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X-ray data may be first evidence of a star devouring a planet

Largest haul of extrasolar planets for Japan

Forty-four planets in solar systems beyond our own have been unveiled in one go, dwarfing the usual number of confirmations from extrasolar surveys, which...

Mars-mimicking chamber explores habitability of other planets

A research team in Spain has the enviable job of testing out new electromechanical gear for potential use in future missions to the "Red...

NuSTAR Reveals Radioactive Matter in Supernova Remnant

Using its X-ray vision to observe what is left of a massive star that exploded long ago, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) spacecraft has shed...

Dramatic thinning of Arctic lake ice cuts winter ice season by...

Arctic lakes have been freezing up later in the year and thawing earlier, creating a winter ice season about 24 days shorter than it...

Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet

Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid...

Chemical Surprise Found in Crab Nebula

Astronomers have discovered a rare chemical pairing in the remains of an exploded star, called the Crab nebula. A gas thought to be a...

How Stars Move at the Center of the Galaxy

Two months ago astronomers created a new 3D map of stars at the centre of our Galaxy (the Milky Way), showing more clearly than...

NASA Helps Melt Secrets of Great Lakes Ice

Two scientists from NASA and NOAA have developed a new space-based technique for monitoring the ice cover of the Great Lakes that is so...

First ever evidence of a comet striking Earth

The first ever evidence of a comet entering Earth's atmosphere and exploding, raining down a shock wave of fire which obliterated every life form...

Mesoscale ocean eddies impact weather

Ocean currents have a big impact on weather and climate. Without the Gulf Stream, the climate of Northern and Western Europe would be cooler....

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