Space & Cosmos

Venus Lacks Plate Tectonics. But It Has Something Much More Quirky.

Within the next decade or so, Venus will be visited by a fleet of spacecraft. This grand tour of the…

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How to Photograph the Moon

“A cold, calm night is best,” says Tim Easley, an illustrator in London who recently self-published a book of his…

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As Astronauts Dock, China Takes Up Long-Term Residence in Orbit

Three Chinese astronauts docked with the country’s still-under-construction space station on Thursday, beginning what their government expects will be a…

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Betelgeuse Merely Burped, Astronomers Conclude

Betelgeuse, to put it most politely, burped. In the autumn of 2019 the star, a red supergiant at the shoulder…

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Watch Live: China to Launch Astronauts to Space Station

There will soon be two places in orbit where astronauts live. On Thursday, three Chinese astronauts will lift off from…

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Russia, Once a Space Superpower, Turns to China for Missions

Luna 27 and Chang’e-6, for example, are planned to drill into the surface and return samples to Earth — a…

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Un accidente afortunado: el motor de Juno no encendió y eso mejoró su exploración de Júpiter

La fuerza de los campos magnéticos dentro de la Gran Mancha Azul está cambiando hasta en uno por ciento, cada…

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Mushballs and a Great Blue Spot: What Lies Beneath Jupiter’s Pretty Clouds

For something that was to have been done and thrown away three years ago, NASA’s Juno spacecraft has a busy…

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Venus Will Have a Fleet of Spacecraft as Europe Adds Orbiter Mission

“Some of those answers lie on Earth, but some of them lie on Venus,” Dr. Wilson said. EnVision will study…

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Where to Watch the Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse at Sunrise

If you’re far enough north, the sun will rise like the horns of a bull on the morning of Thursday,…

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