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Watch the death of this rare giant star

Located about 3,009 light-years from Earth, VY Canis Majoris is possibly the most massive star in the Milky Way. A University of Arizona-led team of...

What quantum information and snowflakes have in common, and what we can do about...

Qubits are a basic building block for quantum computers, but they’re also notoriously fragile—tricky to observe without erasing their information in the process. Now, new...

This weird star produced the fastest nova on record

Astronomers are buzzing after observing the fastest nova ever recorded. The unusual event drew scientists’ attention to an even more unusual star. As they study it,...

Asteroid Psyche maps reveal an ancient world of metal and rock

Later this year, NASA is set to launch a probe the size of a tennis court to the asteroid belt, a region between the...

Thousands of galaxies shine in ultraviolet light in new Hubble image

This may help reveal how the first stars ended the universe's dark ages. A new image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is brimming with distant...

Yoyo stars caused off-center bubbles of ionized gas, shows study

Astronomers have developed a new code to simulate the formation of a cluster of baby stars. Comparison with the well-known real case of the Orion...

Astronomers detect rare and strange radio burst

Astronomers have found only the second example of a highly active, repeating Fast Radio Burst (FRB) with a compact source of weaker but persistent...

Does a “mirror world of particles” explain the crisis in cosmology

The idea of a mirror universe is a common trope in science fiction. A world similar to ours where we might find our evil doppelganger...

What is the best radiation shielding for the surface of Mars

The planet Mars is calling to us. At least, that is the impression one gets when examining all the planned and proposed missions to the...

The early solar system was total mayhem

There’s no question that young solar systems are chaotic places. Cascading collisions defined our young Solar System as rocks, boulders, and planetesimals repeatedly collided. A new...