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Citizen scientists lead astronomers to mystery objects in space

Sometimes it takes a village to find new and unusual objects in space. Volunteers scanning tens of thousands of starry images from NASA's Spitzer …

Cosmology

How would the world change if we found extraterrestrial life?

In 1938, Orson Welles narrated a radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" as a series of simulated radio bulletins of what was happening in real time …

Why exploring space is so important

Going into space is a huge challenge, from which we can all benefit back on Earth. Watch the video below to see members of the Virgin Galactic team …

Sharp New Image of Galaxy M 82 Reveals Its Dead Supernovae

This new image of galaxy Messier 82, acquired by astronomers from Chalmers University of Technology, is said to be "the sharpest astronomical image …

Universe

Cassini catches Saturn's moon Titan naked in the solar wind

Researchers studying data from NASA's Cassini mission have observed that Saturn's largest moon, Titan, behaves much like Venus, Mars or a comet when …

Skull discovery suggests location where humans first had sex with Neanderthals

An ancient skull found in a cave in northern Israel has cast light on the migration of modern humans out of Africa and the dawn of humanity’s colonisation of the world.<p>For most palaeontologists that might be enough for a single fossil, but the braincase has offered much more: a likely location …

Anthropology

Astronomers discover a replica solar system

This image shows Kepler-444 and its five orbiting planets. (Courtesy of Peter Devine and Tiago Campante/University of Birmingham)<p>Scientists have …

Universe

Asteroid flyby reveals space rock's origin and a tiny moon

The huge asteroid that made a close pass by Earth on Monday has a small moon in tow, radar images released by NASA show.<p>Asteroid 2004 BL86 flew about …