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Star in closest orbit ever seen around black hole

Astronomers have found evidence of a star that whips around a likely black hole twice an hour. This could be the tightest orbital dance ever seen by a black hole and a companion star in our own Milky Way galaxy.

Posted: Mar 13th, 2017

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Hubble hones in on a hypergiant's home

A beautiful Hubble image reveals a young super star cluster known as Westerlund 1, only 15,000 light-years away in our Milky Way neighborhood, yet home to one of the largest stars ever discovered.

Posted: Mar 10th, 2017

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Mapping the family tree of stars

Astronomers are borrowing principles applied in biology and archaeology to build a family tree of the stars in the galaxy. By studying chemical signatures found in the stars, they are piecing together these evolutionary trees looking at how the stars formed and how they are connected to each other.

Posted: Feb 20th, 2017

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Researchers pinpoint watery past on Mars

Researchers have discovered a patch of land in an ancient valley on Mars that appears to have been flooded by water in the not-too-distant past. In doing so, they have pinpointed a prime target to begin searching for past life forms on the Red Planet.

Posted: Feb 15th, 2017

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Self-made stars

Astronomers observe black hole producing cold, star-making fuel from hot plasma jets and bubbles.

Posted: Feb 14th, 2017

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