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Project Loon balloon reportedly hits the deck in Chile

Google says the balloon's descent was planned, but Chile's aviation authority is reportedly investigating the crash.

By April 25, 2016


Elusive red sprites captured in sky near Chile's Very Large Telescope

You might not have realized that sprites are real, but this new photo taken at the Paranal Observatory in Chile proves otherwise -- sort of.

By February 4, 2015


Deepest ever look into Orion Nebula reveals haunting secrets

The Orion Nebula holds some surprises for scientists as they peer into its heart and dream of hidden planets.

By July 14, 2016


Real planet with three suns is way weirder than Tatooine

Truth is stranger than fiction again. If you consider triple sunsets and century-long seasons strange, that is.

By July 7, 2016


A sack lunch for a black hole looks like a spectacular smorgasbord

Astronomers' observations of a distant black hole challenge the assumption that the mysterious voids prefer to dine exclusively on hot meals.

By June 9, 2016


Mortal Kombat beers should ease pain of those fatalities

The three varieties, including one that mixes vanilla beans and Southwest chiles, are named for fighters from the game.

By June 6, 2016


First dwarf star planets boost search for extraterrestrial life

Three planets are the first to be seen orbiting an ultracool dwarf star, and could be our best hope yet for finding extraterrestrial life.

By May 2, 2016


Astronomers score most detailed view yet of a dying star's dusty disc

The Very Large Telescope in Chile captures the best image to date of the disc of dust and gas that forms around a star in the final stages of its life.

By March 10, 2016


I spent 9 hours on a Boeing 787, in business class

Is it any easier to sleep in business class? Is the food way better? Is it really worth the extra money and miles to upgrade? Did I sit next to a model? Yes.

By January 23, 2016


Color-soaked Medusa Nebula glows gorgeously in new image

The Very Large Telescope in Chile provides what may be our best look ever at a stunningly beautiful nebula that defies its namesake.

By May 20, 2015