According to Tolkien, fantasy requires a deep imagination known as "sub-creation." And the genre reflects a fundamental truth of being human.
How two seemingly distinct exoplanet systems turned out to be related. Practically every star in the Milky Way has a similar origin story. At some point in the past, a molecular […]
How the brain decides what to store and what to forget.
Are the stellar remnants in our cosmic backyard actually our parents and grandparents?
As we look to larger cosmic scales, we get a broader view of the expansive cosmic forest, eventually revealing the grandest views of all.
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When stars form, they emit energetic radiation that boils gas away. But it can't stop gravitational collapse from making even newer stars.
If there are human-sized creatures walking around on other planets, would we be able to view them directly?
We have long thought that Pluto was completely frozen solid, but the discovery of cryovolcanoes challenges that assumption.
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And why, even at its faintest, it always outshines every other star and planet. If you’ve been looking to the west after sunset recently, you may have noticed that there’s one […]
Following the advent of human space flight, NASA began naming missions after children of Zeus.
“I watched closely for the sun or stars to appear, to correct my chronometer, on the accuracy of which our lives and the success of the journey would depend.”
The new record-holder opens up a literal Universe full of possibilities. Someday, even our own Sun will eventually run out of hydrogen fuel in its core, bringing a tremendous set […]
If you think you know how an astronomical nova works, buckle up. You're in for a ride like you never expected.
We once thought the Moon was completely airless, but it turns out it has an atmosphere, after all. Even wilder: It has a tail of its own.
Any dataset that can be quantified over time can be turned into a contest that is both exciting and (a little bit) enlightening.
With radio and X-ray data combined, we’re understanding how energy flows like never before. When we look out at the Universe on the largest cosmic scales of all, gravity is the […]
For the past 150+ years, the big ones have all missed us. But at some point, our good luck will run out.
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