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It’s Full of Stars: New 3-D Milky Way Map Could Settle Debate over Who Discovered the First Exoplanet

Better data from the Gaia spacecraft also promises to shed light on mysterious brown dwarfs

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Primeval Salt Shakes Up Ideas on How the Atmosphere Got Its Oxygen

Our planet may have gained breathable air in the geologic blink of an eye

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Proposed Exomoon Defies Formation Theories

The mysterious object could be the first moon found beyond our solar system—or something else entirely

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Did We Just Find Exoplanets in Another Galaxy?

New observations of a supermassive black hole in a faraway galaxy hint that planets are plentiful throughout the universe

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Beyond Pluto, New Horizons’ Next Target May Have a Moon

The probe’s 2019 encounter with the icy object 2014 MU69 could reveal multiple lunar companions

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Oddball Object Tumbling among the Stars Could Disrupt Planetary Science

The solar system’s first-observed interstellar emissary hints at undiscovered populations of exoplanets and violent origins

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Black Hole Pretenders May Be Superfast-Spinning Pulsars

Unraveling the murky origins of these cosmic imposters could lead to breakthroughs in understanding the lives and deaths of stars

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Earth’s Nearest Neighbor May Harbor More Planets

Cold dust observed around Proxima Centauri suggests the presence of hidden worlds

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Cassini’s "Grand Finale" Could Solve Saturn’s Lingering Mysteries

In its last hours the spacecraft’s observations could reveal the origins of the planet’s rings—and more

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Supermassive Black Holes May Dine on "Jellyfish" Galaxies

Galaxies with trailing ‘tentacles’ of gas and newborn stars could help feed some of the universe’s most powerful objects

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Supermassive Black Holes May Dine on "Jellyfish" Galaxies

Galaxies with trailing ‘tentacles’ of gas and newborn stars could help feed some of the universe’s most powerful objects

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Newly Found Exoplanet May Have Ring System Dwarfing Saturn’s

If confirmed, the  world’s rings would be some 200 times wider than Saturn’s and could reveal clues to our solar system’s early history

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Could "Planetary Protection" Scuttle Otherworldly Exploration?

Scientists are grappling with the problem of biological cross-contamination between Earth and other worlds

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"Dragonfly’" Drone Could Fly across Saturn’s Moon Titan

The quadcopter-style lander could explore some of the moon’s most promising sites for habitability and life

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Life Bounced Back Fast after Dino-Killing Impact

A new study finds organisms only took 30,000 years to repopulate a region devastated by the impact

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Planetary Scientists Decry Trump’s Proposed Earth-Science Cuts

The president’s proposed budget would boost funding for NASA’s planetary science division, but at what cost?

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ExoMars Mission Moves Forward from Lander Woes

Despite the likely loss of its Schiaparelli lander, the Trace Gas Orbiter is gearing up for spectacular science at Mars

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Scientists Explain Pluto’s Red-Headed Moon

Data from the New Horizons probe suggests Pluto’s atmosphere paints the north pole of Charon, its largest moon

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Scientists Explain Pluto’s Red-Headed Moon

Data from the New Horizons probe suggests Pluto’s atmosphere paints the north pole of Charon, its largest moon

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Some "Goldilocks" Planets May Be Too Hot-Blooded for Life

A new study questions whether “habitable zone” planets can sweat off internal heat 

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