Astronomy & Space news

Suzaku study points to early cosmic 'seeding'

(Phys.org) —Most of the universe's heavy elements, including the iron central to life itself, formed early in cosmic history and spread throughout the universe, according to a new study of the Perseus Galaxy ...

Oct 31, 2013
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Kepler 78b exoplanet is Earth-like in mass and size

In August, MIT researchers identified an exoplanet with an extremely brief orbital period: The team found that Kepler 78b, a small, intensely hot planet 700 light-years from Earth, circles its star in just ...

Oct 30, 2013
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Universe's most distant galaxy discovered

Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin may be former football rivals, but the Lone Star State's two research giants have teamed up to detect the most distant spectroscopically confirmed ...

Oct 23, 2013
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A strange lonely planet found without a star

(Phys.org) —An international team of astronomers has discovered an exotic young planet that is not orbiting a star. This free-floating planet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light-years away from Earth ...

Oct 09, 2013
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