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Explore the vast reaches of space and mankind’s continuing efforts to conquer the stars, including theories such as the Big Bang, the International Space Station, plus what the future holds for space travel and exploration.

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Our Milky Way Is Warped Like an Old Vinyl Record

It's tricky to see the true shape of the Milky Way when you're stuck inside it. So how did scientists figure it out?

Earth's Oldest Rock May Have Been Discovered (On the Moon!)

The Apollo 14 mission landed on the moon in January 1971, but what the astronauts brought back could be making history now.

Where Did THAT Come From? Hubble Discovers Galactic Neighbor Bedin 1

On a galactic scale, that's kind of like finding a tree in your backyard that you'd never seen before.

Saturn's Rings Will Exist for Just a Blip in Time

No worries though. Jupiter, Neptune or Uranus could create their own beautiful, bright ring display in the distant future.

Mark Your Calendars for These Space Events in 2019

From rocket launches and eclipses to meteor showers and lunar landings, these are the space events you won't want to miss in 2019.

Barnard's Star B May Host Primitive Life, Kind of Like Europa

Things just got more interesting on this enigmatic exoplanet.

Does the Sun Rotate?

Like Earth, the sun does rotate, but in a different way.

After the Sun Dies, It'll Become a Stellar Crystal

Those stars twinkling in the nighttime sky may actually be crystal spheres. And our beloved star is headed in that direction, too. Eventually.

Orion Nebula Is Scene of Epic Star Battle

In this stellar nursery, firstborn stars are ruthless.

Chinese Spacecraft Lands on the Far Side of the Moon

The China National Space Administration makes history — and shows the world the dark side of the moon.

What Are the 'Blueberries' on Mars?

Scientists are still trying to come up with a conclusive explanation for the Martian blueberries.

This Is a First: An Image of the Sun's North Pole

The image, which was created by the European Space Agency, shows the blazing hot orb's northern-most region for the very first time. Pretty cool stuff.

Voyager 2 Goes Interstellar, Just Like Voyager 1

That means it takes nearly 17 hours for a radio signal, traveling at the speed of light from Earth, to reach Voyager 2.

Gravitational Waves Are Lifting the Veil of Cosmic Darkness

We've identified 11 different times gravitational waves have passed through Earth. Yep, we're getting good at detecting these ripples in spacetime that Einstein predicted.

NASA's InSight Will Probe Mars' Quakes, Temperature and Wobble to Understand Its Origins

After cruising 300 million miles and spending seven months in space, the InSight spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars' surface. How awesome is that?

Hungry 'Hot DOG' Eats Nearby Galaxies, Fattens Its Black Hole

And this hot DOG's ferocious appetite shows no signs of slowing down.

Heads Up: Massive Dark Matter Hurricane Passing Earth

Dark matter is the most mysterious (and possibly important) material in the universe, and scientists are excited that a storm of the stuff is upon us.

Discovered! Icy Super-Earth at Barnard's Star, Our Sun's Neighbor

But you can forget about Barnard's Star b bearing any resemblance to our planet.

Communicating With Aliens Is Hard. Communicating With Alien AI Could Be Harder

If you think about it, it'll likely be an alien machine that encounters our probes searching for intelligent life. How's that going to work?

The Milky Way Is a Cannibal

A stunning accusation has been made: About 10 billion years ago, a small galaxy strayed too close to ours, so our galaxy ate it.

Is China Launching Fake Moon a Bright Idea?

The idea behind the "fake" moon is to provide extra illumination to Chengdu, a city in China's Sichuan province. What could possibly go wrong?

What Are Moonmoons?

Can a moon have a moon of its own?

Space Community Vows to Bounce Back After Soyuz Mishap

With the Russian Soyuz spacecraft officially out of commission, what does that mean for space exploration? And more importantly, the crew on the International Space Station?

Pluto: Is It a Planet After All?

Back in 2006, the International Astronomical Union decided to demote Pluto to the status of a dwarf planet. A new historical study challenges that designation.

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