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New Supernova Discovery Explains Landmark Neutron Star Collision New Supernova Discovery Explains Landmark Neutron Star Collision

August 17, 2017 heralded one of the most important observations in astronomy’s history: two neutron stars colliding, sending both light and gravitational waves toward the Earth. But it left one question wide open: how two of these stellar corpses could have ended up orbiting each other in the first place.

Astronomers Wonder: Can Moons Have Moons? Astronomers Wonder: Can Moons Have Moons?

Inquisitive kids ask some questions that parents just can’t answer. Astronomer Juna Kollmeier’s son gave her a real stumper one night back in 2014:

Discovery of 'Goblin' Solar System Object Bolsters the Case for Planet Nine Discovery of 'Goblin' Solar System Object Bolsters the Case for Planet Nine

Astronomers have discovered an object, dubbed “the Goblin,” in the outer reaches of the Solar System. The dwarf planet never gets any closer to the Sun than 6 billion miles, but experts say its orbital configuration points to the existence of a much larger, more distant planet —the elusive Planet Nine.

New Particle Could Explain 'Unusual' Antarctic Weather Balloon Detection New Particle Could Explain 'Unusual' Antarctic Weather Balloon Detection

An enormous weather balloon in Antarctica spotted what looked like a high-energy particle from outer space striking the ice back in 2006. Except the particle didn’t hit from above—it somehow traveled all the way through the planet. Eight years later, it happened again.

New Observation Smashes Long-Held Belief About Neutron Stars New Observation Smashes Long-Held Belief About Neutron Stars

Scientists disproved a widely accepted idea about neutron stars with a recent observation of a high-energy particle jet.

Astronomers Spot a Black Hole Sucking Up an Earth-Size Clump of Matter Astronomers Spot a Black Hole Sucking Up an Earth-Size Clump of Matter

You might think of black holes as enormous vacuum cleaners, sucking in all the matter and light that ventures too close. But confusingly, scientists normally see stuff leaving the area around a black hole, via jets of matter and light from ripped-apart dust. It’s rare to see matter get devoured.

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

Hubble Captures Image of a Truly Warped 'Dragon'  Hubble Captures Image of a Truly Warped 'Dragon' 

An ambitious use of the Hubble Space Telescope hopes to map some of the biggest, brightest, and furthest galaxies to understand the structure of our universe. Above is a picture from that survey, featuring a strange, warped feature called the Dragon.

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

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

Apparent Faster-Than-Light Motion Helps Solve Mystery of Colliding Neutron Stars Apparent Faster-Than-Light Motion Helps Solve Mystery of Colliding Neutron Stars

Last year brought a monumental observation of the cosmos: the light and simultaneous gravitational waves from a pair of colliding neutron stars over 130 million light-years from Earth. But mysteries about this event remained—like why the radiation it emitted as x-rays and radio waves gradually brightened for half a…

Black Holes Might Temporarily Bring Dead Stars Back to Life Black Holes Might Temporarily Bring Dead Stars Back to Life

What happens when a dead star meets a black hole? The answer appears to be a brief zombie awakening, according to a new paper. Let me explain.

Ancient ‘Monster Galaxy’ Is Forming Stars a Thousand Times Faster Than the Milky Way Ancient ‘Monster Galaxy’ Is Forming Stars a Thousand Times Faster Than the Milky Way

Chile’s Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has observed a galaxy that looks nothing like what researchers expected. It’s forming stars at an absolutely incredible rate.

Huge Patch of Universe Is Strangely Opaque Despite Its Lack of Galaxies 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…

The Universe's Oldest Galaxies Could Be Right in the Milky Way's Backyard The Universe's Oldest Galaxies Could Be Right in the Milky Way's Backyard

The Universe’s earliest epochs appear to be written into the small dwarf galaxies orbiting our own galactic home, the Milky Way.

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

Facebook Got Mad at Us, Samsung Note 9, and Ajit Pai: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Facebook Got Mad at Us, Samsung Note 9, and Ajit Pai: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

First, the bad news: Sunday is the anniversary of the disastrous white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that culminated in a neo-Nazi car attack that killed local woman Heather Heyer and wounded scores of others, as well as resulted in the deaths of two police officers. The organizer of…

Watch NASA Launch Its Sun-Skimming Parker Solar Probe 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 neighborhood of 430,000 miles per hour) and the first to probe the outer corona of the sun.

Mysterious 'Alien' Radio Signal: Here's What You Need to Know 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. 

Report: NASA Needs to Get Moving on Its Plan to Snatch Some Mars Dust Report: NASA Needs to Get Moving on Its Plan to Snatch Some Mars Dust

NASA doesn’t just randomly decide what telescopes and satellites to shoot into space and what planet to study next. Instead, a committee of outside scientists drafts a set of goals and recommendations in what’s called a decadal survey. And though it notes some financial setbacks, a midterm review of the last decadal…

This 'Born-Again' Nebula Appears to Be Inside Out This 'Born-Again' Nebula Appears to Be Inside Out

When some stars get old, they eject gas and dust, forming a cloud of electrically charged material in space called a planetary nebula. These nebulae all tend to have the same layered structure, but a team of scientists recently spotted a kind of planetary nebula that looks to be inside out.

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