many of …

Universe

The Milky Way Galaxy Is Growing Faster Than the Speed of Sound

Our Milky Way galaxy is growing faster than the speed of sound as new stars pop up in its hinterlands, a new study suggests.<p>"The Milky Way is pretty …

Universe

Cosmic 'Yardstick' Measures Distance to One of Universe's Oldest Objects

Astronomers are constantly searching for better ways to figure out how far away objects in the sky are. Recently, for the first time, scientists …

Universe

This Is (Probably) the Only Way Dark Matter Interacts with Ordinary Matter

Dark matter has led scientists on a bit of a wild goose chase lately. New, more accurate measurements of a group of colliding galaxies appear to …

Dark Matter

The Most Precise Measurement of Antimatter Yet Deepens the Mystery of Why We Exist

Scientists have made the most precise measurement of antimatter yet, and the results only deepen the mystery of why life, the universe, and …

Physics

Meet the Higgs Bubble That Will Destroy the Universe. Maybe.

Scientists say they know how the universe will end. It won't be a cosmic collapse but rather a giant cosmic bubble that devours everything in its …

Physics

This Newfound Stellar Remnant Is the First of Its Kind: Why It's So Special

When astronomers peered into the constellation Tucana (the toucan), they found the small-but-powerful remnant of a stellar explosion hidden amid the …

Universe

Is Dark Matter Made Up of Mini Black Holes from the Big Bang?

Dark matter, the mysterious extra mass in the universe that emits no light yet exerts a gravitational pull, may actually be made up of primordial …

Physics

If 'Oumuamua Is an Alien Spacecraft, It's Keeping Quiet So Far

Are there intelligent aliens living on the cigar-shaped, interstellar object that's zooming through our solar system? To find out, astronomers in the …

UFOs

Hubble Telescope Discovers a Light-Bending 'Einstein Ring' in Space

The perfect circle surrounding a galaxy cluster in a new Hubble Space Telescope image is a visual indicator of the huge masses that are bending time …

Universe

'Hole' in the Sun Spawns Powerful Solar Wind; Could Amp Up Auroras

A massive "hole" on the surface of the sun has unleashed a strong solar wind that scientists say may amp up the northern lights in some areas of the …

Astronomy

Weird Neutrinos Can't Quite Explain Matter's Huge Riddle Yet

Deep below a mountain in Italy, in the coldest cubic meter of the known universe, scientists are hunting for evidence that ghostly particles called …

Physics

Huge Solar 'Tornadoes' Don't Spin After All, Study Shows

Giant plasma "tornadoes" raging across the surface of the sun don't actually spin like astronomers once thought, new research shows.<p>Massive solar …

Astronomy

Playful Genius: Tribute Recalls Stephen Hawking's Lighter Side

Stephen Hawking may have been a world-renowned genius, but he didn't take himself too seriously.<p>Hawking, who died March 14 at the age of 76, "enjoyed …

Physics

New Planets May Be Forming Around Young Nearby Stars, Dusty Disks Suggest

Diverse disks of dusty material have been spotted around nearby young stars, suggesting new planets are sprouting up around the alien stars.<p>New …

Universe

'Superflares' May Make It Hard for Life to Thrive on Earth's Nearest Exoplanet

The nearest exoplanet to Earth may get hit hard by damaging ultraviolet radiation, making it tough for life to survive there, a new study …

Science

This Quantum Random Number Generator Can Never Be Hacked

Lotteries, accidents and rolls of dice — the world around us is full of unpredictable events. Yet generating a truly random series of numbers for …

Quantum Mechanics

Astrophysicists discover planets in extragalactic galaxies using microlensing

A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team has discovered for the first time a population of planets beyond the Milky Way galaxy. Using …

Universe

The First Results From The IllustrisTNG Simulation Of The Universe Has Been Completed, Showing How Our Cosmos Evolved From The Big Bang

The first results of the IllustrisTNG Project have been published in three separate studies, and they’re shedding new light on how black holes shape …

Universe

Planets far beyond our galaxy discovered for the first time by astrophysicists

<b>(Video provided by Wochit)</b><p>Astrophysicists have discovered planets outside our galaxy for the first time ever.<p>Previously, planets have only been …

It turns out our galaxy isn’t as special as we thought

It's just plane confusing.<p>Powerful, influential figures exert a irresistible pull, gathering an entourage around them. It's a pattern that repeats on celestial levels. Our planet has the moon, but also a host of other artificial satellites that we’ve used to boost Earth’s follower count. The sun …