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Stories by Lee Billings

War in Space May Be Closer Than Ever

China, Russia and the U.S. are developing and testing controversial new capabilities to wage war in space despite their denial of such work

August 10, 2015 — Lee Billings

Inside the Race to Glimpse Alien Jupiters

Two rival teams of astronomers are racing to capture unprecedented images of giant planets around other stars. What they find could change the future of planet hunting

July 20, 2015 — Lee Billings

At Pluto, the End of a Beginning

Early this morning, if all has gone well, the first golden age of interplanetary exploration will have come to a close

July 14, 2015 — Lee Billings

Taking the Weight of an Alien World

Though hobbled by age, NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting telescope is proving to be an almost inexhaustible engine of discovery. The observatory found thousands of new worlds before an equipment malfunction in 2013 slowed its planetary torrent to a trickle, but clever researchers have managed to squeeze remarkable new findings out of its vast trove of archival data...

June 18, 2015 — Lee Billings

Frenzy-Feeding Black Hole Makes Galaxy Most Luminous

A galaxy 12.5 billion light-years away gives off the light of 300 trillion suns, because its feeding black hole produces enough heat to set the whole galaxy's dust glowing. Lee Billings reports  ...

June 4, 2015 — Lee Billings
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