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An infrared view of Uranus over two days in July 2004.

Uranus is hiding 13 invisible rings. These images captured their warm glow for the first time.

Astronomers measuring heat in Uranus's atmosphere stumbled upon its rings and measured their temperature for the first time: -320 degrees Fahrenheit.
An artist’s impression of a collision between a young Jupiter and a massive still-forming protoplanet in the early solar system.

Jupiter got hit by a planet 10 times the mass of Earth billions of years ago, and its core is still reeling, a new study suggests

A head-on collision explains why Jupiter's core is so much more diffuse than scientists expected. Jupiter likely absorbed the smaller planet.
A view of the Pan-STARRS observatory in Hawaii, which is short for "Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System."

These are the highest-paying jobs in Hawaii, which joined the Union 60 years ago today

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we found jobs with the highest average salaries in the Aloha State. Psychiatrists take the top spot.

Photos show why many native Hawaiians don’t want a giant telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea

The world's largest telescope could be built on sacred Hawaiian land, but activists and natives are protesting construction by blocking the roads.
This artist's concept depicts astronauts and human habitats on Mars.

NASA’s future missions will shoot for an icy moon of Saturn, photograph the Big Bang, and more. Here’s what’s coming in the next 10 ...

NASA intends to return to the moon, continue on to Mars, and look for life near Saturn and Jupiter within 10 years. Its other plans go even further.
A tardigrade, the 0.05-inch creature that's likely living on the moon right now.

The Israeli spacecraft that crashed on the moon spilled microscopic ‘water bears’ that can live in space

Beresheet spilled tardigrades, invisible tiny critters that are capable of living in extreme conditions ⁠— including space.
A photo illustration of a US astronaut planting an American flag on Mars.

‘We want our country to do it first’: A NASA executive says a US-China Mars mission is not in the cards

Some experts say a race to Mars would "be a waste of taxpayers' money" and that NASA and China should work together. But US law doesn't make it easy.
An artist's concept of the planet Kepler-452b (right), the first near-Earth-size world to be found in the habitable zone of a star that is similar to our sun. The planet is 60% larger than Earth (shown left for comparison).

There could be up to 10 billion warm and cozy Earth-like planets in our home galaxy, new research reveals

Thanks to the Kepler telescope, scientists have enough data to estimate how many sun-like stars have Earth-like planets that could hold liquid water.
When a star like our sun dies, it casts off its outer layers of gas, leaving only the hot core behind. A burned-out star, called a white dwarf, is the white dot in the center of this image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Dead planets can ‘broadcast’ for up to a billion years, and they could tell astronomers what will happen after our sun blows up

Finding dead planets' radio broadcasts can help scientists learn how the sun's death in 5 billion years will affect our solar system.
An artist's concept of a supermassive black hole surrounded by a swirling disk of material falling onto it.

The supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy suddenly lit up brighter than scientists had ever seen, and nobody knows why

Scientists think every galaxy has a supermassive black hole at its center, and ours just defied their statistical models.