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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]

Fuertes Observatory's 100th birthday

Fuertes Observatory's 100th birthday

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

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.” --

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]

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.” -- The Chri

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Fact of the Day

Fact #5: Cosmic Popcorn Anyone?

The Cosmic Microwave Background that we detect today started traveling towards us over 13 billion years ago.