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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 ...

dateFeb 19, 2013 in Astronomy
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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.

dateJan 02, 2013 in Astronomy
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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 ...

dateJan 02, 2013 in General Physics
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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 ...

dateDec 10, 2012 in Astronomy
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Double trouble on the Sun

(Phys.org)—The Sun erupted with two prominence eruptions, one after the other over a four-hour period on Nov. 16, 2012, between the hours of 1 and 5 a.m. EST. The red-glowing looped material is plasma, ...

dateNov 19, 2012 in Space Exploration
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