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Astronomers see a black hole eating a star

Astronomers now have the 1st direct image of a black hole ripping apart a star. The star-stuff goes into a disk surrounding the hole, and it’s also ejected back to space in powerful jets.

Life at Alpha Centauri? Maybe, NASA says

Could life exist on planets in the star system closest to ours, Alpha Centauri? Dangerous X-ray radiation makes it unlikely for the single exoplanet found so far. But new data suggest better odds for any new planets yet to be discovered.

The strange case for life in other universes

More about the mind-boggling new studies suggesting that there could be many parallel universes beyond our own, where life is able to flourish.

Let NASA take you on a virtual trip to exoplanets

Exoplanets are worlds orbiting distant stars. Until recently, they existed only in the realm of imagination and probability. Now we know thousands! NASA’s Exoplanet Travel Bureau lets you explore them.

Dunes on Pluto? Yes, but made of methane ice

The discovery of methane dunes on Pluto is an indication of another way in which this planet mimics Earth, but in a way that is utterly unique and alien.

Planet-hunter Kepler keeps going as fuel dwindles

Kepler has discovered thousands of exoplanets, and soon will run out of fuel. Now it’s begun its 18th observing campaign, with a focus on objects including the famous nearby Beehive star cluster and infamous asteroid Apophis.

Does Planet Nine exist? Astronomers point to new evidence

A new study concludes that a large, as-yet-unknown Planet Nine – an estimated 4 times the size of Earth and 10 times its mass – is influencing the behavior of an oddball object in the outer solar system.

A tiny helicopter for Mars 2020

“After the Wright Brothers proved 117 years ago that powered, sustained, and controlled flight was possible here on Earth, another group of American pioneers may prove the same can be done on another world.”

Spacecraft sees Jupiter as never before

Check out the massive cyclones at Jupiter’s north and south poles, on display in stunning new images from the Juno spacecraft.

Stunning Mars images, from Curiosity

The Curiosity rover has sent back some beautiful new images of the foothills of Mount Sharp in Gale crater on Mars.