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Stories by 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

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
Hubble's Repairman Reflects on the Telescope's Legacy

Hubble's Repairman Reflects on the Telescope's Legacy

Twenty-five years ago, on April 24, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope soared into orbit. Since then, its great discoveries have been legion, and the story of how it became the most successful and productive astronomical observatory in human history is destined to become legendary...

April 24, 2015 — Lee Billings
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