Unexpected excess of giant planets in star cluster

Unexpected excess of giant planets in star cluster

An international team of astronomers have found that there are far more planets of the hot Jupiter type than expected in a cluster of stars called Messier 67. This surprising result was obtained using a number of telescopes and instruments, among them the HARPS...
Extreme trans-Neptunian objects lead the way to Planet Nine

Extreme trans-Neptunian objects lead the way to Planet Nine

In the race towards the discovery of a ninth planet in our solar system, scientists from around the world strive to calculate its orbit using the tracks left by the small bodies that move well beyond Neptune. Now, astronomers from Spain and Cambridge University have...
Scientists observe supermassive black hole feeding on cold gas

Scientists observe supermassive black hole feeding on cold gas

At the center of a galaxy cluster, 1 billion light years from Earth, a voracious, supermassive black hole is preparing for a chilly feast. For the first time, astronomers have detected billowy clouds of cold, clumpy gas streaming toward a black hole, at the center of...

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