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Driving the solar system is a lesson in space and time – Lee Billings | Aeon Essays

A few Septembers back, on a Saturday afternoon, I took a long drive, from a leafy neighbourhood in Boston, Massachusetts, to the remotest parts of …

Astronomy

A New Record: The Largest Baby Star, Ever?

Stellar birth cloud 500 times the mass of the sun, study says.<p><b>Astronomers announced this week that they may have discovered the largest baby star ever detected, nestled within a stellar nursery 10,000 light-years away.</b><p>The embryonic stellar monster, known as a protostar, sits at the center of a …

An Astronomer Followed a Whim -- and Discovered a New Moon for Neptune

A reminder of how much we still have to learn about our own little corner of the universe<p>It started when Mark Showalter followed a whim. On July 1, the SETI Institute astronomer was studying -- as one does, when one is a SETI Institute astronomer -- archival pictures from the Hubble Space …