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Photographer Catches 'Boogie Man Nebula' Lurking Behind Light Pollution
The Boogie Man Nebula haunts the cosmos in this deep-space image by astrophotographer Jeff Johnson. Also known as Lynds' Dark Nebula (LDN) 1622, this dark cloud of interstellar dust and gas lies about 500 light-years away in the constellation of Orion. www.space.com/39645-boogie-...
Pac-Man' and 'Mario Kart': How to Understand Planet Formation
Author Elizabeth Tasker gives a lecture in New York City, using creative examples to illustrate how exoplanets are born, why some migrate and the reason Jupiter ate all of Mars' rocks. www.space.com/39702-pacman-...
So Long, Starman! Skywatchers Spot Falcon Heavy Leaving Earth's Orbit
Six hours after SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy yesterday (Feb. 6), unsuspecting skywatchers in the western U.S. caught a glimpse of the rocket's second stage firing up one last time as it blasted out of Earth's orbit and off into the solar system. www.space.com/39620-skywatc...
Behold the Mighty Quasar: The Science Behind These Galactic Lighthouses
We all know about powerful supernova blasts — but compared to quasars and their brighter cousins, blazars, they're peanuts. www.space.com/39580-behold-...
Shuttle Launch Director Tells Untold Story of Recovery in 'Bringing Columbia Home'
Michael Leinbach didn't want the book to be about him. A key leader in NASA's efforts to recover from the loss of shuttle Columbia on Feb. 1, 2003, Leinbach knew the story of the aftermath was bigger than him. www.space.com/39614-bringin...
Searching for Earth-Like Worlds Just Got Easier Thanks to This ESPRESSO Instrument
The search for Earth-like planets just got a major upgrade: The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile successfully integrated the light from all four of its 8.2-meter (27 feet) unit telescopes into a new instrument. www.space.com/39689-new-ins...
This New AI Program Could Speed Up the Search for Gravitational Waves
A new software program that uses artificial intelligence can help rapidly detect and analyze gravitational waves, or ripples in the cosmic fabric of space-time, a new study finds. www.space.com/39637-artific...
Potential End of Space Station Raises Concerns, Presents Opportunities
The White House's next budget request for NASA will likely include plans to end the agency’s operations of the International Space Station by the mid-2020s. www.space.com/39505-nasa-po...
International Space Station: Facts, History & Tracking
The ISS is the most complex scientific and technological endeavor ever undertaken. www.space.com/16748-interna...
NASA GOLD, 2 Satellites in Orbit After Ariane 5 Launch Anomaly (Update)
Two satellites, one carrying a NASA science instrument, are safely in orbit despite an anomaly with their Ariane 5 rocket during launch, Arianespace officials say. www.space.com/39494-nasa-go...