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Gravitational waves have let us see huge neutron stars colliding

We’ve taken the first pictures of neutron stars colliding 130 million light years away. The resulting gravitational waves may solve some big cosmic mysteries

A tech-destroying solar flare could hit Earth within 100 years

If the sun spews “superflares” as often as other stars, one could take down power systems, damage the ozone layer and destroy satellites in the next century

Distant dwarf planet near Pluto has a ring that no one expected

The tiny world Haumea has a ring, the most distant we’ve found in our solar system. This may mean rings encircle other far-off worlds in the solar system

It was always crazy to shoot for Mars before colonising the moon

Common sense is prevailing in human space exploration, and the moon is back as the place we need to colonise before a riskier trip to Mars, says Paul Marks

Giant black hole seen flickering on and off after galaxy snack

Active Galactic Nuclei occur when a black hole devours a cloud of gas and dust and shines really brightly. Now one has been seen doing it twice

Half the universe’s missing matter has just been finally found

About half the normal matter in our universe had never been observed – until now. Two teams have finally seen it by combining millions of faint images into one

Nanoflares in the sun’s plasma may cause its scalding atmosphere

Tiny explosions in the atmosphere may explain why the solar corona is a million degrees hotter than the sun’s surface

Lunar volcanoes and lava lakes gave the early moon an atmosphere

The same volcanic eruptions that made the dark patches we can see on the moon spewed out enough hot gas to create an atmosphere billions of years ago

The sun’s energy could speed up dark matter so we can detect it

If dark matter is made of ultra-light particles with very little energy, one way to find them is to catch them after they ricochet off the sun

The mysterious bright spots on Ceres may have a common origin

The dwarf planet Ceres is dappled with mysterious bright splotches. Their make-up varies with location, but they may all come from the same process

Science fiction picks sound wedding bells and other alarms

People are stronger together, according to the latest crop of novels by Maggie Shen King, M. T. Anderson and Dave Hutchinson

Rocket man: Willy Ley’s fervour helped put men on the moon

A biography of the “prophet of the space age” shows what rocketry owes to Willy Ley’s preaching through TV, radio and printed media, and even via toy firms

Elon Musk’s new plans for a moon base and a Mars mission by 2022

SpaceX aims to launch spaceships to Mars within five years with a new rocket design that could also be used on Earth to make rapid around-the-globe trips

Extreme gusts of space gas made early black holes enormous

Some of the earliest black holes in the universe are bigger than our current theories can explain, but gas left over from the big bang could be the solution

Snap decisions: Thomas Ruff’s show is, literally, off colour

A photographer once known for reimagining portraiture now gives astronomy a disconcerting makeover at London’s Whitechapel Gallery

Latest gravitational wave isn’t from neutron stars after all

Recent speculation about the latest gravitational wave experiments suggested they may have seen a neutron star merger, but it’s another black hole smashup

Watching Cassini’s last moments from inside NASA mission control

The Cassini team was at once somber and excited as they watched the spacecraft’s radio heartbeat flicker out. Mika McKinnon joined them to say goodbye

Brown dwarfs have strong magnetic fields just like real stars

Failed stars called brown dwarfs straddle the line between big planets and small stars. An observation of a magnetic field puts another tick in the star column

Final pictures from Cassini as probe smashes into Saturn

Say goodbye to humanity’s outpost at Saturn with a look at Cassini’s final images before it was swallowed by Saturn’s atmosphere

Cassini takes last look at the ring patterns made by mini moons

These unusual patterns in Saturn's rings give us clues to what happens when planets are born, and may help us understand how our solar system formed

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