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Most Earth-Like Worlds Are Unborn

Credit: ESA/NASA

An artist's impression of innumerable Earth-like planets that have yet to be born over the next trillion years in the evolving universe. Credit: ESA/NASA

Astronomers have peered behind the Milky Way and determined that 92% of habitable planets have not yet been born.

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A Milestone in Predicting Solar Flares

By Dave Reneke

A milestone in predicting solar flares, and the discovery of a global ocean on Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

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Pulsar Glitches Help to Weigh a Star

By Dave Reneke

Pulsar glitches help to weigh a star, and Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is shrinking.

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Regional Processes Led to Huge Martian Floods

By David Reneke

Regional processes led to huge Martian floods, and interstellar seeds could have created oases of life throughout the universe.

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A Village on the Moon

By Dave Reneke

The ESA wants to build a Moon base, and the search for ET scales up

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When Cosmic Giants Meet Galactic Dwarfs

By David Reneke

What happens when two different-sized galaxies collide?

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New “Puffy Planet” Found

By David Reneke

A “puffy planet” has been discovered, as well as fresh evidence that asteroids have delivered water to exoplanets.

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An Underground Ocean on Jupiter’s Largest Moon

By David Reneke

An underground ocean has been discovered on Jupiter’s largest moon.

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Galactic Dinosaurs Aren’t Extinct

By David Reneke

Astronomers have found that compact massive galaxies that roamed the early universe have been hiding in plain sight.

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Astronomers Locate Oldest Known Solar System

By David Reneke

At 11.2 billion years of age, Kepler-444 is the oldest star with Earth-like planets ever found.

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