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Pan-STARRS finds a 'lost' supernova

(Phys.org) —The star Eta Carinae is ready to blow. 170 years ago, this 100-solar-mass object belched out several suns' worth of gas in an eruption that made it the second-brightest star after Sirius. That ...

Mar 07, 2013
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Hunt for distant planets intensifie (w/ Video)

(Phys.org)—When astronomers discovered planet GJ 1214b circling a star more than 47 light-years from Earth in 2009, their data presented two possibilities: Either it was a mini-Neptune shrouded in a thick ...

Feb 19, 2013
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A eulogy to Herschel

(Phys.org)—With its 2160 litres of liquid helium about to run out, the Herschel Space Observatory will, by the end of March, become just another piece of space junk.

Jan 02, 2013
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Magnetic fields created before the first stars

Magnets have practically become everyday objects. Earlier on, however, the universe consisted only of nonmagnetic elements and particles. Just how the magnetic forces came into existence has been researched by Prof. Dr. Reinhard ...

Jan 02, 2013
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Making stars in early galaxies

(Phys.org)—Ten billion years ago or so, at least according to the current picture, the youthful universe began to produce an abundance of new stars. The very first ones appeared in the young cosmos after ...

Dec 10, 2012
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