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This Exoplanet’s Weird Orbit Defies the Rules of Physics
WASP-131b has a particularly odd orbit.
Aliens Could Use Our Phones to Stalk Us
Mobile phones are so ubiquitous that we typically don’t think about how they work.
The Technology We Desperately Need to Hunt for Alien Life
We’re going to need a bigger telescope. And that’s just the start.
New measurements support the idea that dark matter doesn’t exist
Despite numerous searches, we have yet to detect dark matter particles.
One astronomical object could be the best resource for future space colonies
The Moon and Mars could be acceptable destinations, but nearby asteroids could also become homes, as a recent study shows.
Researchers find a hidden fragment of a lost Ancient Greek star catalog
The pages of the Codex Climaci Rescriptus hid fragments of the Hipparchus star catalog, long thought lost.
New Webb telescope observations throw a wrench in our understanding of the Big Bang
The latest Webb observations do reveal some strange and unexpected things about the universe.
ESA mission confirms exactly when the Sun will die
We now know that while the mass of a star is an important aspect of stellar evolution, its chemical composition also plays an important role.
Bizarre black holes and dark matter conspired to make the universe as we see it
Primordial black holes could have pulled matter toward it to trigger stellar formation.
Is Planet 9 real? New observations fail to reveal the hypothetical orb
The odds against a Planet 9 existing are fairly high, a recent study finds.
Cosmologists find new evidence our universe has an antimatter twin
It might help us solve problems with the cosmological constant.
Astronomers find a zombie star feasting on its shattered planets
A new study finds evidence of these collisions.
Physicists are on the brink of solving a black hole problem Einstein couldn’t
One recent study suggests this is true.
SpaceX Starlink: Why humanity needs to act now before it's too late
We will soon need to make some difficult choices.
Astrophysicists say "boson clouds" can unlock dark matter secrets — if they exist
Could we soon have the answer?
Mars could get an artificial magnetic field from an out-there source
The reason magnetic fields are so important is that they can shield a planet from solar wind and ionizing particles.
Astronomers narrow in on where Planet 9 might be hiding
There are eight known planets in the solar system, but for a while, there has been some evidence that there might be one more.
A major Einstein theory was just proven right, 106 years later
In 1905, Albert Einstein wrote a paper that was just two pages long. It changed physics forever.
After 47 years, Stephen Hawking’s most important idea was just proven correct
The most mysterious objects in space are slowly coming into view.
“Primordial black holes” could confirm a theory about the origins of the universe
The size of a tennis ball. The mass of the Earth.