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Gaia discovers its first supernova

(Phys.org) —While scanning the sky to measure the positions and movements of stars in our Galaxy, Gaia has discovered its first stellar explosion in another galaxy far, far away.

Sep 12, 2014
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Image: Hubble looks into Terzan 7

Named after its discoverer, the French-Armenian astronomer Agop Terzan, this is the globular cluster Terzan 7—a densely packed ball of stars bound together by gravity. It lies just over 75,000 light-years ...

Feb 17, 2014
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Hubble finds source of Magellanic Stream

(Phys.org) —Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have solved the 40-year-old mystery of the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching nearly halfway around the Milky ...

Aug 08, 2013
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Discovery triples number of stars in universe

Astronomers have discovered that small, dim stars known as red dwarfs are much more prolific than previously thought—so much so that the total number of stars in the universe is likely three times bigger ...

Dec 01, 2010
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Satellite galaxies put astronomers in a spin

An international team of researchers, led by astronomers at the Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg (CNRS/Université de Strasbourg), has studied 380 galaxies and shown that their small satellite galaxies almost always ...

Jul 24, 2014
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Nearby dwarf galaxy and possible protogalaxy discovered

(Phys.org)—Peering deep into the dim edges of a distorted pinwheel galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major (the Great Bear), astronomers at Case Western Reserve University and their colleagues have discovered a faint dwarf ...

Jan 11, 2013
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Old star is 'missing link' in galactic evolution

(PhysOrg.com) -- A newly discovered star outside the Milky Way has yielded important clues about the evolution of our galaxy. Located in the dwarf galaxy Sculptor some 280,000 light-years away, the star has ...

Mar 03, 2010
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