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Beyond the brim, Sombrero Galaxy's halo suggests turbulent past

These latest Hubble observations of the Sombrero galaxy indicate only a tiny fraction of older, metal-poor stars in the halo, plus an unexpected abundance of metal-rich stars. Past major galaxy mergers are a possible explanation, though the stately Sombrero shows none of the messy evidence of a recent merger of massive galaxies.

Feb 21st, 2020

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How newborn stars prepare for the birth of planets

An international team of astronomers used two of the most powerful radio telescopes in the world to create more than three hundred images of planet-forming disks around very young stars in the Orion Clouds. These images reveal new details about the birthplaces of planets and the earliest stages of star formation.

Feb 20th, 2020

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Journey to the center of Mars

While NASA's InSight's seismometer has been patiently waiting for the next big marsquake to illuminate its interior and define its crust-mantle-core structure, two scientists have built a new compositional model for Mars.

Feb 20th, 2020

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18-hour year planet on edge of destruction

The 'hot Jupiter' orbits perilously close, to the point that it will be destroyed by the star. This research could shed light on how long a planet can orbit that close to a star before it spirals to its destruction.

Feb 20th, 2020

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