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A cosmic collision may be coming for our galaxy sooner than we thought

Large Magellanic Cloud

The Large Magellanic Cloud looks set to collide with our galaxyNASA By Leah Crane The Milky Way is facing a violent path towards normalcy. A new simulation predicts that our galaxy will collide with the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud in about 2.4 billion years, a smashup that will actually make …

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Trailblazing Hubble astronomer Nancy Roman dies at 93

Nancy Roman

Nancy Roman, a groundbreaking astronomer known as the “Mother of Hubble,” died on December 25 at the age of 93. As NASA’s first Chief of Astronomy, Roman oversaw the early planning and development of the Hubble Space Telescope (SN: 10/10/64, p. 231) as well as other space observatories and satellites. …

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These are the most-read Science News stories of 2018

wombat

More than 11 million people visited the Science News website this year. Check out this recap of the most-read stories of 2018, and the most popular stories published this year on each of our blogs. Top 10 stories 1. Male birth control pill passes a safety testMen who took a …

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NASA’s New Horizons Probe Prepares To Make History—Again

Way, way out at the cold, dark edges of the solar system—past the rocky inner planets, beyond the gas giants, a billion miles more remote than Pluto—drifts a tiny frozen world so mysterious, scientists still aren’t entirely sure if it’s one world or two. Astronomers call it Ultima Thule, an …

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2018 was a busy year in space

Parker Solar Probe illustration

Several new space probes got their starts in 2018, while some sang swan songs. Hello 1. TESS is on the lookout for planets There’s a new planet hunter in town. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, launched April 18 to search the nearest, brightest stars in the sky for …

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These 2018 findings could be big news — if they turn out to be true

ANITA experiment in Antarctica

Here’s our short list of discoveries reported in 2018 that could shake up science, if they hold up. Not so standard Dangling from a helium balloon high above Antarctica, the ANITA detector spied two odd signals that hint at the existence of new subatomic particles. Such extremely energetic particles, if …

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Asteroids Bennu and Ryugu look like spinning tops

asteroids bennu and ryugu

WASHINGTON — New up-close images of Bennu have confirmed that the asteroid is shaped like a spinning top. That look, characterized by a raised equatorial ridge, is shared by other similarly sized asteroids in the solar system including Ryugu, currently being explored by Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft (SN Online: 6/27/18). NASA’s …

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