Space

  1. Planets

    Students help name 5 of Jupiter’s newly discovered moons

    Astronomers announced discovering 12 new moons of Jupiter in July 2018. Five of them now just been named for goddesses and spirits of Greek and Roman mythology.

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  2. Space

    Could humans build a tall tower or giant rope to space?

    The movie Ad Astra shows a space antenna, a spindly structure reaching up into the stars. We look at what it would take to build something that big.

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  3. Space

    Scientists Say: Galaxy

    A galaxy is a group of millions to billions of stars, plus a lot of dust and gas.

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  4. Planets

    Welcome to moon rock central

    A Science News reporter’s visit to NASA’s moon-rock lab shows the hyper-pristine conditions in which these rocks are kept — and why that’s so important.

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  5. Physics

    This idea would turn the Earth into a giant space telescope

    One astronomer has a bold solution to getting around the high cost of building big telescopes.

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  6. Space

    The Milky Way is shaped like a curvy potato chip

    Our galaxy’s got curves. You can see them in a chart of thousands of stars called Cepheids.

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  7. Physics

    Scientists Say: Big Bang

    The Big Bang is the current theory about how our universe came to be. It began with a vast explosion of matter — a very Big Bang.

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    Planets

    What do you call a moon that escapes its planet? A ‘ploonet’

    Giant planets in other star systems might lose their moons, creating new planets. And if moons do go rogue, current telescopes may be able to find them.

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  9. Space

    Caught: A ghost galaxy that may have hit ours long ago

    Astronomers think they’ve found a galaxy that hit the Milky Way. The collision took place millions of years ago, leaving ripples in our galaxy.

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  10. Climate

    Space weather forecast: Big storms ahead

    Scientists studying blobs of energetic particles shot from the sun may help us prepare for stormy consequences on Earth.

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  11. Physics

    Dying stars can make gold as they collapse into black holes

    There are spinning stars in space. Some of them collapse into black holes. Along the way, they may generate a lot of heavy elements — including gold.

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  12. Planets

    Was that a Marsquake?

    ‘Marsquakes’ could help scientists learn more about the Red Planet’s inner activity.

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