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Twinkle, Twinkle

Tons of Stars Are Actually Solid 'Crystal Spheres' Hanging In Space

Turning into crystal spheres is the ultimate fate of billions of stars in our galaxy, including our own Sun.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.9.19
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The Plan to Seed Life on Alien Planets

The 50th anniversary of "Earthrise" is the perfect opportunity to think about sending Earth's life to the stars.
Becky Ferreira
12.21.18
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Watch These Stunning Models of the Largest Star Map Ever Created

The European Gaia telescope releases data on 1.7 billion stars.
Becky Ferreira
4.26.18
wandering stars

In 1.3 Million Years, the Solar System Will Briefly Contain Two Stars

It won’t be the first time the Sun has had its personal space invaded.
Becky Ferreira
8.31.17
Hypervelocity Stars

Watch the Milky Way’s Black Hole Fling Stars at a Million Miles an Hour

These 'hypervelocity stars' were flagged by a neural network.
Becky Ferreira
6.26.17
Metal

Earth's Core Is Squirting a 'Jet Stream' of Liquid Metal Under the Surface

Scientists found it by taking a satellite “x-ray” of the globe.
Grennan Milliken
12.21.16
Space

Europe Has Added 1.1 Billion Stars to Its Milky Way Map

European Space Agency releases first data from Gaia star mapping mission.
Ben Sullivan
9.14.16
Space

The Gaia Satellite Will Map One Billion of the Milky Way's Stars

Gaia is ready to start the largest ever census of our galaxy.
Victoria Turk
7.31.14
Motherboard Blog

The European Space Agency Just Launched a Spacecraft To 3D Map the Galaxy

The Gaia mission aims to chart the past and future of our galaxy.
Amy Shira Teitel
12.22.13