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Pitch black: Cosmic clumps cast the darkest shadows

( —Astronomers have found cosmic clumps so dark, dense and dusty that they throw the deepest shadows ever recorded. Infrared observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of these blackest-of-black regions paradoxically ...

dateMay 22, 2014 in Astronomy
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Hidden nurseries in the Milky Way

( —APEX, the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment, is a telescope of 12 m diameter at an exceptional site on Earth: the Chajnantor plateau is located 5100 m above sea level in the Atacama desert in Chile. It was used ...

dateMay 13, 2014 in Astronomy
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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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