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Astronomers detect biggest explosion in the history of the universe

Scientists studying a distant galaxy cluster have discovered the biggest explosion seen in the Universe since the Big Bang. The blast came from a supermassive...

China’s lunar spacecraft digs 40 meters into the far side of the moon

A little over a year after landing, China's spacecraft Chang'E-4 is continuing to unveil secrets from the far side of the Moon. The latest study,...

Solar storms could scramble whales’ navigational sense

When our sun belches out a hot stream of charged particles in Earth's general direction, it doesn't just mess up communications satellites. It might also...

Magnetic fields on Mars ten times stronger than expected

New data gleaned from the magnetic sensor aboard NASA's InSight spacecraft is offering an unprecedented close-up of magnetic fields on Mars. In a study published...

A year on this exoplanet is just 18 hours. It may soon die

Astronomers have observed the exoplanet NGTS-10b orbiting a star in just over 18 hours, the shortest orbital period ever observed for a planet of...

How life might survive at the extremes in the solar system

Our growing understanding of extremophiles here on Earth has opened up new possibilities in astrobiology. Scientists are taking another look at resource-poor worlds that appeared...

How newborn stars prepare for the birth of planets

Astronomers used two of the most powerful radio telescopes in the world to create more than three hundred images of planet-forming disks around very...

Scientists discover the shortest period hot Jupiter yet

Astronomers from the University of Warwick have observed an exoplanet orbiting a star in just over 18 hours, the shortest orbital period ever observed...

How to deflect an asteroid

On April 13, 2029, an icy chunk of space rock, wider than the Eiffel Tower is tall, will streak by Earth at 30 kilometers...

Simple, fuel-efficient rocket engine could enable cheaper, lighter spacecraft

It takes a lot of fuel to launch something into space. Sending NASA's Space Shuttle into orbit required more than 3.5 million pounds of fuel,...