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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.
Measuring the infrastructure of a gamma-ray burst's high-speed jet
Astronomers puzzled by planet that should not exist
Hubble finds water in atmospheres of alien worlds
ALMA records a young star's explosive birth
Athena and eLISA observatories chosen to study the Universe
K2 is Kepler's 'second light' mission
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Astronomers find Mach 1000 shock wave is heating Tycho's supernova
Astronomers have discovered a reverse shock wave racing inward at 1000 times the speed of sound, is heating Tycho's supernova and causing it to emit X-ray light.
Hubble, ALMA and Spitzer discover a trio of galaxies from the cosmic dawn
Hubble, ALMA and Spitzer have discovered a trio of primitive galaxies inside an enormous blob of primordial gas nearly 13 billion light-years from Earth.
Monster gamma-ray burst seen in cosmic neighbourhood
Three NASA space telescopes, Fermi, Swift and NuSTAR, have observed one of the closest gamma-ray bursts ever observed in the Universe
Hubble snaps a dazzling cosmic jewel box
The Hubble Space Telescope has taken a stunning image of Messier 15, a cluster of stars that resembles a sparkling cosmic jewelbox
'Super-Earth' habitability questioned in new study
The larger super-Earths may not be habitable due to problems with their carbon cycle and water, according to new theoretical research.
Hubble reveals the first pictures of how our galaxy formed
The Hubble Space Telescope has revealed the first visual evidence of how our galaxy, the Milky Way, assembled itself into the spiral of stars we see today.
Scientists examine the feeding habits of a black hole
ESA’s XMM-Newton observatory has made a surprising discovery about the cocktail of particles that are ejected from a black hole binary system called 4U1630–47 in our Galaxy.
Spitzer and ALMA combine forces to reveal stellar birth
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have combined forces to reveal the throes of stellar birth as never before.
One billion habitable planets in the Milky Way
A fifth of stars like the Sun in our Milky Way galaxy have Earth-sized planets that could be home to life, according to a new study of Kepler data by American astronomers.
Earth sized rocky world too hot for life
Kepler 78b, which was first revealed in the scientific literature in August 2013, has a similar mass to that of the planet Earth, two independent research teams announced in October.
Carbon planets may be rich in diamonds but waterless
According to NASA-funded theoretical research, carbon rich planets, including so-called diamond planets, may lack oceans.
NASA observatories team up to begin deepest ever probe of the universe
Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes are teaming up, with help from from gravitational lensing, to look deeper into the universe than ever before.
Astronomers puzzled by alien planetary construction site
A newly-forming planetary system has surprised astronomers because it contains not only rocky building blocks of planets but also primordial gas that should have been swept away long ago.
Astronomers identify farthest known galaxy in the Universe
The most remote galaxy known in the Universe has been discovered in a Hubble Space Telescope image at a distance of more than 13 billion light-years.
Planck 'time machine' to be switched off at last
One of world’s most successful orbiting observatories, ESA's Planck space telescope, will finally be switched off this week after collecting valuable evidence on how the Universe evolved.
New Milky Way survey maps hidden pockets of starbirth
Astronomers have completed the largest-ever survey of dense gas clouds in the Milky Way.
Newborn planet found drifting alone in space
Astronomers have discovered a young free-floating planet that is not orbiting a star.
Astronomers find remains of alien asteroid that was a quarter made of water
Studies of a ring of debris around a nearby star reveal there existed a planet that was rich in water
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