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Supercomputer simulations of dusty disks around sunlike stars show that planets nearly as small as Mars can create patterns that future telescopes may be able to detect. The research points to a new avenue in the search for habitable planets.
Hot spots near the shattered remains of an exploded star are echoing the blast's first moments, say scientists using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
The origin of the microscopic meteorites that make up cosmic dust has been revealed for the first time in new research out Sept. 1, 2008.
The Pinwheel galaxy is gussied up in infrared light in a new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
NASA researchers and scientists from the United States, Germany and Japan have found a new mineral in material that likely came from a comet.
Astronomers have discovered that rocky, terrestrial planets might orbit many, if not most, of the nearby sun-like stars in the disk of our galaxy. These new results suggest that worlds with potential for life are more common that we thought.
University of Nottingham astronomers will be studying icy cosmic dust millions of light years away â€” using the biggest space telescope ever built.
Contrary to expectations for a small icy body, much of the comet dust returned by the Stardust mission formed very close to the young sun and was altered from the solar systemâ€™s early materials.
Astronomers have at last found definitive evidence that the universe's first dust â€“ the celestial stuff that seeded future generations of stars and planets â€“ was forged in the explosions of massive stars.
UC Davis researchers have dated the earliest step in the formation of the solar system -- when microscopic interstellar dust coalesced into mountain-sized chunks of rock -- to 4,568 million years ago, within a range of about 2,080,000 years.
Nebula -- in astronomy, observed manifestation of a collection of highly rarefied gas and dust in interstellar space. Prior to the 1960s this term was also applied to bodies later discovered to be galaxies, e.g., the so-called Great Nebula in the constellation Andromeda. In 1864, William Huggins confirmed William Herschel's conclusion that nebulae are not swarms of stars by determining that the spectra of nebulae are made of bright lines characteristic of radiating gases. Diffuse...
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