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Astronomers have struggled to understand how two giant planets orbiting so close to the star 55 Cancri could avoid a catastrophe, but a new study reveals that their masses and orbits are preventing the system from self-destructing anytime soon.
An international research team has discovered the first pair of supermassive black holes in orbit around one another in a quiescent galaxy.
Researchers have compiled the most comprehensive record of the distribution of sulfur isotopes on Mars.
Filled with nearly 5,000 pounds (2,300 kilograms) of crew supplies and cargo to support more than 150 scientific investigations, Dragon is scheduled to spend four weeks attached to the station.
LADEE lacked fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit or continue science operations and was intentionally sent into the lunar surface.
Scientists using NASA's Curiosity Mars rover are eyeing a rock layer surrounding the base of a small butte, called "Mount Remarkable," as a target for investigating with tools on the rover's robotic arm.
This not only proves the existence of worlds that might be similar to our own, but also will shape future investigations of exoplanets that could have terrestrial surface environments.
An image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope ranges from cosmic near neighbors to objects seen in the early years of the universe.
An image from the European Southern Observatory reveals a cloud of hydrogen called Gum 41, which is one small part of a bigger structure called the Lambda Centauri Nebula.
A new study describes how electrical energy naturally produced at the sea floor might have given rise to life.
The images show disturbances at the edge of the A ring — the outermost of the planet’s large bright rings.
Streamlined islands and narrow gorges were carved by fast-flowing water pounding through a small plateau region near the southeastern margin of the vast Vallis Marineris canyon system.
This result is important to our understanding of the behavior of matter under extreme conditions.
The new capability allows astronomers to use even more distant stars as yardsticks to refine distance measurements.
Astronomers have identified a supernova remnant that has swept up a remarkable amount of material and has a different shape in radio data compared to that in X-rays.
Although scientists say it’s impossible to confirm the world’s presence, the finding is a first step toward locating others.
Using a novel technique to reconstruct a cloud’s 3-D structure, astronomers can estimate how many new stars it is likely to form.
New analysis suggests that low-temperature surface waters introduced carbonates into the region.
The spots are likely due to cosmic-ray hits or sunlight glinting from rock surfaces.
Planetary nebula Abell 33 aligned with foreground star HD 83535 to resemble a diamond engagement ring.