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Chance meeting creates celestial diamond ring

Most stars with masses similar to that of our Sun will end their lives as white dwarfs — small, very dense, and hot bodies...

First Planet Found Around Solar Twin in Star Cluster

Astronomers have used ESO's HARPS planet hunter in Chile, along with other telescopes around the world, to discover three planets orbiting stars in the...

SMA Reveals Giant Star Cluster in the Making

W49A might be one of the best-kept secrets in our galaxy. This star-forming region shines 100 times brighter than the Orion nebula, but is...

A fiery drama of star birth and death

Located only about 160 000 light-years from us (eso1311 - http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1311/) in the constellation of Dorado (The Swordfish), the Large Magellanic Cloud is one...

Science probes mysteries of jets from giant black holes

There are supermassive black holes -- with masses up to several billion solar masses -- at the hearts of almost all galaxies in the...

The peanut at the heart of our galaxy

One of the most important and massive parts of the galaxy is the galactic bulge. This huge central cloud of about 10 000 million...

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...

3 planets in habitable zone of nearby star

Gliese 667C is a very well-studied star. Just over one third of the mass of the Sun, it is part of a triple star system...

New image of nebula shows colorful gases

ESO's VISTA telescope, at the Paranal Observatory in Chile, has captured a striking new image of the Helix Nebula. This picture, taken in infrared...

Omega Nebula’s smoky pink core

A new image of the Omega Nebula, captured by ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), is one of the sharpest of this object ever taken...

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