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An Earth-Sized Neighbour May Be The Most Important Exoplanet Yet

Astronomers have discovered a rocky, Earth-sized planet 39 light years from home — right in our cosmic backyard. With a surface temperature of 226C, GJ 1132b is more of an intergalactic furnace than a vacation prospect. Yet some are hailing it “the most important planet ever found outside our solar system.”

How Ta-Nehisi Coates Inspired A Book About The Hunt For Vulcan

The hunt for a hypothetical planet called Vulcan near Mercury fascinated author Tom Levenson for years. It took some tough talk from Ta-Nehisi Coates to get him to finally write a book about it.

Here Are All The Planets You Can Now Vote To Name

Naming a planet used to be an honour reserved for the astronomer who discovered it, but these days, we’re finding too many to keep up. Now, the International Astronomical Union has opened the sacred process up to the internet, bless their brave souls.

Stunning Video Of Mars From Orbit

Video: What a hypnotising look at the red planet. We get to see the view that ESA’s Mars Express see as it explores Mars, specifically a stunning look from orbit. I just love seeing it spin and twirl and then zoom in and then repeat the beautiful process all over again. I can see this in my dreams.

Astronomers Found A Million-Times-Brighter Aurora -- 18 Light Years Away

A team of astronomers has discovered the most powerful aurora ever observed. But unlike our own Northern Lights, this astronomical phenomenon can be found 18 light years away in the skies above the brown dwarf LSR J1835+3259.

How Our View Of Pluto Has Changed Over The Years

Pluto was discovered back in 1930 and that cute dwarf planet has been a blurry grey pixelated object to us ever since. Although our view of Pluto has gotten better ever so slightly over the years, we’ve never seen it in detail until the New Horizons spacecraft flew by everyone’s favourite former planet.

Beautifully Simulated 3D Trip Through Space Is What Dreams Are Made Of

Video: I woke up today and had already seen this stunning video of space before I even saw it in real life because I’m 100 per cent sure it was created in my dreams. It wasn’t; it was rendered in the 3D simulation program Space Engine. But this digital recreation of space is what every kid imagines when they look up at a starry sky for the first time or learn about the planets and space.

Pluto Is Bigger Than We Thought

Pluto, our solar system’s lovably puny outlier and everyone’s favourite demoted planet, is less puny than we thought.

There's Growing Evidence Of Volcanic Activity On Venus

Standing on the surface of Venus, your body would be crushed by the immense pressure, fried by the lead-melting heat, and dissolved by sulfuric acid thunderstorms. Too bad, because if you could survive on Venus, you might witness some epic volcanic eruptions.

15-Year-Old Intern Discovers New Planet

When I was 15, I spent a lot of time playing Nintendo 64 in a dark basement. Tom Wagg, on the other hand, discovered a new planet 1000 light-years away.

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