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Kelly Kizer Whitt

Millipede fossil shows they were once as big as cars

Scientists recently announced the discovery of a large millipede fossil that shows the creatures were once as long as 9 feet (nearly 3 meters).

Can we – should we – send life to the nearest star?

A team of researchers has studied what's needed to send life to the nearest star. They envision small creatures riding tiny spacecraft to Proxima Centauri.

See Lepus the Hare in January

Lepus the Hare is a constellation that lies below Orion. You can best spot it on January evenings. It's home to globular cluster M79.

Black hole eruption the size of 16 full moons

Scientists used the Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope to take the most detailed image yet of the black hole eruption inside galaxy Centaurus A.

Earlier tsunami warnings via magnetic fields

Scientists analyzed tsunamis from 2009 and 2010. They showed the magnetic fields of these great waves can help create earlier tsunami warnings.

Canis Major and Sirius in the New Year

Canis Major the Greater Dog is most famous for being home to the brightest star in the sky, Sirius. You can see it in January following Orion from the horizon.

Rogue planets nearly double in number with new discovery

Astronomers have nearly doubled the number of known rogue planets with a recent discovery using archive images from the Upper Scorpius region.

Greatest elongation, superior and inferior conjunctions: Definition for stargazers

When Mercury and Venus are as far from the sun as they get from our earthly point of view, we say they are at greatest elongation.

December’s deep sky: Photos of nebulae and more

Amazing astrophotographers in the EarthSky community shared their photos of December's deep sky with us, including nebulae and galaxies.

10 best northern lights photos of 2021

The blog “Capture the Atlas” announced its 2021 Northern Lights Photographer of the Year contest. You can see 10 of the best aurora photos in the world here.