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Scientists Just Discovered 39 'Invisible' Galaxies

These ancient galaxies, known as H-dropouts, defy our current understanding of the early universe.
Becky Ferreira
8.7.19
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At Nine Billion Light Years, ‘Icarus’ Is the Most Distant Star Ever Observed

Thanks to gravitational lensing, astronomers can observe normal stars across colossal stretches of space and time.
Becky Ferreira
4.2.18
Space

NASA Is Stress-Testing Its Next Gigantic Kickass Space Telescope

Watch an astrophysicist's talk on the telescope from the Perimeter Institute.
Farnia Fekri
3.1.17
discoveries

There'd Better Be Some Goddamn Aliens in This Solar System Loaded With Earth-Sized Planets

A newly discovered seven-planet system is our “best bet” for finding life.
Bryson Masse
2.22.17
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The Universe Contains Ten Times As Many Galaxies As Previously Estimated

“It boggles the mind that over 90 percent of the galaxies in the universe have yet to be studied.”
Becky Ferreira
10.13.16
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Watch this Brief History of the Search for an Earthlike Exoplanet

A trip inside the “holy grail” of exoplanet research.
Becky Ferreira
7.20.16
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The Kepler Mission Has Found Another 1,284 Planets—The Biggest Haul Yet

Some of these planets could host life.
Kate Lunau
5.10.16
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The James Webb Space Telescope Will Follow In Hubble’s Footsteps in 2018

Some two decades in the making, the JWST will probe deep space for the earliest stars and galaxies formed in the universe.
Nicholas Deleon
12.17.15
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The 'Most Earthlike' Planets We've Found So Far Are Not Very Earthlike

The first two decades of exoplanet research yielded thousands of new worlds. The next two might reveal Earth twins, or even alien life.
Becky Ferreira
12.15.15
News

The First Stars May Have Been 100 Million Times Brighter Than the Sun

When the James Webb Space Telescope looks back in time, is this what it will see?
Becky Ferreira
4.23.15
Space

This Sunshield Will Keep the World's Most Powerful Space Telescope from Frying

With 1600 square feet per layer and an SPF of one million, the James Webb Space Telescope’s sunshield is the most badass component of an already badass space observatory.
Becky Ferreira
10.20.14
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A Way Out of the "So What?" Paradox of Hunting Alien Earths

A new paper points at white dwarf stars as our best hope at finding planets with oxygen.
Michael Byrne
1.28.13
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