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Tiny, ancient meteorites suggest early Earth’s atmosphere was rich in carbon dioxide

Very occasionally, Earth gets bombarded by a large meteorite. But every day, our planet gets pelted by space dust, micrometeorites that collect on Earth’s surface. A...

Astronomers find ‘vampire’ star sucking life from victim

Astronomers have found a 'vampire' star in the midst of a feeding frenzy, with the help of an automated program that is sifting through...

Stars need a partner to spin Universe’s brightest explosions

When it comes to the biggest and brightest explosions seen in the Universe, University of Warwick astronomers have found that it takes two stars...

Why your zodiac sign is probably wrong

I was born a Capricorn (please don’t judge me), but the Sun was in the middle of Sagittarius when I was born. As a professor...

How NASA’s Webb telescope will continue Spitzer’s legacy

As one window to the universe closes, another will open with an even better view. Some of the same planets, stars and galaxies we first...

Astronomers detect large amounts of oxygen in ancient star’s atmosphere

Astronomers from the University of California San Diego, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), and the University of Cambridge have detected large amounts...

Scientists find new elements, hotter temperatures in the Milky Way

The halo that surrounds our Milky Way galaxy is hotter and made up of different proportions of elements than scientists previously thought, new research...

This Australian meteor crater is the oldest known on Earth

The Earth is pocked with roughly 190 major meteor craters, yet scientists only know the age of just a few. Recently, a NASA scientist analyzed...

The mineral-rich water on early Mars could have been habitable for life

Presently, Earth is the only known location where life exists in the Universe. This year the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three astronomers...

Scientists map dynamic black hole with light echoes

Although most black holes are too small on the sky for us to resolve their immediate surroundings, we can explore these mysterious objects by...