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World's most powerful satellite telescope 'Gaia' launched to map Milky Way in 3D

Europe has launched a billion dollar state of the art space telescope, that should bring back home the most detailed 3D map of our galaxy.<p>The …

Rest in peace, Planck space observatory. The spacecraft we loved, and lost, in 2013: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/kh25

Astronomers Predict Titanic Collision: Milky Way vs. Andromeda

<b>May 31, 2012:</b> NASA astronomers say they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, sun, and solar system: the …

Is the Solar System Really a Vortex?

The short answer? No. Not in the way that a popular animated gif insinuates, at least.<p>If you’re even a casual space fan you may have seen a viral gif …

Powerful Ancient Explosions Explain New Class of Supernovae

Astronomers affiliated with the Supernova Legacy Survey (SNLS) have discovered two of the brightest and most distant supernovae ever recorded, 10 …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

The Day the Earth Smiled: Saturn Shines in this Amazing Image from the Cassini Team

This summer, for the first time ever, the world was informed that its picture was going to be taken from nearly a billion miles away as the Cassini …