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Christopher Crockett

Dawn spacecraft reveals landscapes of Vesta

New findings from NASA's Dawn spacecraft reveal enormous impact craters and diverse mineralogy on the asteroid Vesta.

New planet found in distant solar system by its tug on another world

Using the same technique that led to Neptune's discovery in 1846, astronomers have found a previously hidden planet by observing its pull on a neighboring world.

Record-breaking nine planets orbiting a nearby star

HD 10180 might host a nine-planet solar system. Though slightly larger and brighter than our sun, this star might comfort human visitors with its familiar yellow glow.

Six galaxies caught in act of capturing star ingredients

The discovery is an important step to understanding how galaxies grow and sustain themselves over timescales as long as the age of the universe.

A supernova in M95

Currently supernova SN 2012aw is shining with the light of 500 million suns and will most likely get much brighter.

Citizen scientists uncover a galaxy of bubbles

Since December 2010, over 35,000 volunteers have used the crowdsourcing power of Zooniverse to uncover thousands of giant gas bubbles in our Milky Way galaxy.