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October 23, 2016

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October 23, 2016

Oct. 11, 2016 — A star with a ring of planets orbiting around it -- that is the picture we know from our own solar system and from many of the thousands of exoplanets observed in recent years. But now researchers ... read more

Oct. 7, 2016 — A new study casts light on how young, hot stars ionize oxygen in the early universe and the effects on the evolution of galaxies through time. The study presents the first measurements of the ... read more

Oct. 6, 2016 — NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected superhot blobs of gas, each twice as massive as the planet Mars, being ejected near a dying star. The plasma balls are zooming so fast through space it ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — A new mathematical model created by astrophysicists details a way that dead stars called white dwarfs could detonate, producing a type of explosion that is instrumental to measuring the extreme ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — Astronomers have discovered a 'hot molecular core,' a cocoon of molecules surrounding a newborn massive star, for the first time outside our Galaxy. The discovery marks the first important ... read more

New Classes of Electron Orbits Discovered

Oct. 4, 2016 — Phenomena like solar flares and auroras are consequences of magnetic reconnection in the near-Earth space. These "magnetic reconnection" events are akin to magnetic explosions that ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — Seeing deep into space requires large telescopes. The larger the telescope, the more light it collects, and the sharper the image it provides. For example, NASA's Kepler space observatory, with ... read more

Oct. 3, 2016 — In a new image captured by the nebula Messier 78, young stars cast a bluish pall over their surroundings, while red fledgling stars peer out from their cocoons of cosmic dust. To our eyes, most of ... read more

Sep. 29, 2016 — Scientists have found the first gamma-ray binary in another galaxy and the most luminous one ever seen. The dual-star system, dubbed LMC P3, contains a massive star and a crushed stellar core that ... read more

Sep. 29, 2016 — Astronomers have found distinct spiral arms in the disk of gas and dust surrounding the young star Elias 2-27. While similar features have been observed on the surfaces of such disks before, this is ... read more

Sep. 29, 2016 — Using the millimeter telescope ALMA, a team of astronomers has traced the raw building blocks of star formation back in time to an era about 2 billion years after the big bang, yielding clues as to ... read more

Sep. 29, 2016 — A hot and dense mass of complex molecules, cocooning a newborn star, has been discovered astronomers using ALMA. This unique hot molecular core is the first of its kind to have been detected outside ... read more

Solving a Heavy-Duty Mystery

Sep. 26, 2016 — To determine how the universe's heavy elements -- gold, silver and many others -- came about, a team of international researchers is studying both the largest and smallest things known to us -- ... read more

Sep. 26, 2016 — Astronomers have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high ... read more

Sep. 26, 2016 — LUX-ZEPLIN, an ultrasensitive dark matter detector, has cleared a major approval milestone and is on track to begin its mile-deep hunt for theoretical particles known as WIMPs in 2020. WIMPs are ... read more

Sep. 26, 2016 — Space is filled with types of light we can't see -- from infrared signals released by hot stars and galaxies, to the cosmic microwave background. Some of this invisible light that fills space ... read more

Sep. 26, 2016 — The merger of two black holes, such as the one that produced the gravitational waves discovered by the LIGO Observatory, is considered an extremely complex process that can only be simulated by the ... read more

Sep. 23, 2016 — Our sun will eventually burn out and shroud itself with stellar debris, but not for another 5 billion ... read more

Sep. 22, 2016 — International teams of astronomers have used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to explore the distant corner of the Universe first revealed in the iconic images of the Hubble ... read more

Sep. 22, 2016 — Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, and a trick of nature, have confirmed the existence of a planet orbiting two stars in the system OGLE-2007-BLG-349, located 8,000 light-years ... read more

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