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NASA’s TESS Space Telescope Has Spotted Its First Exoplanet

Say hello to Pi Mensae c—a small, Earth-like planet located nearly 60 light-years from our Solar System. It’s probably not able to sustain life, but it’ll go down in history as the first exoplanet detected by NASA’s new TESS satellite. Read More >>

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Astronomers Spot Unprecedented Glow Around Neutron Star, and Whatever It Is, It’s Important

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have glimpsed a neutron star unlike any seen before. Read More >>

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Where Are We in Space? Astronomers Update Their Celestial Frame of Reference

How do you know where anything is in space? Sure, you can say, “Oh, that star, it’s the one in the middle of the Big Dipper,” but that’s not very useful in an era of incredible telescopes peeping at galaxies billions of light-years away. On January 1, 2019, scientists will adopt the newest, internationally standardised frame of reference to help locate things in space. Read More >>

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The Colour-Changing, Hexagonal Vortex on Saturn Just Surprised Scientists Again

Sitting atop Saturn’s north pole is one of the Solar System’s most striking weather patterns: a rotating, colour-changing hexagon slightly wider than Earth. A new study shows there’s another hexagon directly on top of the first one — and that’s weird. Read More >>

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell Wins $3 Million Breakthrough Prize for Discovering Pulsars

Accomplished astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell has won a $3 million (£2.3 million) Special Breakthrough Prize for her discovery of pulsars 50 years ago and continued leadership in science. Read More >>

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Huge Patch of Universe is Strangely Opaque Despite Its Lack of Galaxies

The mere fact that we live in a universe boggles my mind every once in a while. But thankfully, our cosmic home is a place that follows rules; the laws of physics seem to agree everywhere, and galaxies are uniformly distributed throughout. Except for in this 300-million-light-year-long region, which seems to be missing something. Read More >>

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Astronomers Directly Detect Iron and Titanium on an Exoplanet for the First Time

Scientists directly observed the signal of iron and titanium atoms in the atmosphere of an exoplanet 600 light-years from Earth, a new paper reports. Read More >>

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Excavation Begins on a Truly Giant New Telescope

The bigger a telescope’s mirrors, the better resolution it has. Excavation has just begun on a new telescope that will be truly enormous, called the Giant Magellan Telescope. Read More >>

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This Exoplanet Is So Hot, It Apparently Tears Apart Water Molecules

There’s an exoplanet whose surface is so hot, it rips apart water molecules. It’s almost a star, but not quite; it’s an ultra-hot, Jupiter-like world located around 880 light-years from Earth. Read More >>

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Watch NASA Launch Its Sun-Skimming Parker Solar Probe

The Parker Solar Probe blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday, setting itself on course to become both the fastest human craft ever launched (in the neighbourhood of 430,000 miles per hour) and the first to probe the outer corona of the sun. Read More >>

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Why This Star-Packed Region of Space Is Likely Devoid of Life

Globular clusters are among the most fascinating celestial phenomena in the galaxy, packing a hideous amount of stars into a relatively tiny region of space. Given the sheer number and variety of stars within these clusters, it seems reasonable to think they’d also be packed with life. But as new research suggests, globular clusters are likely cosmic-scale wastelands. Read More >>

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Will You Be Able to See the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend?

One of the year’s most active meteor showers, the Perseids, will peak overnight Saturday into Sunday and Sunday into Monday, with 60 to 70 meteors per hour. But lots of Gizmodo readers live in cities. So, inspired by a friend’s tweet, I wondered – will city dwellers see the meteor shower? Read More >>

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Mysterious ‘Alien’ Radio Signal: Here’s What You Need to Know

You may have seen recent headlines about a strange radio signal picked up by a Canadian telescope. Some go as far as to say it was caused by all-caps ALIENS. Read More >>

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Planet or Star? Either Way, This Rogue Object Is Really Weird

Various news outlets have been discussing a strange object in space, which may or may not be a planet. New measurements show that what was thought to be a brown dwarf – essentially a “failed star” that is too small to generate nuclear fusion, but too big to be a planet – might be a planet after all. But that’s far from the strangest part of this story. Read More >>

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Comet Photobombs NASA’s New Planet-Hunting Satellite

During tests of NASA’s new Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a comet was seen streaking across the sky—a fortuitous event that showcased the power of this new planet-seeking telescope. Read More >>