For the Love of the Cosmos

On this Valentines Day, I'm examining the (not so) secret love lives of galaxies. And by love, I of course mean gravity (they do, after all, share one thing in common... I'll get to that later). LIKE GRAVITY, LOVE BRINGS US TOGETHER Two galaxies, NGC 5257 and NGC 5258, interact…

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Life and Death by Cosmos

We're alive because the cosmos exists. We exist today in 2017 because the universe has existed for 13.8 billion years. From the big bang, to the early formation of galaxies, to quasars, to supermassive stars, to stars like our Sun. All of that needed to happen just so that…

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Meet Proxima b, the Closest Exoplanet to Earth

Two weeks ago, Earth was introduced to a previously unknown distant relative: Proxima b, an exoplanet in orbit around the closest star to our own Solar System, Proxima Centauri, 4.243 light years away. That's just over 40 trillion kilometers. That's over 2,000 times further away than the most…

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