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Fast radio bursts

Fast radio...

Jan 12 - An international group of astronomers has found that the Cornell-discovered fast radio burst FRB 121102 – a brief, gigantic pulse of radio waves from 3 billion light years away – passes through a veil of...   Read more ›

Saturn's moon Titan sports Earth-like features

Saturn's moon Titan sports Earth-like features

Cornell astronomers, Alex Hayes and Paul Corlies, have created a new global topographic map of Saturn’s moon Titan that has opened new windows into understanding its liquid flows and terrain.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update

Mars Exploration Rovers Update

Opportunity continued the historic winter science campaign inside Perseverance Valley and delivered the goods that confirmed an important discovery in November. [The Planetary Society, A.J.S. Rayl, 12/1/17; Image courtesy of NASA]

How a new era of astronomy will ride on gravitational waves

How a new era of astronomy will ride on gravitational waves

“This opens up a new window on the universe,” says Saul Teukolsky, a theoretical astrophysicist at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. “And each time a new window has opened up, we’ve made incredible discoveries.” -- CSMonito

Rotation of fast radio burst reveals origins of the cosmic blast

Rotation of fast radio burst reveals origins of the cosmic blast

FRB 121102, a fast radio burst discovered by Cornell astronomers.

The universe may be full of habitable worlds that have no sun

The universe may be full of habitable worlds that have no sun

A group led by Yu-Cian Hong (Cornell) recently ran simulations to test the relationship between newly forming planets and their moons.

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Fact of the Day

Fact #4: Fuel for Thought

The Sun burns 600 million tons of Hydrogen every second.