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May 30, 2013

 

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope was designed to search for habitable exoplanets

To Seek Out Strange New Worlds: The Kepler Space Telescope

The Kepler space telescope has shown us that we live in a galaxy full of Earth-sized planets.

July 20, 2012

 

Exoplanet Hunters at La Silla, Chile

Scientists Are Discovering New Exoplanets Every Week

Did you know it seems we're discovering a new exoplanet every week?

May 2, 2012

 

stars moving around the pole

Why Do Stars Twinkle?

If you've ever glanced skyward, you've probably noticed the sheer numbers of stars. Some are tiny, barely visible points. Others radiate strong white light.

February 24, 2012

 

supernova in spiral

Get Ready For A New Type Of Supernova!

Supernovas explode with a bright burst of radiation, giving off as much energy in a few days as our sun will give off in its entire lifetime.

January 24, 2012

 

two people laying in the grass with their hands over their eyes

Night Vision And Humans: Why Can’t We See Color?

When we are in a fairly dark room, or outside at night away from lights, we can still see, but we can't see the colors of things very well. Why is that?

October 4, 2011

 

model planets in a museum

Why Pluto Is No Longer Considered A Planet : Rogue Planets

So, if the planet doesn't orbit a sun, can it still be called a planet?

January 27, 2011

 

The Oort Cloud

The Oort Cloud And Comets

Have you heard about the Oort Cloud?

December 6, 2010

 

Comet with a blue tint

Tycho Brahe: Comet Investigator

How can you tell how far away stars, planets, and comets are without modern instruments?

July 6, 2010

 

spitzer

Astronomers Discover Some Pretty Cool Stars

After the country's most star-spangled holiday, NASA adds a few more to the stellar catalog.

April 30, 2009

 

Cluster of stars in space

Overweight Stars

Astronomers have proposed two theories to explain the mysterious origin of blue stragglers.

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