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A meteorite strike during the moon eclipse!

Check it out. You can see the flash of a meteorite that struck the moon during Sunday night’s total eclipse. Photos and video here.

Moon craters reveal Earth’s history

Most scientists believe the moon and Earth have been bombarded by meteorites at a constant rate for the past few billion years. New research suggests that – in the past 300 million years – it’s been happening 2 to 3 times more frequently.

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Saturn hasn’t always had rings

New findings suggest that Saturn’s rings formed only 10 to 100 million years ago, during the earthly age of the dinosaurs.

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Mystery orbits don’t require a Planet 9, researchers say

Here’s an alternative explanation to the Planet 9 hypothesis, the idea that a large undiscovered planet in the outer solar system is pulling on some small outer worlds, distorting their orbits.

Sprouting cotton seeds on the moon.

Plants sprout – and die – on moon

For the 1st time ever, plants were sprouted on the moon – but didn’t survive long – as part of a biosphere experiment on China’s Chang’e-4 lander.

How to watch a total eclipse of the moon

Are you planning on watching the January 20-21 total eclipse of the moon? Here are some tips.

Why does moon in total eclipse look red?

If Earth didn’t have an atmosphere, the moon would be dark – perhaps even invisible – when entirely eclipsed within Earth’s shadow.

Why no eclipse every full and new moon?

In 2019, there are 13 new moons and 12 full moons, but only 5 eclipses – 3 solar and 2 lunar.

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Double star flips planet-forming disk into pole position

Our sun’s planets orbit in a plane extending from the sun’s equator. Astronomers have found a double-star system whose planet-forming disk has flipped up – perpendicular to what we’d expect – over the poles. What would nature be like on one of these worlds?

Lower clouds of Venus observed with the Akatsuki IR2 camera (left) and the planetary-scale streak structure reconstructed by AFES-Venus simulations (right).

Giant streaks discovered in Venus’ atmosphere

New observations of Venus’ atmosphere by the Japanese orbiter Akatsuki – combined with supercomputer simulations – have revealed giant symmetrical streaks never seen before.

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Video: 15 years of Mars images

ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft began sending back images from its orbit around Mars in January 2004. Take 5 minutes to see some of the coolest images of the mission so far.

Here’s how Titan looks in infrared

Saturn’s largest moon Titan is enveloped in a thick atmosphere, but the infrared camera on the Cassini spacecraft was able to reveal the moon’s myriad of surface features.

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Rotating black holes as portals for hyperspace travel

One of the most cherished science fiction scenarios is using a black hole as a portal to another dimension or time or universe. Is it possible? Maybe. But choose carefully. All black holes are not created equal.

Artist's illustration of a Fast Radio Burst.

A 2nd repeating radio burst from the depths of space

Of the more than 60 Fast Radio Bursts found so far, only one has ever been seen to repeat from the same source … until now.

Citizen scientists discover rare exoplanet

Last week, citizen scientists with Zooniverse’s Exoplanet Exoplorers announced K2-288Bb – a type of exoplanet considered rare so far. The finding might shed new light on how planets form.

Blown-up image of a very distant galaxy, with the location of the flare-up indicated by tick marks.

Holy cow! Astronomers puzzle over a mysterious blast

Astronomers are arguing over a brief and unusual flash in the night sky from earlier this year. The call it the Cow. One group argues it was a monster black hole shredding a passing star. The other argues it might have been a black hole being born.

Primitive life at Barnard’s Star?

Barnard b is one of the nearest planets to our sun at only 6 light-years away. But its host star is dim. Can life find a way on such a cold planet?

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Thousands of stars, including our sun, destined to turn into crystals

Astronomers now have the 1st direct evidence that white dwarf stars form crystal cores. Our sun is destined to become a crystal white dwarf in about 10 billion years.

Engineers watch the progress of one of the test rovers in Morocco.

Europe is testing self-driving Mars rovers

Rovers on Mars today are amazing, but slow, and still mostly controlled by humans back on Earth. Europe is testing new self-driving software to help future Mars rovers travel faster and farther each day.

Blue-colored mass of swirling gas, with jets extending from the center.

Astronomers find the brightest quasar yet

It shines with a brightness equivalent to 600 trillion suns. “We don’t expect to find many quasars brighter than that in the whole observable universe,” said the astronomers.