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2009-04-07 12:40:15

U.S.-led astronomers say new data hint that planets around stars cooler than the sun might have a differing mix of life-forming prebiotic chemicals. The astronomers used the Spitzer space telescope to look for a prebiotic chemical called hydrogen cyanide in the planet-forming material swirling around different types of stars.

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2009-04-07 15:30:00

Life on Earth is thought to have arisen from a hot soup of chemicals. Does this same soup exist on planets around other stars? A new study from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope hints that planets around stars cooler than our sun might possess a different mix of potentially life-forming, or "prebiotic," chemicals.

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2008-12-10 14:08:57

It's a tie! The new record-holder for dimmest known star-like object in the universe goes to twin "failed" stars, or brown dwarfs, each of which shines feebly with only one millionth the light of our sun.

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2008-12-03 09:25:00

Astronomers have uncovered strong evidence that brown dwarfs form like stars.

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2008-10-06 09:05:00

COROT has discovered a massive planet-sized object orbiting its parent star closely, unlike anything ever spotted before. It is so exotic, that scientists are unsure as to whether this oddity is actually a planet or a failed star.

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2008-09-15 18:35:00

A Canadian team of scientists have made an unprecedented discovery: an image of a planet outside of Earth’s Solar System which appears to be circling a star like the sun.

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2008-05-01 12:29:26

Discovery helps solve riddle of where the carbon white dwarfs come from, and what happens to their hydrogen and helium

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2008-04-10 09:35:00

An international team of astronomers has discovered the coldest brown dwarf star ever observed. This finding, to be published in Astronomy & Astrophysics, is a new step toward filling the gap between stars and planets.

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2008-04-01 11:05:00

Scientists working at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies have found a clutch of jets from newborn brown dwarfs.

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2008-03-26 13:40:00

Scientists are one step closer to understanding how new planets form, thanks to research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and carried out by a team of astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History.


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