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Deadly relationship between huge O-type stars and small forming stars

The Orion Nebula is home to hundreds of young stars and even younger protostars known as proplyds. Many of these nascent systems will go...

Astronomers witness mysterious, never-before-seen disintegration of asteroid

Astronomers have witnessed for the first time the breakup of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces. The discovery is published online...

Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes ‘spy’ one of the youngest galaxies...

An international team led by astronomers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and La Laguna University (ULL) has just completed the first...

Astronomers discover planet that shouldn’t be there

An international team of astronomers, led by a University of Arizona graduate student, has discovered the most distantly orbiting planet found to date around...

It’s hot…super hot: Finding answers around the sun

Astronomers have collectively puzzled over two working theories for a conundrum involving the sun that have been discussed in Astronomy 101 classes for decades:...

Ripped apart by a black hole

In 2011 ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) discovered a gas cloud with several times the mass of the Earth accelerating towards the black hole...

Dusty surprise around giant black hole

Over the last twenty years, astronomers have found that almost all galaxies have a huge black hole at their centre. Some of these black holes...

X-ray view of a thousand-year-old cosmic tapestry

This year, astronomers around the world have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of X-ray astronomy. Few objects better illustrate the progress of the field...

Hubble takes a gander at secret depths of Messier 77

Messier 77 is a galaxy in the constellation of Cetus, some 45 million light-years away from us. Also known as NGC 1068, it is...

Millisecond pulsars: the discovery of deceleration

Pulsars are among the most exotic celestial bodies known. They have diameters of about 20 kilometres, but at the same time roughly the mass...

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