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ALMA Observes Binary Star System with Wacky Disks

by Shannon Hall July 30, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter When it comes to exoplanets, we’ve discovered an array of extremes — alien worlds that seem more like science fiction than reality. But there are few environments more extreme than a binary star system in which planet formation can occur. Powerful […]

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ALMA Sheds New Light on ‘Dark’ Gamma-ray Bursts

by Shannon Hall June 11, 2014

Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) represent the most powerful explosions in the cosmos, sending out as much energy in a matter of seconds as our Sun will give off during its entire 10-billion-year lifespan. These powerful explosions are thought to be triggered when dying stars collapse into jet-spewing black holes. Yet no one has ever witnessed a […]

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“Death Stars” Caught Blasting Proto-Planets

by David Dickinson March 13, 2014

 It’s a tough old universe out there. A young star has lots to worry about, as massive stars just beginning to shine can fill a stellar nursery with a gale of solar wind. No, it’s not a B-movie flick: the “Death Stars of Orion” are real. Such monsters come in the form of young, O-type […]

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Giant Planet May Be Lurking In ‘Poisonous’ Gas Around Beta Pictoris

by Elizabeth Howell March 7, 2014

A Saturn-mass planet might be lurking in the debris surrounding Beta Pictoris, new measurements of a debris field around the star shown. If this could be proven, this would be the second planet found around that star. The planet would be sheparding a giant swarm of comets (some in front and some trailing behind the […]

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Astronomers Catch a Galactic Threesome in the Act

by Jason Major November 22, 2013

An enormous and incredibly luminous distant galaxy has turned out to actually be three galaxies in the process of merging together, based on the latest observations from ALMA as well as the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes. Located 13 billion light-years away, this galactic threesome is being seen near the very beginning of what astronomers call […]

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