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Yesterday β€” July 11th 2020NYT Space
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Beyond the Milky Way, a Galactic Wall

By Dennis Overbye

Astronomers have discovered a vast assemblage of galaxies hidden behind our own, in the “zone of avoidance.”

A Black Hole’s Lunch Provides a Treat for Astronomers

By Dennis Overbye

Scientists have discovered the heaviest known neutron star, or maybe the lightest known black hole: “Either way it breaks a record.”

Small Worlds With Lava Oceans Might Have Given Us Meteorites

By Jonathan O’Callaghan

Researchers propose a new model to explain the formation of most of the meteorites that make it to Earth.

Summer Solstice 2020 and the Search for Life in the Galaxy

By Shannon Hall

As you mark the longest day of the year, consider the debate among astronomers over whether Earth’s tilt toward the sun helps make life on our world and others possible.

China Reports Progress in Ultra-Secure Satellite Transmission

By William J. Broad

Researchers enlisted quantum physics to send a “secret key” for encrypting and decrypting messages between two stations 700 miles apart.

Oumuamua: Neither Comet nor Asteroid, but a Cosmic Iceberg

By Dennis Overbye

A new study suggests the interloper may have arisen in an interstellar cloud, where stars are sometimes born.

Create Your Own Night Sky

By Michelle Dowd

There are about a septillion stars in the observable universe. You can bring a fraction into your home — which is more than enough.

NASA Picks Astrobotic to Carry VIPER Ice-Hunting Moon Rover

By Kenneth Chang

Astrobotic, a Pittsburgh company, won a $199.5 million contract to transport NASA’s VIPER rover to the lunar surface.

Watch This Black Hole Blow Bubbles

By Dennis Overbye

A black hole was seen shooting electrified gas and energy into space. Each blob contained about 400 million billion pounds of matter.

Trump Hopes for His Own Booster Shot From SpaceX Rocket Launch

By Peter Baker

The president, beleaguered by a pandemic, economic troubles and racial unrest, viewed the liftoff as a welcome moment of triumph that he celebrated with a campaign rally-style speech.