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Today in science: Launch of Explorer 1

Launched on January 31, 1958, it was the 1st American satellite and 1st satellite to measure the environment of near-Earth space.

Today in science: Voyager 2 meets Uranus

In January 1986, Voyager 2 became the first and, so far, the only craft from Earth to see Uranus up close. It discovered a magnetic field and radiation belts, 2 new rings and 10 new moons.

Why do fatty foods taste so good?

Why do we like fatty foods so much? Fat gives foods some special qualities we like. Plus, the close tie between fat, flavor, fullness, and happiness might be an evolutionary adaptation.

Why the New Year begins on January 1

We celebrate the New Year on January 1 for reasons that are mainly historical, not astronomical. And yet nature cooperates to make January 1 a satisfying time to start anew.

Today in science: Discovery of Ceres

Ceres was the first asteroid ever discovered, in 1801, and it’s still the largest body in the asteroid belt. Nowadays, we call it a dwarf planet, and a spacecraft has been orbiting it!

Today in science: Johannes Kepler

While trying to solve the mystery of the planets’ motions, Johannes Kepler made several false starts, then ultimately discovered 3 profound truths.

Today in science: Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe is known for his partying, his prosthetic nose, and for being one of the greatest astronomers of all time.

Today in science: Carl Sagan’s birthday

For many, Carl Sagan’s name was synonymous with astronomy. Today would have been his 82nd birthday.

Today in science: Edmond Halley

He’s the astronomer for whom Halley’s Comet is named. It was the first comet ever predicted to return.

Today in science: Discovery of Neptune

Neptune is the planet discovered with mathematics.