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  • Readers Love Curious George. I Fell in Love with the Author’s Astronomy Books.

    H.A. Rey recreated star maps with wit, grace, and accuracy.

  • Planets Are Born from Dust Trap Rings

    All we are is dust in the wind, man. The same goes for the planets and asteroids and comets. Starting from our dusty beginnings, gravity and a mess of other forces conspired to build our solar system. There’s a venerable tradition of trying to figure out what that grand and hectic process must have looked […]

  • We Discovered a Rogues’ Gallery of Monster-Sized Gas Giants

    It doesn’t feel right to see a toddler walking down the street by themselves. Toddlers don’t just go rogue, and if they do they are quickly chased down by a parent or grandparent or teacher and brought back where they belong. Most planets are like toddlers: They follow a well-behaved orbit around a star. It […]

  • The Country Gentleman of Physics

    Julian Barbour’s ideas about time and the universe have always roamed free of academia.

  • Our Little Life Is Rounded with Possibility

    Science expressed only in terms of what happens is getting in the way of progress.

  • The Joy of Condensed Matter

    Hard times in fundamental physics got you down? Let’s talk excitons.

  • A Wrinkle in Nature Could Lead to Alien Life

    There may be more than one way to tune a universe for life.

  • Where Aliens Could Be Watching Us

    More than 1,700 stars could have seen Earth in the past 5,000 years.

  • If Aliens Exist, Here’s How We’ll Find Them

    Two esteemed astrophysicists peer into the future of space exploration.

  • NASA Is on the Cusp of a New Era

    A planetary scientist explains why SpaceX’s Starship will transform her field.