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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.
Giant merger shines light on galactic evolution
Volunteers will power the search for warps in space
Astronomers detect record breaking gamma ray burst
Astronomers examine efficient star making factory
Space telescopes' new views of the Horsehead
Hawaii's new giant telescope wins approval
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Star's two waterworlds may be home to life
NASA scientists have discovered an alien solar system that they believe has two rocky planets that are completely submerged under water.
Herschel finds a dust belt surrounding a subgiant planetary system
ESA's Herchel has obtained the first images of a dust belt orbiting a subgiant star known to host a planetary system.
New NASA mission to probe celestial lighthouses
NICER will probe how well pulsars can be used as celestial navigation aids.
New planet-hunter gets go-ahead from NASA
NASA is to launch a new planet-seeking spacecraft called TESS that will seek out planets as small as rocky worlds like the Earth.
ISS experiment finds a hint of dark matter
A $2 billion experiment on the outside of the International Space Station may have found fresh clues to the existence of an invisible substance called dark matter.
NASA's Swift satellite examines Comet ISON
Astronomers have been examining Comet ISON using data from NASA's Swift Ultraviolet Optical telescope.
Closest new stars found for a century
A pair of brown dwarf stars that lie only 6.
A new class of supernova has been discovered
Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA)have discovered a third type of supernova
Exoplanet research draws public support
Exoplanet research provides opportunities for the public to participate in the work, and in some cases, to informally name planets.
Hubble dates oldest known star
Astronomers using Hubble have managed to more accurately age the oldest known star.
Third radiation belt surprises NASA scientists
Twin NASA probes launched last year to study the Earth's protective magnetic shield have surprised scientists by discovering a new radiation belt around our planet.
Giant planet 'caught in act of forming'
Astronomers believe that they have spotted for the first time a planet in the act of forming from a disc of dust and gas circling a nearby star.
Space Rocks – Comets, Asteroids, Meteorites and More
Virtualastro's guide to space rocks - comets, asteroids, meteoroids, meteors and meteorites
UK funding boost for world's biggest optical telescope
Plans to build a monster telescope that will become the world's largest optical instrument have been boosted by an £88 million funding pledge by the UK.
Kepler glitch suspends NASA's search for new planets
Planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has temporarily suspended operations due to an operating glitch
Sedna - eccentric outer world of the Solar System
Planetary scientists are trying to understand the nature of Sedna, a remote cousin of Pluto in the far Solar System.
One hundred billion planets across the Milky Way
Our Milky Way galaxy contains at least one hundred billion planets, a new scientific study reveals.
Sun heads for explosive peak in 2013
The Sun is expected to reach maximum in its activity cycle in the summer or autumn of 2013.
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