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Astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

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News

What happened to the GW170817 neutron stars after the merger?

Short-lived hypermassive neutron star could have been formed

Spectacular collision of two neutron stars observed for first time

LIGO–Virgo collaboration and dozens of telescopes see gravitational waves and gamma rays from stupendous event, triggering new era in "multi-messenger astronomy"

Black-hole growth accelerated by supersonic gas

Did early supermassive objects get a boost from the early universe?

Virgo bags its first gravitational waves

Third detector helps pinpoint astronomical sources as fourth black-hole merger is detected

In depth

Cassini’s grand finale

With the Cassini craft due to plunge into Saturn on 15 September, Joshua Colwell explains the scientific secrets it has revealed over the last 20 years

Spacecraft in extreme environments

Keith Cooper explores the challenges of designing instruments that can handle the toughest conditions in our solar system

Web life: Eclipse America

A blog from the American Astronomical Society about next month’s total solar eclipse in the US

Web life: Hogg's Research

A blog about the latest research and developments in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology