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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...

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...

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...

New knowledge about early galaxies

The early galaxies of the universe were very different from today's galaxies. Using new detailed studies carried out with the ESO Very Large Telescope...

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...

Ultra-compact dwarf galaxies are bright star clusters

Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing the results of a detailed investigation of how many 'ultra-compact dwarf galaxies' (UCDs) can be found in nearby galaxy...

Vampire star reveals its secrets

Astronomers have obtained the best images ever of a star that has lost most of its material to a vampire companion. By combining the light captured by four telescopes at ESO's Paranal Observatory they created a virtual telescope 130 metres across with vision 50 times sharper than the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Surprisingly, the new results show that the transfer of mass from one star to the other in this double system is gentler than expected.

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