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First detection of super-earth atmosphere

For the first time astronomers were able to analyse the atmosphere of an exoplanet in the class known as super-Earths. Using data gathered with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and new analysis techniques, the exoplanet ...

dateFeb 16, 2016 in Astronomy
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Messier 3 (M3) – the NGC 5272 globular cluster

During the late 18th century, Charles Messier began to notice a series of "nebulous" objects in the night sky which he originally mistook for comets. With the hope of preventing other astronomers from making the same mistake, ...

dateFeb 16, 2016 in Astronomy
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Star formation in distant galaxy clusters

The first stars appeared about one hundred million years after the big bang, and ever since then stars and star formation processes have lit up the cosmos, producing heavy elements, planets, black holes, and arguably all ...

dateFeb 15, 2016 in Astronomy
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Hubble watches the icy blue wings of Hen 2-437

In this cosmic snapshot, the spectacularly symmetrical wings of Hen 2-437 show up in a magnificent icy blue hue. Hen 2-437 is a planetary nebula, one of around 3,000 such objects known to reside within the Milky Way.

dateFeb 15, 2016 in Astronomy
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Proto-planet has two masters

A Rice University researcher will discuss images that may show the formation of a planet—or a planetary system—around a distant binary star at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science ...

dateFeb 13, 2016 in Astronomy
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