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Mysterious ripples found racing through planet-forming disk

Astronomers have discovered never-before-seen structures within a dusty disc surrounding a nearby star. The fast-moving wave-like features in the disc of the star AU Microscopii are unlike anything ever observed, or even predicted, before now. The origin and nature of these features present a new mystery for astronomers to explore.

Oct 7th, 2015

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Researchers find a new way to weigh a star

Researchers have developed a new method for measuring the mass of pulsars - highly magnetised rotating neutron stars formed from the remains of massive stars after they explode into supernovae.

Oct 5th, 2015

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Radio telescopes could spot stars hidden in the galactic center

The center of our Milky Way galaxy is a mysterious place. Not only is it thousands of light-years away, it's also cloaked in so much dust that most stars within are rendered invisible. Harvard researchers are proposing a new way to clear the fog and spot stars hiding there. They suggest looking for radio waves coming from supersonic stars.

Sep 22nd, 2015

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Researchers propose new way to chart the cosmos in 3D

If only calculating the distance between Earth and far-off galaxies was as easy as pulling out the old measuring tape. Now researchers are proposing a new way to calculate distances in the cosmos using mysterious bursts of energy.

Sep 18th, 2015

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Europlanet 2020 project launches new era of planetary collaboration in Europe

Europlanet 2020 RI will support 34 institutions in 19 countries across Europe over a period of four years. The project aims to tackle key scientific and technological challenges in modern space science by providing scientists with open access to state-of-the-art research data, models and facilities across the European Research Area.

Sep 15th, 2015

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Rocky planets may be habitable depending on their 'air conditioning system'

The quest for potentially habitable planets is often interpreted as the search for an Earth twin. And yet, some rocky planets outside our Solar System may in fact be more promising candidates for further research. Scientists have run 165 climate simulations for exoplanets that permanently face their sun with the same side. They discovered that two of the three possible climates are potentially habitable.

Sep 14th, 2015

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Oxygen is not definitive evidence of life on habitable exoplanets

Researchers have presented a novel hypothesis that it could be possible for planets to have large quantities of abiotic (non-biologically produced) oxygen. This study is a good example of interdisciplinary studies that combine knowledge from different fields of science to promote astrobiology in the search for life on extrasolar planets.

Sep 10th, 2015

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Celeste: A new model for cataloging the universe

A research collaboration of astrophysicists, statisticians and computer scientists is looking to shake things up with Celeste, a new statistical analysis model designed to enhance one of modern astronomy's most time-tested tools: sky surveys.

Sep 9th, 2015

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