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Discoveries begin as ALMA officially opens
The official inauguration of ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, has been marked by discovery as well as ceremony.
New method to study the atmospheric pressure of exoplanets for signs of life
Habitable planets common around red dwarf stars
Fast-spinning galaxies beat the bulge
Snakes alive! How massive stars are born from cosmic seeds
Newly discovered black hole is fast and furious
Pulsar zaps incoming asteroids
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Astronomers discover fast-moving pulsar firing a record-breaking jet
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has seen a runaway pulsar escaping from a supernova remnant, while spewing out a jet that is the longest of any object in the Milky Way galaxy.
Hubble measures the clockwork motion of a galaxy
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope, have precisely measured the rotation rate of a galaxy based on the clock-like movement of its stars, for the first time.
New techniques will sharpen view for giant telescope
New advances in creating artificial stars with laser beams have been devised to help a world-beating new telescope to take perfect images of the sky.
NASA probe maps influence of Galaxy's magnetic field
A small NASA probe called IBEX is discovering the nature of interstellar space just beyond the Solar System including the influence of our own galaxy’s magnetic field.
Billion-star surveyor comes into focus
ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia is slowly being brought into focus, returning its first test images.
Kepler finds a planet with a wobble
NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered a planet that precesses wildly like a child's top, leading to rapid and erratic changes in seasons.
Instruments come together in milestone for JWST
The last of the four main instruments that will operate on the James Webb Space Telescope has now joined the others ready to be mounted on its structure.
Riddle as Gaia's atomic clock runs slow
ESA’s star-surveyor Gaia’s master clock was found to be 1.
New mission aims to find nearby Earth-like planets
Favourite candidate for Europe’s next medium-class space mission is a satellite called Plato that will look for planets like Earth orbiting Sun-like stars in their habitable zones.
Why planets like Tatooine really can have two suns
Planets like Luke Skywalker's Star Wars world Tatooine must have formed far from the twin stars that they orbit in order to exist, scientists have discovered.
NASA offers chance to discover new planetary systems
NASA has launched a crowdsourcing project called Disk Detective to discover embryonic planetary systems in data from the WISE space telescope.
Milky Way may have formed ‘inside-out’
Research suggests the Milky Way formed by expanding out from the centre, and reveals new insights into the way our Galaxy was assembled.
New supernova stuns astronomers
A new supernova has appeared in the galaxy Messier 82 (M82) At about 11.
Discovery of rare brown dwarf could help exoplanet research
Researchers using the W.
Planet discovered orbiting Sun's identical twin
Astronomers have discovered a planet that is circling a star almost identical to the Sun in one of the oldest known open star clusters in the sky.
Astronomers probe riddle of runaway stars
Astronomers are puzzled by a number of hypervelocity stars that are travelling so fast that they would be able to escape the Milky Way’s clutches
Pulsar in a unique triple system to test the nature of gravity
Astronomers have discovered a unique system of two white dwarf stars and a superdense neutron star, packed within a space smaller than Earth's orbit, that may provide a key for resolving the true nature of gravity.
X-ray vision at the centre of our galaxy
NASA's Swift spacecraft has given scientists a unique glimpse into the X-ray activity at the centre of the Milky Way
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