Space and Astronomy

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    Pluto and the bright feature informally called its “heart.”
    CreditNASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

    Is Pluto a Planet? What’s a Planet, Anyway?

    More than 15 years after Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet, the debate, even among scientists, continues.

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    CreditJustin Lane/EPA, via Shutterstock

    Sync your calendar with the solar system

    Never miss an eclipse, a meteor shower, a rocket launch or any other astronomical and space event that's out of this world.

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Mars Missions

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Out There

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    A composite image of the Jupiter system taken by the James Webb Space Telescope’s NIRCam using two filters, F212N (orange) and F335M (cyan).
    CreditNASA, ESA, CSA, Jupiter ERS Team; image processing by Ricardo Hueso and Judy Schmidt

    How the Webb Telescope Expanded My Universe

    As new images of Jupiter and a galactic survey spring forth from NASA’s new observatory, our cosmic affairs correspondent confesses he didn’t anticipate their power.

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    The first direct image of Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
    CreditEvent Horizon Telescope Collaboration/National Science Foundation

    The Milky Way’s Black Hole Comes to Light

    The Event Horizon Telescope has once again caught sight of the “unseeable.”

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