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Vega Star Older Than Previously Thought
2012-12-12 10:00:24

A new study has used an innovative type of telescope to show that the bright north-sky star Vega may be more than 200 million years older than scientists previously believed.

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2011-04-19 09:18:11

The hottest stars in the universe spin so fast that they get a bit squished at their poles and dimmer around their middle.

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2010-04-07 13:35:00

For the first time, astronomers have directly observed the mysterious dark companion in a binary star system that has puzzled skywatchers since the 19th century.

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2005-05-24 07:25:00

The most detailed measurements to date of the dusty disks around young stars confirm a new theory that the region where rocky planets such as Earth form is much farther away from the star than originally thought. These first definitive measurements of planet-forming zones offer important clues to the initial conditions that give birth to planets.


Word of the Day
zill
  • One of a pair of round metal cymbals attached to the fingers and struck together for rhythm and percussion in belly dancing.
The word 'zill' comes from a Turkish word meaning "cymbals".
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