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2010-11-24 12:50:00

By discovering the first double star where a pulsating Cepheid variable and another star pass in front of one another, an international team of astronomers has solved a decades-old mystery.

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2008-09-22 08:00:00

New, very precise measurements have shown that the rotation of the Milky Way is simpler than previously thought.

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2008-02-11 08:30:00

Taking advantage of the presence of light echoes, a team of astronomers have used an ESO telescope to measure, at the 1% precision level, the distance of a Cepheid - a class of variable stars that constitutes one of the first steps in the cosmic distance.


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orbity
  • A bereavement by loss of parents or children; the state of being orbate; orbation.
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