Kiona Smith

Kiona Smith is a science journalist. She also writes regularly for Ars Technica and Forbes. Based in Tulsa, she shares her office with two dogs, a lizard, and a wildly impractical number of books. Find her on Twitter @KionaSmith07.

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A tiny meteorite holds interstellar material from a distant supernova

It’s a relic from long before our Solar System formed.

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The James Webb Space Telescope may have just found its first supernova

This could be the first step to studying the oldest explosions in the universe.

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Webb Telescope data reveals oldest galaxy ever seen — and it's not what astronomers expected

A team of astrophysicists discovered the ancient galaxy in publicly available data from Webb's first science observations.

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Webb Telescope Cosmic Cliffs image controversy: Is it really the Carina Nebula?

The Cosmic Cliffs are technically part of a smaller, nearby nebula in the same constellation.

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What is in the next Webb Telescope images? NASA leaves a breadcrumb trail

Here's when to expect the next Webb images and a preview of what we might see

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12 scientists react to the Webb Telescope's first images: “A stunning achievement”

It was all a lot to take in — so we asked a few people in the astronomy community their thoughts.

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The Webb Telescope's next images could come from very close to home

The summer of Webb is just beginning. Stay tuned Thursday.

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Does Alpha Centauri have habitable zone planets? Webb could settle the debate

Astronomers are betting valuable observing time on the search for a world in the star's habitable zone.

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Webb telescope targeting camera accidentally sets a record

The Fine Guidance Sensor surprised astronomers with an unprecedented view of the universe during a recent engineering test.

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Astrophysicists finally decipher weird beams emanating from Manatee Nebula

A bumpy ride through expanding gas is powering up fast-moving particles in the Manatee Nebula.