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Breakthrough Prize

Breakthrough...

Dec 6 - Rachel Bean, professor of astronomy and senior associate dean of undergraduate education for the College of Arts and Sciences, is among a team of 27 scientists who won a share of the $3 million 2018 Breakthrough Prize in...   Read more ›

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]

Research Spotlight

Research Spotlight

Radwan Tajeddine, a research associate in astronomy and lead author of the new research “What Confines the Rings of Saturn?”, concludes that the teamwork of seven moons keep Saturn's A ring corralled.

Is there a terrestrial analogue for Titan?

Is there a terrestrial analogue for Titan?

Titan's north polar region contains liquid hydrocarbon lakes. These lakes might be the ideal place for life to thrive on the frozen moon, but can we study these environments here on Earth? [Image courtesy of NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory/USGS]

Back to Saturn? Five Missions Proposed to Follow Cassini

Back to Saturn? Five Missions Proposed to Follow Cassini

“Cassini gave us a big pointer to where we need to go to look for life,” Dr. Jonathan Lunine said. “If we are interested in trying to find life beyond the Earth, that’s the place we need to go, and we know how to do it.” --

Fuertes Observatory's 100th birthday

Fuertes Observatory's 100th birthday

On Nov. 17, the Cornell Astronomical Society and Department of Astronomy celebrated Fuertes' centennial.

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Fact of the Day

Fact #10: Not Your Everyday Black Hole

There is a black hole millions of times the mass of the Sun at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.