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How many planets are there in the galaxy?

On a clear night, and when light pollution isn't a serious factor, looking up at the sky is a breathtaking experience. On occasions like these, it is easy to be blown away by the sheer number of stars out there. But of course, ...

dateOct 25, 2016 in Space Exploration
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NGC 6624 cluster's advanced age in razor-sharp focus

An international team of astronomers, using the Gemini Multi-conjugate adaptive optics System (GeMS) and the high resolution camera GSAOI, brought the ancient globular cluster NGC 6624 into razor-sharp focus and determined ...

dateOct 12, 2016 in Astronomy
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Image: Nebula with spiral arms

The two spiral arms winding towards the bright centre might deceive you into thinking you are looking at a galaxy a bit like our Milky Way. But the object starring in this image is of a different nature: PK 329-02.2 is a ...

dateOct 10, 2016 in Astronomy
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What is galactic evolution?

On a clear night, you can make out the band of the Milky Way in the night sky. For millennia, astronomers looked upon it in awe, slowly coming to the realization that our Sun was merely one of billions of stars in the galaxy. ...

dateOct 07, 2016 in Astronomy
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What happens when black holes collide?

The sign of a truly great scientific theory is by the outcomes it predicts when you run experiments or perform observations. And one of the greatest theories ever proposed was the concept of Relativity, described by Albert ...

dateOct 05, 2016 in Astronomy
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