The 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society brought more than 3,500 scientists to Honolulu, Hawaii to unveil the latest discoveries in space and the future of astronomy.
Private rocket company SpaceX is a leader among the new space push to send humans to orbit on commercial craft.
Pluto, originally considered the ninth planet, was recently classified as a dwarf planet and is the least massive planet in the solar system.
Scientists speculate that ours might not be the only universe out there — we might instead live in a "multiverse".
UFOs, or Unidentified Flying Objects, and extraterrestrials are perennial favorites in science fiction, but to date there have been no confirmed encounters on Earth.
NASA is the federal space agency run by the United States to oversee American space exploration, research and technology.
Meteors, also known as shooting stars, are pieces of dust and debris from space that burn up in Earth's atmosphere, where they can create a bright streak across the night sky.
Gravitational waves are ripples in space-time created by the interaction of massive objects in space, such as black holes and neutron stars.
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