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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 ›

Search for life among the stars

Search for life among the stars

Astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger speaks about the search for faraway worlds and signatures of life.

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity continues to make discoveries on Mars

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity continues to make discoveries on Mars

Perseverance Valley holds rocks carved by sand blowing uphill from the crater floor, and wind might also be the key in sorting larger particles into rows parallel to the slope.

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.

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 #3: Traveling Time

Traveling at the speed of light it would still take you over 4 years to reach the Sun’s nearest neighbour star.