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An aurora, and the start of meteor season

The sun is in an active part of its 11-year cycle, so auroras have been frequent. Meanwhile, summer meteor season in the Northern Hemisphere is …

Astronomy

The Surprising Origin Of Earth's Gold

New observations suggest your jewelry may have originated from colliding stars. Twinkle, twinkle!<p>Pirates have hunted it. Monarchs have exploited it. Jewelers have sold it. But where did gold come from?<p>Research by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) suggests that the Earth's supply …

The Private Plan to Put a Telescope on the Moon

Two private companies are teaming up to attempt the first-ever mission to the moon’s south pole in order to place a telescope atop a lunar …

When is the next supermoon?

We’ve just passed a series of 3 full supermoons. The next supermoons of 2018 will be the new moons of June, July and August.<p>A supermoon is a new or …

What Does Space Smell Like?

Man, that comet really reeks<p>The final frontier smells a lot like a Nascar race—a bouquet of hot metal, diesel fumes and barbecue. The source? Dying stars, mostly.<p>The by-products of all this rampant combustion are smelly compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These molecules "seem to be …

Cosmic gas cloud fights supermassive black hole | Stuart Clark

If gas clouds could think, this one would class itself as the luckiest bunch of atoms in the universe. The front portion of a giant gas cloud called …

Element of the week: curium | video

This week, we meet the element curium, which has the atomic symbol <b>Cm</b> and the atomic number <b>96</b>. This element was named in honour of Marie and Pierre …