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Star clusters are only the tip of the iceberg (w/video)

Star clusters have been part of the Imaginarium of human civilization for millennia. The brightest star clusters to Earth, like the Pleiades, are readily visible to the naked eye. Astronomers have now revealed the existence of massive stellar halos, termed coronae, surrounding local star clusters.

Oct 15th, 2020

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A billion tiny pendulums could detect the universe's missing mass

Scientists propose a novel method for finding dark matter, the cosmos's mystery material that has eluded detection for decades. The proposed experiment, in which a billion millimeter-sized pendulums would act as dark matter sensors, would be the first to hunt for dark matter solely through its gravitational interaction with visible matter.

Oct 14th, 2020

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Vaporised metal in the air of an exoplanet

An international team of researchers studied the atmosphere of the ultra-hot exoplanet WASP-121b. In it, they found a number of gaseous metals. The results are a next step in the search for potentially habitable worlds.

Oct 8th, 2020

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Some planets may be better for life than Earth

Earth is not necessarily the best planet in the universe. Researchers have identified two dozen planets outside our solar system that may have conditions more suitable for life than our own. Some of these orbit stars that may be better than even our sun.

Oct 5th, 2020

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Hubble watches exploding star fade into oblivion

Now you see it, now you don't. Though stars explode at the rate of one per second in the vast universe, it's rare to get a time-lapse movie of one fading into obscurity. This disappearing act, in a galaxy 70 million light-years away, was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope as part of a program to measure the universe's expansion rate.

Oct 1st, 2020

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