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Bringing Building Blocks of Life to Earth from Space

By David Reneke

New research supports the view that meteorites kickstarted life on Earth, and Australian astronomers have measured how a galaxy’s spin affects its shape.

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Giant Comets Could Endanger Life on Earth

By David Reneke

Giant comets could endanger life on Earth, and there is new evidence of water in the Moon’s interior.

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Solar Storm Blackouts Could Cost $40 BIllion Daily

Illustration of events on the Sun changing the conditions in near-Earth space. Credit: NASA

Illustration of events on the Sun changing the conditions in near-Earth space. Credit: NASA

By David Reneke

Solar storm blackouts could cost $40 billion daily, and volunteers spot an exploded star that pre-dates the dinosaurs.

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Mysterious Radio Bursts from Outer Space

By David Reneke

Fast radio bursts have been detected near Canberra, and now you can join the hunt for a ninth planet in our solar system.

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Census Finds Universe Has Ten Times More Galaxies

By David Reneke

The universe has ten times more galaxies than previously thought, and the Earth may have had more than one moon.

Astronomers using data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and other telescopes have performed an accurate census of the number of galaxies in the universe, and concluded that there are at least 10 times as many galaxies in the observable universe as previously thought. The results have clear implications for our understanding of galaxy formation, and also help solve an ancient astronomical paradox – why is the sky dark at night?

A Cool Theory about Galaxy Formation

By Dave Reneke

A surprising finding about galaxy formation, and the discovery of starspots on Proxima Centauri.

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Our Solar System Expands

By David Reneke

A new dwarf planet has been identified in our solar system, and a new theory suggests that life on Earth may have developed prematurely from a cosmic perspective.

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Astronomers Pinpoint How Milky Way Was Formed

By Dave Reneke

Astronomers have produced the clearest picture yet of how our galaxy formed more than 13.5 billion years ago.

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The Earth Had Two Moons

By Dave Rebeke

There’s evidence that the Earth once had two moons, while light pollution obscures the Milky Way from one-third of the population.

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