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Kelly Kizer Whitt

Colors of Betelgeuse in a star collage

Soumyadeep Mukherjee captured the colors of Betelgeuse in 1,300 individual images that he compiled into a star-shaped collage.

Mercury before sunrise: start watching now

Look for Mercury before sunrise! Greatest elongation happens October 25. This is the Northern Hemisphere's best Mercury apparition of 2021.

Solar system’s future seen: 1st planet around a white dwarf

Scientists got a peek at the solar system's future when they found a gas giant planet orbiting a white dwarf. One day the sun will die and become a white dwarf.

Virtual reality universe unveiled

Researchers have amassed terabytes of data from a slew of telescopes to create the Virtual Reality Universe Project, a map of our cosmos.

Lucy spacecraft launched today to Jupiter’s Trojans

The Lucy spacecraft successfully launched on October 16, 2021, to begin its trip to the Trojan asteroids, fossils of the solar system's formation that lie near Jupiter.

Venus never had oceans, study says

Scientists have run computer simulations that suggest Venus never had oceans because the conditions were never cool enough to allow for rain.

19 hidden planets revealed by their auroras

Scientists have discovered 19 possible hidden planets, detected through radio waves they believe are from red dwarf stars interacting with exoplanets.

Delphinus the Dolphin resembles its name

Delphinus the Dolphin is a petite constellation that looks like the animal it's supposed to represent. Look for the dolphin leaping under the Summer Triangle.

Deep-sky objects: Small telescope and binocular targets

Deep-sky objects - including bright and dark nebulae, star clusters and distant galaxies - are favorite targets for amateur stargazers.

Proxima Centauri, closest star to our sun

Proxima Centauri is the nearest star to our sun at 4.22 light-years away. It's home to at least 2 planets and massive solar flares.