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Many Sunlike Stars Gobbled up Some of Their Planets

New research shows that other sunlike stars in our galaxy aren't so kind to their planets. Up to a quarter…

3 weeks ago

A Nearby White Dwarf Might be About to Collapse Into a Neutron Star

A white dwarf star has been found that's more massive than our Sun, but about the same size as our…

2 months ago

There are Probably Many More Earth-Sized Worlds Than Previously Believed

In the past decade, the discovery of extrasolar planets has accelerated immensely. To date, 4,424 exoplanets have been confirmed in…

3 months ago

Astronomers Find a Blinking Star Near the Center of the Milky Way

In this week’s edition of new unexplained astronomical phenomena, a team of astronomers led by Dr. Leigh Smith from Cambridge…

3 months ago

Smallest, Closest Black Hole Ever Discovered is Only 1,500 Light-Years Away

A red giant star may have a black hole companion that is only three solar masses in size.

5 months ago

Our Part of the Galaxy is Packed with Binary Stars

Binary star systems are everywhere. They make up a huge percentage of all known solar systems: from what we can…

7 months ago

Massive Binary Stars Huddle Up Surprisingly Quickly

Dancing is a favorite pastime of many couples.  Swinging around a dance floor, using the laws of physics to twirl…

8 months ago

Strange Green Star is the Result of a Merger Between two White Dwarfs

Chandrasekhar found there is an upper limit for the mass of a white dwarf, but some white dwarfs can break…

8 months ago

Astronomers Measure a 1-billion Tesla Magnetic Field on the Surface of a Neutron Star

We recently observed the strongest magnetic field ever recorded in the Universe. The record-breaking field was discovered at the surface…

1 year ago

This is a Binary Star in the Process of Formation

About 460 light years away lies the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex. It's a molecular cloud—an active star-forming region—and it's one…

1 year ago