News tagged with space observatory

New molecules around old stars

(Phys.org) —Using ESA's Herschel space observatory, astronomers have discovered that a molecule vital for creating water exists in the burning embers of dying Sun-like stars.

Jun 17, 2014
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Retired star found with planets and debris disc

(Phys.org) —ESA's Herschel space observatory has provided the first images of a dust belt – produced by colliding comets or asteroids – orbiting a subgiant star known to host a planetary system. The ...

Apr 09, 2013
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Black hole wakes up and has a light snack

(Phys.org) —Astronomers have watched as a black hole woke up from a decades-long slumber to feed on a low-mass object – either a brown dwarf or a giant planet – that strayed too close. A similar feeding ...

Apr 02, 2013
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Stars reveal the secrets of looking young

Some people are in great shape at the age of 90, while others are decrepit before they're 50. We know that how fast people age is only loosely linked to how old they actually are—and may have more to do ...

Dec 19, 2012
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