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  • Monsoons of methane on Titan
  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:00:00 GMT - Titan experiences torrential downpours of methane rain, which help shape the surface of the alien world.

  • Fire threatens Mount Wilson Observatory
  • Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:00:00 GMT - Firefighters are battling to keep the 30-acre blaze from reaching the observatory's historic equipment.

  • Astronomers Tally All the Gold in Our Galaxy
  • Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:00:00 GMT - Before “he went to Jared,” two neutron stars collided. That’s what scientists learned from studying the debris fallout after a cosmic explosion called a kilonova — 1,000 times brighter than a standard nova — which appeared, and was witnessed by astronomers, in earthly skies Aug. 17. For decades, astronomers debated the origins of the heaviest elements, which includes precious metals, rare Earth elements and basically everything on the bottom rungs of the periodic ta

  • Dawn of an Era: Astronomers Hear and See Cosmic Collision
  • Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:00:00 GMT - For hundreds of millions of years, two city-sized stars in a galaxy not-so-far away circled each other in a fatal dance. Their dimensions were diminutive, but each outweighed our sun. They were neutron stars — the collapsed cores left behind after giant stars explode into supernovas. Closer and closer they spun, shedding gravitational energy, until the stars traveled at nearly the speed of light, completing an orbit 100 times every second. By then, dinosaurs reigned on Earth, and the first

  • LIGO Detects a Neutron Star Merger
  • Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:00:00 GMT - New LIGO discovery is an astronomer’s dream come true.

  • Astronomy without light
  • Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:00:00 GMT - Gravitational waves let us see the invisible universe in new ways.

  • Ok, so what’s really going on with Tabby’s Star?
  • Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:00:00 GMT - There’s no shortage of ideas. Here are a few of the scenarios explored.

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