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ISOLDE sheds light on dying stars

What happens inside a dying star? A recent experiment at CERN's REX accelerator offers clues that could help astrophysicists to recalculate the ages of some of the largest explosions in the universe.

dateApr 04, 2014 in Astronomy
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Image: Star-forming region ON2

( —Massive stars are born in tumultuous clouds of gas and dust. They lead a brief but intense life, blowing powerful winds of particles and radiation that strike their surroundings, before their explosive demise ...

dateMar 24, 2014 in Astronomy
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Could alien life cope with a hotter, brighter star?

The stars in the night sky shine in myriad hues and brightnesses—piercing blues, clean whites, smoldering crimsons. Every star has a different mass, the basic characteristic that determines its size, lifespan, light output ...

dateMar 24, 2014 in Astronomy
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Hardy star survives supernova blast

( —When a massive star runs out fuel, it collapses and explodes as a supernova. Although these explosions are extremely powerful, it is possible for a companion star to endure the blast. A team of astronomers using ...

dateMar 20, 2014 in Astronomy
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Image: Star factory NGC 7538

( —The billowing clouds portrayed in this image from ESA's Herschel observatory are part of NGC 7538, a stellar nursery for massive stars. Located around 9000 light-years away, this is one of the few regions of ...

dateMar 04, 2014 in Astronomy
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Image: A storm of stars in the Trifid nebula

( —A storm of stars is brewing in the Trifid nebula, as seen in this view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The stellar nursery, where baby stars are bursting into being, is the yellow-and-orange ...

dateJan 30, 2014 in Astronomy
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