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Astronomers Detect Sugar Star Just 400 Light Years From Earth

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August 29, 2012
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An international team of astronomers have for the first time detected in outer space a simple sugar molecule similar to kind we put in our coffee. And fittingly, it was found in the Milky Way, about 400 light years from Earth, the European Space Observatory said Wednesday.


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Earth Sized Planet Called Closest Yet

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Newsy (Oct. 17, 2012) — A team of European astronomers located a new exoplanet with a mass similar to Earth. The planet is just 4.4 light years away.
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RAW VIDEO: Best Photograph of a Star Being Born in History Taken by ESO

RAW VIDEO: Best Photograph of a Star Being Born in History Taken by ESO

EFE (July 10, 2013) — A new image of a star being formed inside of a dark cloud was shot by the European Southern Observatory's ALMA telescope and is the best picture of this kind of event ever captured. The high resolution photograph will allow scientists to study the star's creation process in depth and expand or change established theories. In its current state, the star is 500 times the mass of our sun and is pulling large quantities of matter towards its core through gravity. This matter will eventually collapse, forming a young star that will ultimately be 100 times the size of the sun.
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Powerful Camera Seeks Snapshots of Dark Energy

Powerful Camera Seeks Snapshots of Dark Energy

Reuters (Nov. 9, 2012) — The most powerful sky-mapping instrument ever built is about to embark on a far-reaching survey of deepest space to find evidence of the theoretical force called Dark Energy. From a high plateau in Chile, the Dark Energy Camera is being pointed billions of light years into the cosmos in an effort by astronomers to answer questions about Dark Energy's influence over the expansion of our universe.
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