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Stories by Ken Croswell

Little Galaxy Keeps Churning Out Stars

The recently discovered small galaxy Leo P contains only about a hundred-thousandth as many stars as the Milky Way, but it's bucking the small galaxy trend by continuing to make new ones  

November 15, 2015 — Ken Croswell and Steve Mirsky

Alien Life Prefers Circles

Solar systems with many planets are more likely to feature the circular orbits that could foster intelligent life

March 1, 2015 — Ken Croswell

Half-Century Anniversary of a Mars Mishap

November 5th marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Mariner 3, America’s first mission to Mars, which was lost in space. Steve Mirsky reports

 

November 5, 2014 — Ken Croswell and Steve Mirsky

Neptune Visit Hits 25th Anniversary

On August 24th, 1989, the Voyager 2 spacecraft rendezvoused with Neptune, making it the farthest planet to pose for a close-up, a record it still holds today.    

 

August 24, 2014 — Ken Croswell and Steve Mirsky

Jellyfish Galaxies Get Guts Ripped Out

Recently discovered galaxies shaped like jellyfish leave a long trail of hot gas and dust, victims of even hotter gas from their surrounding cluster of galaxies

 

June 17, 2014 — Ken Croswell and Steve Mirsky

Meteor Storm Went from Sizzle to Fizzle

The May Camelopardalids meteor outburst turned out to be a dud, because meteor storm prediction is not a sure thing, unlike, for example, calculating the next eclipse

 

June 4, 2014 — Ken Croswell and Steve Mirsky

Pluto Bids to Get Back Planetary Status

Pluto has at least five moons and an atmosphere—and now a new analysis places its diameter as bigger than its outer solar system rival, Eris  

 

May 27, 2014 — Ken Croswell and Steve Mirsky