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Planet-Forming Dust Abruptly Disappears Around Star
2012-07-05 05:10:33

One star pinpointed as a prime location for a planet-forming disk decided enough was enough, and closed-up shop suddenly.

WISE Catches Cosmic Dust Bunny
2012-04-27 03:13:54

Images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) reveal an old star in the throes of a fiery outburst, spraying the cosmos with dust.

Image 1 - Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight
2011-12-13 09:18:14

The 2011 Geminid meteor shower peaks on the night of Dec. 13-14, and despite the glare of a nearly-full Moon, it might be a good show.

Image 1 - Astronomers Discover The Fried Egg Nebula
2011-09-28 09:41:23

University of Manchester astronomers used the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) to discover the Fried Egg Nebula.

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2011-04-15 09:15:01

Astronomers across the globe can now sift through hundreds of millions of galaxies, stars and asteroids collected in the first bundle of data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.

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2010-12-12 16:00:00

Most meteor showers come from comets, which spew ample meteoroids for a night of 'shooting stars,' but the Geminids are different.

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2010-08-23 14:55:00

Tight double-star systems might not be the best places for life to spring up, according to a new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

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2010-07-14 12:30:00

Astronomers have obtained the first image of a dusty disc closely encircling a massive baby star, providing direct evidence that massive stars form in the same way as their smaller brethren.

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2010-05-03 12:55:00

This week, Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing a special feature devoted to the new results obtained with the infrared satellite AKARI, a JAXA project with the participation of ESA.


Word of the Day
dingle
  • A small wooded valley; a dell.
  • The protecting weather-shed built around the entrance to a house.
  • The roofed-over space between the kitchen and the sleeping-quarters in a logging-camp, commonly used as a storeroom.
The word 'dingle' comes from Middle English dell, hollow.
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