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Behold six galactic collisions, masterfully captured by Hubble
The mergers can teach us about how stars are born.
The best space stories of 2020
In the midst of a pandemic, we still sent astronauts back into space, broke off pieces of two asteroids, stared hard at the sun, and so much more.
Stars are dying all across the galaxy—why don’t we see them?
Humanity has recorded five nearby supernovae. But we might have missed a few.
Aliens could be talking to us right now. This scientist is listening.
Sofia Sheikh’s network is investigating more than a million stars for signs of extraterrestrial life.
Beautiful night-sky maps for any aspiring astronomer
Get to know the constellations—and how they fit into the galaxy.
We still don’t really know what’s inside the sun—but that could change very soon
Researchers built super-sensitive chambers inside of mountains to study our host star.
Meet the disk-shaped halo of hot gas you currently live in
The size and shape of the Milky Way’s halo may hold clues to the history of our universe.
Astronomers caught a black hole slurping up a star like spaghetti
The rare moment could teach us about stellar death.
A strange dusty disk could hide a planet betwixt three stars
The unique system could teach us about how planets are born.
A local stellar graveyard could reveal our galaxy’s beginnings
The 'Phoenix stream' is home to many ancient stars.