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Your 7-Step Guide to the Shadow Universe

Given the vastness of the cosmos–and given how little of it humans ... Time to come to terms, then, with the new reality about our place in the universe. Here are seven key things every informed citiz... read more

TESS, NASA’s newest planet hunter, will launch Monday night - if all goes well

TESS is intended as a high-powered successor to the Kepler space telescope, which has orbited the sun alongside the Earth for the past 10 years and detected most of the exoplanets currently known to s... read more

Exoplanets 20/20: Looking back to the future

The planet, called 51 Pegasi b, would open a new era in humanity's exploration of our galactic neighborhood ... the launch of the Kepler Space Telescope in 2009. This spacecraft nestled into an Earth- ... read more

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Penn State Professor Leads Astronomy Research Team In Search For Aliens

She explained the magnitude and the vastness of the data being collected by the Kepler telescope ... up for a galactic battle, Cartier broke my heart, saying that it’s probably not an alien megastruct... read more

Amateurs find the 'HOLY GRAIL' supernova – right on our doorstep

Pics Exploding stars aren't an uncommon event in a universe with billions upon billions of stars in billions upon billions of galaxies – but catching an explosion in the act on our galactic doorstep . ... read more

Meet TESS, seeker of alien worlds

NASA’s Kepler ... active galactic nuclei,” his voice trailing off. Most of the exoplanets will be orbiting stars called red dwarfs, much smaller and cooler than the sun. They make up the vast majority ... read more

Why Habitable Exoplanets Are Bad News for Humanity’s Future

Last week, scientists announced the discovery of Kepler-186f, a planet 492 light years away ... despite the existence of hundreds of billions of solar systems in our galactic neighborhood in which lif... read more

What Was ‘Star Wars’ Like In 1977?

The vastness of the thing! I remember shivers racing through my body. That had never happened to me in a movie before, at least not that at that degree of intensity. I don’t need to recount the plot f... read more

Black Hole Apocalypse

Imagine I'm exploring space, with some advanced technology for interstellar travel, so that we could visit a black hole, maybe one in our own galactic neighborhood ... And now, if I open my eye, close ... read more

How many stars to expect in Gaia's second data release

Launched in December 2013, Gaia is charting more than 1 billion stars in our Milky Way and neighbouring galaxies, measuring their positions, parallaxes and proper motions at an accuracy level never be... read more

NOVA Wonders

TALITHIA WILLIAMS: For over half a century, scientists have been working with our closest relatives to answer that question ... TALITHIA WILLIAMS: To the untrained eye, the gestures don't look like mu... read more

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