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Astronomy News

Triple signal of ‘alien megastructure’ star baffles astronomers

9 August 2016 - 9:27am

A new dimming signal makes the famous star even more challenging to explain, but astronomers aren’t claiming that it’s aliens… yet

Venus could have been habitable while life evolved on Earth

8 August 2016 - 9:11am

Turning back the clock on Venus with computer simulations suggests it might have once looked like early Earth and even been hospitable to life

Fleet of robots could hunt for life on icy moon Enceladus

4 August 2016 - 9:30am

NASA's Cassini orbiter is preparing for its death dive into Saturn, leaving behind questions about whether its watery moon is inhabited. Here's how we'll answer them

Gas halo flips galaxies from bright young things into has-beens

3 August 2016 - 9:09am

Deep inside every galaxy is a tug of war between its forming stars and its voracious black hole, and its gas and mass that can make the difference