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Planet found in nearest star system to Earth
A planet with a mass similar to Earth has been detected in our nearest star system, Alpha Centauri.
Magnetic storms may explain planet-forming disk mystery
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
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715 new worlds discovered
NASA has verified the existence of 715 new planets in multi-planet solar systems, orbiting 305 stars.
Water vapour found in hot Jupiter's atmosphere
Astronomers have found water vapour in the atmosphere of a "hot Jupiter" 51 light-years from Earth.
Pulsar zaps incoming asteroids
Scientists using CSIRO's Parkes telescope have found evidence that a tiny star called PSR J0738-4042 is being pounded by asteroids.
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.
NuSTAR untangles mystery of supernova explosions
NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is finally untangling one of the biggest mysteries in astronomy, how stars blow up in supernova explosions
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.
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.
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.
Brown dwarf weather map will teach us more about exoplanet atmospheres
The first-ever "weather map" of a brown dwarf or failed star will lead to a better understanding of exoplanet temperatures and atmospheres, astronomers say.
James Webb Space Telescope passes major design review
The James Webb Space Telescope successfully passed the last major critical design review of the program, which is a major milestone before its 2018 launch.
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.
Astronomers discover distant building site of giant planetary system
A team of Japanese astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found evidence of a giant planetary system being formed around a young star
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.
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