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From dust to planet: how gas giants form

Astrophysicists have developed computer simulations that simultaneously use multiple types of celestial matter to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how these colossal planets grow from tiny specks of dust.

Jan 12th, 2022

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Hunting for dead stars

What they become afterwards depends on how big they were at birth - in other words the mass that they had when they were formed.

Jan 11th, 2022

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Billions of starless planets haunt dark cloud cradles

In Lovecraftian horror, the Universe is filled with 'dark planets' ungraced by the light of a host star. New research shows that reality might be even scarier. An international team of astronomers has found about 100 planets floating freely in space rather than orbiting stars.

Dec 22nd, 2021

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Are black holes and dark matter the same?

Proposing an alternative model for how the universe came to be, a team of astrophysicists suggests that all black holes - from those as tiny as a pin head to those covering billions of miles - were created instantly after the Big Bang and account for all dark matter.

Dec 20th, 2021

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Scientists predict the rotation periods of stars

A new study features a method of deriving the rotation periods of stars from just one observation of the stellar activity rather than repeated observations over several weeks which are needed to directly measure the rotation period. The method has possible implications for the determination of the ages of stars.

Dec 16th, 2021

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