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A Dark Matter-less Galaxy, Explained (Maybe)

8 Dec 2020 at 9:24am

An international team of astronomers has explained the lack of dark matter in a distant dwarf galaxy — another galaxy stole it.

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A Banner Year for the Geminid Meteor Shower

7 Dec 2020 at 11:39am

With no Moon to brighten the night, this year's rich Geminid meteor shower should be one of the best ever. Find a spot away from city lights, dress warmly, and don't forget the hot chocolate.

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Hayabusa 2 Returns Sample of Asteroid Ryugu to Earth

7 Dec 2020 at 10:56am

The predawn operation to recover the Hayabusa 2 sample-return capsule in the Australian Outback was a success.

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Gaia Makes Most Accurate 3D Map of the Milky Way Yet

3 Dec 2020 at 12:39pm

Astronomers have released a new, extremely detailed three-dimensional census of our Milky Way galaxy.

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China's Chang'e 5 Collects Samples, Departs from the Moon

3 Dec 2020 at 11:26am

China's Chang’e-5 ascent vehicle has departed Oceanus Procellarum with pieces of lunar soil after a lightning-quick sample collection.

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The Decline of the Youngest Planetary Nebula

3 Dec 2020 at 9:22am

The youngest planetary nebula ever found is already fading, shedding light on its star's evolution.

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The Arecibo Telescope Has Collapsed [Video]

1 Dec 2020 at 1:25pm

The Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico has collapsed less than two weeks after officials announced it was too dangerous to attempt repairs.

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China Lands Ambitious Sample-Return Mission on the Moon

1 Dec 2020 at 10:30am

The aim of China's Chang'e 5 mission is to return samples of lunar soil to Earth by the end of 2020.

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December 2020: A Busy Month

1 Dec 2020 at 6:00am

Step outside after sunset this month to spot Jupiter and Saturn's dramatic pairing, 2020's best meteor shower, and more!

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The Eventual Fate of Our Solar System

30 Nov 2020 at 12:45pm

Have you ever wondered about the future of our solar system? Astronomers have predicted the effect of the Sun's expansion on its planets.

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