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Latest Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Stories

Dense Cloud Defies Rules Of Star Formation
2013-01-13 09:53:05

An unusually dense cloud located near the center of the galaxy does not appear to be forming any massive stars.

2012-06-13 14:32:55

Building a terrestrial planet requires raw materials that weren't available in the early history of the universe.

Growth Found to be Out of Synch For Black Hole
2012-06-12 11:42:59

New evidence from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory challenges prevailing ideas about how supermassive black holes grow in the centers of galaxies.

Black Hole Caught Exiting Host Galaxy
2012-06-05 04:22:57

New observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest that a black hole is being ejected from its host galaxy at several million miles per hour.

Gamma Rays From Milky Way’s Past Show Historically Active Black Hole
2012-05-30 03:39:18

Gamma-ray beams seen in the Milky Way's central black hole suggest that the galaxy's center was much more active in the past, according to new research.

Rogue Planets Sometimes Captured By Stars
2012-04-18 03:28:47

New research suggests that billions of stars in our galaxy have captured rogue planets that once roamed interstellar space.

'Ordinary' Black Hole Discovered 12 Million Light Years Away
2012-03-27 07:54:34

An international team of scientists have discovered an ‘ordinary’ black hole in the 12 million light year-distant galaxy Centaurus A.

Runaway Planets At 30 Million Miles Per Hour Possible
2012-03-22 13:27:20

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics researchers have determined that some planets are flying around in space at 30 million miles per hour.


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