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Kelly Kizer Whitt

Nuclear fusion ignition: Big laboratory breakthrough

Nuclear fusion ignition was triggered in a lab for the first time, and it could lead the way to clean energy and insights into the Big Bang.

A spiral arm break in the Milky Way

Scientists discovered a spiral arm break in the Milky Way, lying some 4,000 light-years away, which contains some of the most famous nebulas in the heavens.

Predicting solar storms to protect Earth

Predicting solar storms isn't easy. We're still a long way from forecasting space weather events days in advance. But we're getting closer.

Capricornus? Here’s your constellation

Capricornus the Sea-goat can be spotted in September and October formed by stars that take the shape of an arrowhead. One Messier object, M30, is found within.

M5, your new favorite globular star cluster

M5 in Serpens Caput is a refreshing sight through a small telescope, as thousands of stars cluster together into a tightly packed ball.

Jupiter’s energy crisis solved: Auroras roast upper atmosphere

Scientists solved the mystery of Jupiter's energy crisis by learning that auroras roast the upper atmosphere of the gas giant planet.

A rare nova visible to the eye. See it while you can!

A rare nova visible to the eye erupted this week in the direction of the constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer. Look for it soon!

2 spacecraft flyby at Venus within 2 days

Two spacecraft, Solar Orbiter and BepiColombo, make flybys of Venus within 33 hours of each other on August 9 and 10, 2021.

Weird metal-rich star catapulted from the galaxy

Scientists found a metal-rich star catapulted from a supernova explosion. It's racing out of the galaxy at nearly 2 million miles an hour.

Water vapor on Ganymede, Jupiter’s large moon

Scientists have found the first evidence of water vapor on Ganymede, Jupiter's largest moon, bringing us insights into the habitability of other worlds.