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The closest star system found in a century

( —A pair of newly discovered stars is the third-closest star system to the Sun, according to a paper that will be published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. The duo is the closest star system discovered since ...

dateMar 11, 2013 in Astronomy
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Move over exoplanets, exomoons may harbour life too

In the Star Wars universe, everyone's favourite furry aliens, the Ewoks, famously lived on the "forest moon of Endor". In scientific terms, the Ewok's home world would be referred to as an exomoon, which is simply a moon ...

dateApr 28, 2014 in Astronomy
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Lightest exoplanet imaged so far?

( —A team of astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope has imaged a faint object moving near a bright star. With an estimated mass of four to five times that of Jupiter, it would be the least massive planet ...

dateJun 03, 2013 in Astronomy
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Exoplanets soon to gleam in the eye of NESSI

( —The New Mexico Exoplanet Spectroscopic Survey Instrument (NESSI) will soon get its first "taste" of exoplanets, helping astronomers decipher their chemical composition. Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars ...

dateApr 18, 2014 in Astronomy
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