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Overlooked No More: Beatrice Tinsley, Astronomer Who Saw the Course of the Universe

An insurgent who challenged the academic establishment and became a foremost expert on the aging of galaxies, she was eventually forced to choose between family and career.

79 Moons of Jupiter and Counting

By KENNETH CHANG

The latest survey of the region around the gas giant turned up a dozen new moons, including an oddball that was going in the wrong direction.

The Neutrino Trappers

By MAXIM BABENKO and DENNIS OVERBYE

Deep in a mountain in southern Russia, scientists are tracking one of the universe’s most elusive particles.

It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica

By DENNIS OVERBYE

For the first time, astronomers followed cosmic neutrinos into the fire-spitting heart of a supermassive blazar.

Bradford Smith, Who Showed Postcards From Outer Space, Dies at 86

By DENNIS OVERBYE

As head of the camera team for the Voyager mission, Dr. Smith was humanity’s tour guide to the solar system.

Trilobites: Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

By SHANNON HALL

During aphelion, our planet receives 7 percent less sunlight than in January, but changes in the planet’s orbit are not what causes our seasons.

Constance Adams, Architect of Space Habitats, Is Dead at 53

By RICHARD SANDOMIR

She gave up designing skyscrapers to develop structures that would help travelers live on the International Space Station, Mars or the moon.

Trilobites: An Alien Visitor Turns Out to Be a Comet

By DENNIS OVERBYE

First Oumuamua was an alien comet, then maybe a spaceship, then an asteroid, now it’s a comet from way, way beyond.

Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps Up on the Ryugu Asteroid

By KENNETH CHANG

After a journey that started in 2014, the probe will reach the space rock on Wednesday to begin studying it for clues to the solar system’s origins.

A Space Force? The Idea May Have Merit, Some Say

By HELENE COOPER

The Pentagon has been cool to the president’s order to create a sixth military branch. But some lawmakers and aerospace experts, citing threats from Russia and China, say a case could be made for one.

Summer Solstice 2018: 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.

Trump Orders Establishment of Space Force as Sixth Military Branch

By KATIE ROGERS

The idea has troubled lawmakers and even some members of the administration, who have cautioned that it could create unnecessary bureaucratic responsibilities for a military burdened by conflicts.

Trilobites: Black Hole Drags Star to Dusty Death

By DENNIS OVERBYE

Astronomers thought they saw an exploding star, but in fact it was a star having its guts ripped out by a black hole.

A Huge Dust Storm on Mars Is Threatening NASA’s Opportunity Rover

By NIRAJ CHOKSHI

The storm, which has blanketed a quarter of the planet, has plunged the rover into a “dark, perpetual night.”

Extremely Large, Extremely Expensive: The Race for the Next Giant Telescopes

By DENNIS OVERBYE

Even as astronomers await a verdict on construction of a huge telescope on Mauna Kea, they are still trying to figure out how to pay for the next stargazing Goliaths.

atmosphere: The Rich Are Planning to Leave This Wretched Planet

By SHEILA MARIKAR

Here comes private space travel — with cocktails, retro-futuristic Philippe Starck designs and Wi-Fi. Just $55 million a trip!

atmosphere: The Rich Are Planning to Leave This Wretched Planet

By SHEILA MARIKAR

Here comes private space travel — with cocktails, retro-futuristic Philippe Starck designs and Wi-Fi. Just $55 million a trip!

Life on Mars? Rover’s Latest Discovery Puts It β€˜On the Table’

By KENNETH CHANG

The identification of organic molecules in rocks on the red planet does not necessarily point to life there, past or present, but does indicate that some of the building blocks were present.

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