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Two Stars On A Death Spiral Set To Detonate As A Supernova

Two white dwarfs circle around one other, locked in a fatal tango. With an intimate orbit and a hefty combined mass, the pair is ultimately…

7 years ago

Have Astronomers Seen a Forming Planet in Action?

Huge disks of dust and gas encircle many young stars. Some contain circular gaps — likely the result of forming planets…

7 years ago

Rosetta’s Cloudy Comet Shroud Spotted From The Ground, While Spacecraft Picks Up Dust Grains

This picture shows it is possible to look at Rosetta's comet from Earth, but what a lot of work it…

7 years ago

Amazing Video Timelapse Of Big Telescopes At Work In Chile

What's it like to spend a night at a huge telescope observatory? Jordi Busque recorded a brilliant timelapse of the…

7 years ago

New VLT Observations Clear Up Dusty Mystery

The Universe is overflowing with cosmic dust. Planets form in swirling clouds of dust around a young star; Dust lanes…

7 years ago

Surprise! Brown Dwarf Star Has Dusty Skies, Appearing Strangely Red

Dust clouds on a brown dwarf or "failed star" are making it appear redder than its counterparts, new research reveals.…

8 years ago

Forging Stars – Peering Into Starbirth and Death

Some 160,000 light years away towards the constellation of Dorado (the Swordfish), is an amazing area of starbirth and death.…

8 years ago

Gorgeous Telescope Timelapse Makes You Feel Like You’re Standing In Chile

As the chill of winter settles into the northern hemisphere, fantasies of down-south travel pervade a lot of people's dreams.…

8 years ago

Future Supernova Is Surrounded By Hydrogen Clouds

The faint green glow you see in that picture is not an early harbringer of Hallowe'en spooks. It's hydrogen gas…

8 years ago

Double Vision: Scientists Spot An Elder ‘Twin’ To the Sun

If you want a picture of how you'll look in 30 years, youngsters are told, look at your parents. The…

8 years ago