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Astronomers find alcohol cloud spanning 288 billion miles

Astronomers based at Jodrell Bank Observatory have discovered a giant bridge of methyl alcohol, spanning approximately 288 billion miles, wrapped around a stellar nursery. The gas cloud could help our understanding ...

Apr 04, 2006
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A new era in search for 'sister Earths'?

Research presented at a recent astronomical conference is being hailed as ushering in a new era in the search for Earth-like planets by showing that they are more numerous than previously thought and that ...

Jul 25, 2008
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Lichen on Mars

Humans cannot hope to survive life on Mars without plenty of protection from the surface radiation, freezing night temperatures and dust storms on the red planet. So they could be excused for marveling at ...

Jan 17, 2014
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Mysterious X-ray signal intrigues astronomers

(Phys.org) —A mysterious X-ray signal has been found in a detailed study of galaxy clusters using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton. One intriguing possibility is that the X-rays are ...

Jun 24, 2014
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Strange star stumps astronomers

An obese oddball of a star has left astronomers wondering how it could have formed. Dr David Champion and his colleagues at CSIRO’s Australia Telescope National Facility publish their findings about the ...

May 16, 2008
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Hubble directly observes planet orbiting Fomalhaut

(PhysOrg.com) -- Estimated to be no more than three times Jupiter's mass, the planet, called Fomalhaut b, orbits the bright southern star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis ...

Nov 13, 2008
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