Space

  1. Space

    Explainer: Understanding meteors and meteor showers

    Meteors regularly enter Earth’s atmosphere. Most ‘shooting stars’ pose few risks to life on the ground, but the rare big ones can be lethal.

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  2. Physics

    Magnetic fields may supercharge the sun’s release of heat

    Astronomers have linked flame-like tendrils rising from the sun to changes in its magnetic fields. This may be one step toward understanding why the sun’s corona is so very, very hot.

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  3. Physics

    First heavy element identified from a neutron-star collision

    Scientists have at last witnessed newborn strontium in the afterglow of a neutron-star smashup. It confirms what they had suspected about how many massive stars are created.

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  4. Planets

    Astronomers spot new type of storm on Saturn

    These storms are bigger and longer lasting than squalls but not nearly as massive as this planet's Great White Spots.

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  5. Space

    A black hole slashed a star apart — and was caught in the act

    Scientists have gotten their earliest look yet at a black hole ripping up a star.

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  6. Planets

    Saturn now reigns as the solar system’s ‘moon king’

    Saturn now boasts at least 82 moons, surpassing Jupiter’s 79 natural satellites.

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  7. Space

    Scientists Say: Black hole

    This is an object in space with such a strong gravitational pull that nothing, not even light, can escape

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  8. Planets

    Does the moon influence people?

    Unless you believe in werewolves (and you shouldn’t), there are few compelling data to suggest the moon has a big effect on people.

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  9. Planets

    Spotted: An exoplanet where it might rain

    A planet outside the solar system appears to have clouds with liquid water.

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  10. Planets

    Physics Nobel rewards discoveries on cosmic evolution and exoplanets

    This trio of scientists helped figure out the makeup of our universe. Two of them also identified the first known exoplanet orbiting a sunlike star.

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  11. Space

    Learning from what Apollo astronauts left on the moon

    In the 1960s and ’70s, Apollo astronauts left trash, mementos and science experiments on the moon. Researchers want to study and preserve the relics.

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  12. Planets

    Preserving remnants of human culture on the moon

    Artifacts left behind by lunar landings have value to research and human history. Scientists now want to preserve those cast-offs while also learning from them.

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