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Earth-like planets are right next door
Using publicly available data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have found that six percent of red dwarf stars have habitable, Earth-sized planets. (2013-02-06)
New vista of Milky Way center unveiled
A dramatic new vista of the center of the Milky Way galaxy from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory exposes new levels of the complexity and intrigue in the Galactic center. (2009-09-22)
There's more star-stuff out there but it's not dark matter
More atomic hydrogen gas -- the ultimate fuel for stars -- is lurking in today's universe than we thought. (2012-05-30)
Cosmic forecast: Dark clouds will give way to sunshine
Lupus 4, a spider-shaped blob of gas and dust, blots out background stars like a dark cloud on a moonless night in this intriguing new image. (2014-09-03)
Hubble's 17th anniversary -- extreme star birth in the Carina Nebula
One of the largest panoramic images ever taken with Hubble's cameras has been released to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the launch and deployment of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. (2007-04-24)
Investigating star formation is UMass Amherst researcher's mission
University of Massachusetts Amherst astrophysicist Stella Offner, who has received a five-year, $429,000 faculty early career development (CAREER) grant from National Science Foundation (NSF), plans to use it not only to study how stars are born, but also to develop interactive online astronomy 'tours' to enhance K-12 science education in local schools. (2017-02-27)
The VLT unravels the nature of the fastest binary star
Observations with ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile and the Italian Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG) on the Canary Islands during the past two years have enabled an international group of astronomers to unravel the true nature of an exceptional binary stellar system. (2002-03-15)
Tatooine-like planet discovered
A planet with two suns may be a familiar sight to fans of the (2011-09-15)
$1.3 million NSF grant won by Rensselaer professor will establish historic US-China partnership
A $1.3 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to Heidi Newberg, associate professor of physics, creates a ground-breaking partnership between US scientists and the new Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope in China. (2010-06-02)
Most metal-poor star hints at universe's first supernovae
In a new study, researchers point out that the elemental abundance of the most iron-poor star can be explained by elements ejected from supernova explosions of the universe's first stars. (2014-09-24)
The Spitzer photo atlas of galactic 'train wrecks'
Five billion years from now, our Milky Way galaxy will collide with the Andromeda galaxy. (2011-05-25)
US and Scottish astronomers explain hot star disks
Astronomers have been puzzled for decades as to how the rings of hot gas surrounding certain types of star are formed. (2002-11-01)
Images reveal spectacular X-ray tails
Michigan State University astronomer Megan Donahue uses words such as (2010-01-22)
Glittering jewels of Messier 9
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced the so far most detailed image so far of Messier 9, a globular star cluster located close to the centre of the galaxy. (2012-03-16)
'Dark energy' dominates the universe
A Dartmouth researcher is building a case for a (2003-01-02)
Massive star cluster found in Milky Way
A massive cluster of red supergiants -- super-sized stars on the verge of exploding -- was recently discovered in the Milky Way by a group of astronomers using infrared technology to penetrate the thick dust that cloaks much of the galaxy. (2006-01-09)
Astronomers find new way to measure the pull of gravity at the surface of distant stars
Researchers have found a new way to measure the pull of gravity at the surface of a star. (2016-01-01)
Surprising new class of 'hypervelocity stars' discovered escaping the galaxy
An international team of astronomers has discovered a surprising new class of (2014-01-09)
Solved: One of the mysteries of globular clusters
A study shows that the most massive stars in the last stages of their lives are those which contaminate the interstellar medium with new chemical elements, giving rise to successive generations of stars in these 'astronomical fossils'. (2016-11-08)
Tiny meteorite grains help settle an astronomical debate
Tiny relics, a millionth of a meter small, are pointing to the first steps of dust formation in old and young stars and giving us a glimpse into the earliest stages of our solar system formation. (2004-09-02)
The birth of massive stars is accompanied by strong luminosity bursts
'How do massive stars form?' is one of the fundamental questions in modern astrophysics, because these massive stars govern the energy budget of their host galaxies. (2016-11-07)
Stellar pinwheels at our Galaxy's core
Astronomers have finally learned the identity of a mysterious (2006-08-18)
Meadow of dancing brittle stars shows evolution at work
Newly described fossil shows how brittle stars evolved in response to pressure from predators, and how an 'evolutionary hangover' managed to escape them. (2017-08-13)
Stars' spins reveal their ages
When you're a kid every birthday is cause for celebration, but as you get older they become a little less exciting. (2015-01-05)
Astronomers get rare peek at early stage of star formation
Astronomers are excited to get their first look at a clump of gas they think is about to start forming stars. (2012-03-14)
First of missing primitive stars discovered
Astronomers have discovered a relic from the early universe -- a star that may have been among the second generation of stars to form after the Big Bang. (2010-03-03)
Hubble finds multiple stellar 'baby booms' in a globular cluster
Analysis of Hubble observations of the massive globular cluster NGC 2808 provides evidence that it has three generations of stars that formed early in the cluster's life. (2007-05-02)
Cosmic dust that formed our planets traced to giant stars
Scientists have identified the origin of key stardust grains present in the dust cloud from which the planets in our solar system formed, a study suggests. (2017-01-30)
Solar salad, anyone?
An Arizona State University alumna has devised the largest catalog ever produced for stellar compositions. (2014-08-18)
More than a million stars are forming in a mysterious dusty gas cloud in a nearby galaxy
An extremely hot, dusty cloud of molecular gases is forming more than a million young stars in a tiny nearby galaxy, an international team of astronomers reports March 19 in the journal Nature. (2015-03-18)
Brown dwarfs are stellar embryos evicted by siblings, according to study
Brown dwarfs, essentially stunted stars, were most likely ejected from newborn, multiple-star systems before they had a chance to accumulate enough mass to ignite the hydrogen in their interiors and flower, according to a new University of Colorado at Boulder study. (2001-07-02)
Fledgling stars try to prevent their neighbors from birthing planets
Stars don't have to be massive to evaporate material from around nearby stars and affect their ability to form planets, a new study suggests. (2017-03-22)
Old star is 'missing link' in galactic evolution
A newly discovered star outside the Milky Way has yielded important clues about the evolution of our galaxy. (2010-03-03)
Unravelling a cosmic mystery - scientists discover the Universe's strongest magnetic field
Scientists from The University of Exeter and the International University have discovered what is thought to be the strongest magnetic field in the Universe. (2006-03-30)
168 New stars near the Orion region discovered by Yale, Venezuelan and Smithsonian scientists
A team of astronomers from Yale, Venezuela and the Smithsonian Institution have identified 168 young stars, about half the mass of the sun, in a region called the Orion star forming complex, which is 1,400 light years from Earth. (2001-01-03)
Magellanic gemstones in the southern sky
Hubble has captured the most detailed images to date of the open star clusters NGC 265 and NGC 290 in the Small Magellanic Cloud - two sparkling sets of gemstones in the southern sky. (2006-04-18)
Dung beetles follow the Milky Way
You might expect dung beetles to keep their (2013-01-24)
One planet, 2 stars: New research shows how circumbinary planets form
Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine would have formed far from its current location in the Star Wars universe, a new University of Bristol study into its real world counterparts, observed by the Kepler space telescope, suggests. (2014-01-31)
Kepler discovery establishes new class of planetary systems
Using data from NASA's Kepler Mission, astronomers announced the discovery of two new transiting (2012-01-11)
Hubble spotlight on irregular galaxy IC 3583
This delicate blue group of stars -- actually an irregular galaxy named IC 3583 -- sits some 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin). (2016-12-02)
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