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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
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.