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First year anniversary collection

In January 2017, we published the first issue of Nature Astronomy, a new journal for the astronomy, astrophysics and planetary science communities. Nature Astronomy was launched with the aim of bridging these communities, publishing significant and novel results, while also offering a platform for community-focused pieces, comments, perspectives and reviews. During our first year, we published papers covering a diverse array of topics ranging from the Sun, planets of our Solar system, exoplanets, stars, galaxies, black holes, cosmology, instrumentation and everything in between.  In this Collection, we showcase some of this content, divided into four broad categories according to topic. We look forward to another exciting year ahead of us.

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From planets to our Galaxy

  • Nature Astronomy | Letter

    Bright deposits, at least one of which is made up of water ice, are detected in the permanent shadows of 10 craters in the northern polar area of the dwarf planet Ceres. This means that Ceres traps water ice at high latitudes, like the Moon and Mercury.

    • T. Platz
    • , A. Nathues
    • , N. Schorghofer
    • , F. Preusker
    • , E. Mazarico
    • , S. E. Schröder
    • , S. Byrne
    • , T. Kneissl
    • , N. Schmedemann
    • , J.-P. Combe
    • , M. Schäfer
    • , G. S. Thangjam
    • , M. Hoffmann
    • , P. Gutierrez-Marques
    • , M. E. Landis
    • , W. Dietrich
    • , J. Ripken
    • , K.-D. Matz
    •  &  C. T. Russell
  • Nature Astronomy | Review Article

    The New Horizons spacecraft performed a flyby of Pluto and its system in July 2015, providing more than 50 Gb of high-resolution images and data that transformed our view and understanding of the dwarf planet. This Review summarizes its main discoveries.

    • Catherine B. Olkin
    • , Kimberly Ennico
    •  &  John Spencer
  • Nature Astronomy | News & Views

    Images from ESA's Rosetta mission show, in real time, the processes that sculpt the surface of a comet, which is revealed to have a pristine icy interior surrounded by an evolved surface.

    • Marco Delbo
  • Nature Astronomy | News & Views

    The Sun is a magnetically active rotating star. Simultaneous observations with the STEREO and SDO space missions reveal solar analogues of planetary Rossby waves that will help forecast space weather.

    • Stéphane Mathis
  • Nature Astronomy | Article

    A previously unidentified class of variable stars has been found in OGLE survey data, characterized by periodic brightness variations on ~30-min timescales, amplitudes of ~0.3 mag and temperatures of ~30,000 K. They are potentially evolved low-mass stars.

    • Paweł Pietrukowicz
    • , Wojciech A. Dziembowski
    • , Marilyn Latour
    • , Rodolfo Angeloni
    • , Radosław Poleski
    • , Francesco di Mille
    • , Igor Soszyński
    • , Andrzej Udalski
    • , Michał K. Szymański
    • , Łukasz Wyrzykowski
    • , Szymon Kozłowski
    • , Jan Skowron
    • , Dorota Skowron
    • , Przemek Mróz
    • , Michał Pawlak
    •  &  Krzysztof Ulaczyk
  • Nature Astronomy | News & Views

    The first extraterrestrial detections of a member of the organohalogen family of molecules have been made towards comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko and low-mass protostar IRAS 16293-2422. Chloromethane, considered to be a biomarker, can form efficiently abiotically.

    • Marcelino Agúndez

Beyond the Milky Way

  • Nature Astronomy | News & Views

    The motion of the Local Group is due to the gravitational pull of nearby concentrations of galaxies and clusters — superclusters — but the push from a giant underdense region may be just as important.

    • Michael J. Hudson
  • Nature Astronomy | Letter

    The detection and characterization of a large-scale ordered magnetic field through a gravitational lens in a galaxy beyond the local volume allows us to elucidate how such magnetic fields come about, supporting a mean-field dynamo origin.

    • S. A. Mao
    • , C. Carilli
    • , B. M. Gaensler
    • , O. Wucknitz
    • , C. Keeton
    • , A. Basu
    • , R. Beck
    • , P. P. Kronberg
    •  &  E. Zweibel
  • Nature Astronomy | News & Views

    The detection of a tailed radio galaxy in a galaxy cluster conjoined to a region of diffuse radio emission confirms that radio galaxies provide the energetic electrons needed to explain the origin of this enigmatic emission.

    • Melanie Johnston-Hollitt
  • Nature Astronomy | Perspective

    The detection of gravitational waves is the culmination of many decades of persistent theoretical, observational and engineering work. While heralded as surprising, that the first detected wavescame from binary black holes was indeed theoretically expected.

    • Vicky Kalogera
  • Nature Astronomy | Review Article

    The acceptance of dark matter came slowly despite its abundance. Jaco de Swart and colleagues reconstruct the history of how dark matter brought astronomers to cosmology in their Review Article, which is part of the Insight on dark matter.

    • J. G. de Swart
    • , G. Bertone
    •  &  J. van Dongen
  • Nature Astronomy | Perspective

    From the first hints of unseen matter in the Universe to the present body of evidence for dark matter, James Peebles outlines the significant developments in observation and theory in the 1970s in this Insight Perspective.

    • P. J. E. Peebles


  • Nature Astronomy | Comment

    Scientists are comfortable in their own communities but other groups working on similar phenomena at different length scales could provide unexpected insights. Collaborations are more likely to uncover common underlying principles.

    • Abraham Loeb
    •  &  Nia Imara
  • Nature Astronomy | Comment

    We all harbour subconscious expectations about people based on their apparent membership of groups, such as gender, ethnicity or age. Research shows that these expectations can lead us to undervalue some people's contributions, inhibiting their success and thus negatively impacting our entire field.

    • Patricia Knezek
  • Nature Astronomy | Comment

    Through involvement in CHIME, ALMA, the Jansky VLA and the Murchison Widefield Array, Canada is well placed in current radio astronomy facilities and the future looks even brighter, with strategic interest in the SKA and the Next Generation VLA.

    • Bryan M. Gaensler

Mission Control

  • Nature Astronomy | Mission Control

    Following the completion of the largest single-dish radio telescope ever built, the real work may now begin, explain Rendong Nan and Haiyan Zhang.

    • Rendong Nan
    •  &  Haiyan Zhang
  • Nature Astronomy | Mission Control

    Using a radio telescope with no moving parts, the dark energy speeding up the expansion of the Universe can be probed in unprecedented detail, says Keith Vanderlinde, on behalf of the CHIME collaboration.

    • Keith Vanderlinde
  • Nature Astronomy | Mission Control

    From near-Earth asteroids to superluminous supernovae and gravitational wave counterparts, the Zwicky Transient Facility will soon scan for transient phenomena, explain Eric Bellm and Shrinivas Kulkarni.

    • Eric Bellm
    •  &  Shrinivas Kulkarni
  • Nature Astronomy | Mission Control

    It's not often that an astronomical object gets its own dedicated observatory, but as the planet Beta Pictoris b moves in front of its host star, its every move will be watched by bRing, eager to discover more about the planet's Hill sphere, explains Matthew Kenworthy.

    • Matthew Kenworthy
  • Nature Astronomy | Mission Control

    Woken from the deep sleep of a hibernated spacecraft, NEOWISE now monitors the population of near-Earth objects for science and Earth protection purposes, explains Principal Investigator Amy Mainzer.

    • Amy Mainzer
  • Nature Astronomy | Mission Control

    ALMA's Band 1 receivers will open up the 7 mm window to the 66 antennas on Chajnantor Plateau. Oscar Morata and Ted Huang relate the expected delivery schedule and science goals for these instruments.

    • Oscar Morata
    •  &  Ted Huang