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A cosmic inkblot test

(PhysOrg.com) -- If this were an inkblot test, you might see a bow tie or a butterfly depending on your personality. An astronomer would likely see the remains of a dying star scattered about space -- precisely ...

dateAug 11, 2011 in Astronomy
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Has graphene been detected in space?

(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of astronomers, using the Spitzer Space Telescope, have reported the first extragalactic detection of the C70 fullerene molecule, and the possible detection of planar C24 ("a piece of graphene ...

dateAug 11, 2011 in Astronomy
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How much do binary stars shape planetary nebulae?

Planetary nebulae come in a dazzling array of shapes, from spherical shells of gas, to blobby structures barely containing symmetry at all. Controversy has surrounded the cause for this diversity. Could it ...

dateJun 16, 2011 in Astronomy
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WISE image reveals strange specimen in starry sea

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows what looks like a glowing jellyfish floating at the bottom of a dark, speckled sea. In reality, this critter belongs to the ...

dateNov 17, 2010 in Astronomy
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A New Method of Estimating Stellar Distances

(PhysOrg.com) -- The star Chi Cygni is located about 550 light-years away, in the direction of the constellation of Cygnus the Swan. It is a notable star because, unlike the sun which still burns hydrogen ...

dateDec 21, 2009 in Astronomy
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