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    The Moon Is Underrated

    New research hints at what makes Earth’s moon special.

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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.

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    A Wrinkle in Nature Could Lead to Alien Life

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