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Enceladus's Ice Volcanoes Are Feeding Saturn's Rings

Saturn’s ice moon Enceladus is being slowly devoured by the gas giant’s rings, according to a series of new NASA images that show ghostly tendrils escaping the moon’s cryo-volcanoes and shooting off into space. Whoa.


The Universe's Largest Galaxies Rotted From The Inside Out 

Littered across the cosmos are massive, dead galaxies, containing roughly half the stars in the known Universe. Much about these cosmic graveyards remains a mystery, but a study published yesterday in Science study offers additional insight into their death: They rotted from the inside out.


Astronomers Are Furious About The Roomba Lawnmower

What could the makers of Roomba and astronomers possibly be arguing over? This is the story of how an obscure slice of the electromagnetic spectrum become the object of one bitter fight.


NASA Gears Up For Hubble's 25th Anniversary

In anticipation of the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary on April 24th, NASA is padding its Instagram all weekend with short movie clips celebrating the scope that’s brought us some of our most iconic and awe-inspiring images of the universe.


Mysterious Radio Signals Came From Microwave Oven, Not Outer Space

Sometimes, the powerful radio bursts detected by our telescopes have the look of alien beacons. Other times, they’re caused by scientists reheating coffee.


An Infant Star's Neighbourhood Is Brimming With Life's Precursors

Four hundred and fifty five light years away sits a newborn star that bears striking resemblance to our Sun. It’s awash in a sea of complex organic molecules which could, one day, coalesce to form proteins, nucleic acids, even life itself.


This Device Shows Us 10,000 Years Of Lunar Cycles

If you often find yourself lying awake at night wondering what the moon will look like in a thousand years, you can rest easy now. NYU design student Yingjie Bei has built a device that will tell you everything you were wondering about the lunar cycle, and probably, much much more.


An Alien Radio Beacon? Probably Not This Time

For nearly a decade, astronomers have puzzled over powerful bursts of radio energy that seem to be hailing from billions of light years away. Recently, we received reports of a new wrinkle to this mystery: The bursts appear to follow a mathematical pattern, one that doesn’t line up with anything we know about cosmic physics.


Why The Length Of Saturn's Day Is So Hard To Measure 

The length of a planet’s day seems like such a simple number, a basic piece of information that should accompany any solar system diagram. But probes flying past Saturn have turned up oddly conflicting numbers.


An Amazing View Of ISS Crossing The Sun During An Eclipse 

Photographer Thierry Legault shot what may be the coolest view yet of the today’s solar eclipse: the International Space Station’s weird little silhouette flying across a thin sliver of visible sun.


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