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2009-12-17 15:15:00

With NASA's Kepler mission showing the potential to detect Earth-sized objects, habitable moons may soon become science fact.

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2009-12-16 12:30:00

Astronomers announced today that they have discovered a "super-Earth" orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth.

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2009-12-15 09:55:00

About 550 light-years from Earth, a star like our Sun is writhing in its death throes.

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2009-11-16 11:40:00

The constellation of Orion is a hotbed of massive star formation, most prominently in the Great Nebula that sits in Orion's sword.

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2009-09-09 15:30:00

The simple picture of star formation calls for giant clouds of gas and dust to collapse inward due to gravity, growing denser and hotter until igniting nuclear fusion.

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2009-07-29 14:27:41

A study published this week in the journal Nature offers an explanation for the origin of dwarf spheroidal galaxies.

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2009-06-10 15:17:49

In November 2008, Caroline Moore, a 14-year-old student from upstate New York, discovered a supernova in a nearby galaxy, making her the youngest person ever to do so.

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2009-06-10 13:35:00

Astronomers are announcing today that a sequence of images collected with the Smithsonian's Submillimeter Array (SMA) clearly reveals the presence of a rotating molecular disk orbiting the young binary star system V4046 Sagittarii.

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2009-05-08 08:35:00

Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass have created an "astro-comb" to help astronomers detect lighter planets, more like Earth, around distant stars.

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2009-04-29 10:20:00

New calculations by Ryan O'Leary and Avi Loeb (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) suggest that hundreds of massive black holes, left over from the galaxy-building days of the early universe, may wander the Milky Way.


Word of the Day
begunk
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.