Mount Sharp, Mars, Shaped by Water and Wind

Mount Sharp, Mars, Shaped by Water and Wind

Data and images from NASA’s Curiosity rover found evidence that wind played a key role in erosional processes on the red planet, despite the lower atmospheric volume. Plus, astrophysics and cosmology news, a baby exoplanet, and this week in space history, we look back at an uncrewed lunar mission from Japan.

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Wobbling Star Produces Fastest Nova Ever Discovered

Wobbling Star Produces Fastest Nova Ever Discovered

Observations of V1674 Hercules reveal a nova produced by the white dwarf star that dimmed in only one day. Additionally, the strange star wobbles every 501 seconds, producing flashes in visible and X-ray light. Plus, more results from the 240th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, a farewell to SOFIA, and What’s Up is the June solstice.

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Theory and Observation Combine to Update Galaxies and Stars

Theory and Observation Combine to Update Galaxies and Stars

Today, our view on the universe gets itself an update thanks to the combined efforts of theorists and observers. From a new understanding of how galaxies can lose their dark matter, to how white dwarfs can be resurrected into helium-burning stars, we have the weird, the wonderful, and in the case of a new lunar tracking system, we even have a touch of the mundane. Plus, this week in rocket history, we look back at STS-82 which serviced the Hubble Space Telescope.

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