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In the stellar delivery room

Molecular clouds in the whirlpool galaxy appear to be embedded in fog, whose pressure is crucial in determining the birth of suns

A multi-year study of the Whirlpool galaxy (M51) has changed our understanding of giant molecular clouds, in which stars…

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Massive Galaxy Cluster Verifies Predictions of Cosmological Theory

First Detection of the Kinetic SZ Effect in an Individual Galaxy Cluster

By observing a high-speed component of a massive galaxy cluster, Caltech/JPL scientists and collaborators have detected …

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High-energy gamma ray burst could re-shape astrophysics theories, Stanford scientists say

Stanford physicists played a key role in monitoring and analyzing the brightest gamma ray burst ever measured, and suggest that its never-before-seen features could call for a rewrite of current theories.

This past April, an incredibly bright flash of light burst from near the constellation Leo. Originating billions of ligh…

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A New View of the Hot and Energetic Universe

ESA selects the science theme for its next large mission

The mission is expected to be launched in 2028, with the power to address some of the most fundamental questions in mode…

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Astronomers solve temperature mystery of planetary atmospheres

An atmospheric peculiarity the Earth shares with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune is likely common to billions of pla…

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Fledgling supernova remnant reveals neutron star's secrets

With the help of NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Australia Telescope Compact Array, an international team of as…

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Young stars dance in supernova's wake

The youngest pair of stars to emerge from a supernova, dancing around each other as the neutron star cannibalises its pa…

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Extreme black hole is more luminous than astronomers thought possible

For decades, astronomers have puzzled over an odd source of X-ray light in an arm of the Pinwheel Galaxy, just off the h…

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Figures of Eight and Peanut Shells: How Stars Move at the Center of the Galaxy

Two months ago astronomers created a new 3D map of stars at the centre of our Galaxy, showing more clearly than ever the…

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MicroObservatory Catches Comet ISON

Hopes are high for Comet ISON, which has the potential to become the most spectacular comet seen in years. ISON is speed…

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Watching the Milky Way grow up

Humans take the starry night for granted. But Earth’s night sky hasn’t always sparkled: In the distant past, during the …

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'Freakish' asteroid discovered, resembles rotating lawn sprinkler

The find, reported online in the Nov. 7 issue of the Astrophysical Journal Letters, has left them scratching their heads…

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Stanford physicists monitoring huge solar event

The sun's magnetic field is poised to reverse its polarity. The effects of the event, which occurs every 11 years, will ripple throughout the solar system and be closely monitored by Stanford solar physicists.

The sun's magnetic field is poised to reverse its polarity. The effects of the event, which occurs every 11 years, will …

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SRI International and TowerJazz Deliver First SoloHI CMOS Imagers to the Naval Research Laboratory for Solar Orbiter Mission

Imagers Integral to Studying Sun at Distance Closer than Previous Missions

With its large field of view, SoloHI will make high-resolution images of the corona and solar wind and be able to connec…

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Researchers discover that an exoplanet is Earth-like in mass and size

While too hot to support life, Kepler 78b is roughly the size of the Earth.

The team has found that Kepler 78b shares another characteristic with Earth: its mass. By analyzing the movement of its …

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Could a Milky Way Supernova Be Visible from Earth in Next 50 Years?

Advances in cameras, new strategies for detection make it possible

Astronomers at The Ohio State University have calculated the odds that, sometime during the next 50 years, a supernova o…

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Stanford researchers show how universe's violent youth seeded cosmos with iron

By detecting an even distribution of iron throughout a massive galaxy cluster, astrophysicists can tell the 10-billion-year-old story of how exploding stars and black holes sowed the early cosmos with heavy elements

By detecting an even distribution of iron throughout a massive galaxy cluster, astrophysicists can tell the 10-billion-y…

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Alma gives astronomers a unique glimpse of a black hole’s eating habits

A team led by astronomers from Chalmers and Onsala Space Observatory have used the powerful telescope Alma to catch an u…

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"Red Nugget" Galaxies Were Hiding in Plain Sight

In 2005 the Hubble Space Telescope spotted unusually small galaxies densely packed with red stars in the distant, young …

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Diamond 'Super-Earth' May Not be Quite as Precious, UA Graduate Student Finds

An alien world reported to be the first known planet to consist largely of diamond appears less likely to be of such precious nature, according to a new analysis led by UA graduate student Johanna Teske.

A planet 40 light years from our solar system, believed to be the first-ever discovered planet to consist largely of dia…

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