The star that should not exist

( -- A team of European astronomers has used ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) to track down a star in the Milky Way that many thought was impossible. They discovered that this star is composed almost entirely ...

dateAug 31, 2011 in Astronomy
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Earth-sized planet found just outside solar system

(—European astronomers have discovered a planet with about the mass of the Earth orbiting a star in the Alpha Centauri system—the nearest to Earth. It is also the lightest exoplanet ever discovered around a star ...

dateOct 16, 2012 in Astronomy
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Reflected glory

( -- The nebula Messier 78 takes centre stage in this image taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, while the stars powering the bright display ...

dateFeb 16, 2011 in Astronomy
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Black hole blows big bubble

Combining observations made with ESO's Very Large Telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray telescope, astronomers have uncovered the most powerful pair of jets ever seen from a stellar black hole. This object, also known as a microquasar, ...

dateJul 07, 2010 in Astronomy
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Charting the slow death of the Universe

An international team of astronomers studying more than 200 000 galaxies has measured the energy generated within a large portion of space more precisely than ever before. This represents the most comprehensive assessment ...

dateAug 10, 2015 in Astronomy
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Black hole caught zapping galaxy into existence?

( -- Which come first, the supermassive black holes that frantically devour matter or the enormous galaxies where they reside? A brand new scenario has emerged from a recent set of outstanding observations of ...

dateNov 30, 2009 in Astronomy
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