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This beautiful photo of the moon is 50,000 images rolled into 1

Of the countless images of the moon available online, you’ve likely never seen one as arresting as this one. The image, a composition of some 50,000 exposures taken over one hour, was captured by astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy on the evening…

New map of the night sky reveals 300,000 'hidden' galaxies

The known universe just got a lot bigger. An international team of more than 200 astronomers from 18 countries has published the first data from what promises to be an exciting new chapter in our exploration and understanding of the…

Space travel changes our genes, and NASA's Twin Study proves it

NASA has confirmed its preliminary findings from its year-long Twins Study, and the results have some scientists scratching their heads. The first-of-its-kind opportunity to study the genetic impact of space on the human body came about after astronaut Scott Kelly…

The brightest star in the night sky will go dark

It’s hard to miss Sirius, the dog star. It’s the brightest star in the night sky, after all. But on Monday, Feb. 18, the star will go dark for almost two seconds. It’s the first time in recorded history that…

Ancient supernova saved Earth from watery grave, study suggests

A new study suggests a bit of cosmic good fortune in the form of a massive nearby explosion may have been instrumental in preventing Earth from transforming into a hostile ocean world. The research, published in the journal Nature, focuses…

NASA spacecraft to map out asteroid that's heading our way

An asteroid, named Bennu, that could one day cause significant damage to the Earth in the 22nd century will be cozying up near Mars on Valentine’s Day. So if you have a telescope handy, you may be able to catch…

Satellite snaps first-ever group shot of Earth and the moon's far side

For the first time, the Earth and the moon’s mysterious “far side” have been photographed together in a beautiful group shot. The scene was captured by Longjiang-2, a lunar micro-satellite developed by students at the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT)…

Dark side of the universe could be way more complicated than the light side

In “Star Wars” lore, there is a constant struggle between the dark side and the light side of the Force. Fans debate endlessly between which side is stronger. While such debates might seem futile, given that they pertain to a…

This new 3D map of our galaxy features 1.7 billion stars

A slice of the Milky Way, a barred spiral galaxy spanning some 200,000 light-years and home to our own solar system, has been captured in unparalleled detail thanks to the European Space Agency’s Gaia spacecraft. Released last April and eagerly…

The first image of a black hole is almost ready

At the center of our Milky Way galaxy, near the border of the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius, exists a supermassive black hole. Dubbed Sagittarius A* (Sgr A* for short), this all-consuming region of spacetime spans a distance of more than…