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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 ›

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.

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.

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

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]

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.

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Fact of the Day

Fact #9: Another Horoscope

The constellation Ophiuchus passes through the ecliptic, making it the "13th sign" of the zodiac.