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Stars akin to the Sun also explode when they die

The birth of planetary nebulae, resulting from the death of low and intermediate mass stars, is usually thought of as a slow process, in contrast with the intense supernovae that massive stars produce. But ...

dateFeb 16, 2015 in Astronomy
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250 years of planetary detection in 60 seconds

Early astronomers realized some of the "stars" in the sky were planets in our Solar System, and really, only then did we realize Earth is a planet too. Now, we're finding planets around other stars, and thanks ...

dateFeb 12, 2015 in Astronomy
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Why does the Milky Way rotate?

We live in a galaxy that is called the Milky Way. It's called a barred spiral galaxy, which means that it has a spiral shape with a bar of stars across its middle. The galaxy is rather huge—at least 100,000 ...

dateFeb 11, 2015 in Astronomy
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Do stars move?

We know that Earth is not the center of the universe—let alone the Solar System—but looking at the sky, it's easy to get confused. Stars appear to be rising and setting, as well as the planets, Moon and ...

dateFeb 10, 2015 in Astronomy
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How fast is the universe expanding?

The Universe is expanding, but how quickly is it expanding? How far away is everything getting from everything else? And how do we know any of this anyway?

dateFeb 10, 2015 in Astronomy
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How do we study the Sun?

A quick think about optical astronomy would have you imagine that most of it takes place at night. Isn't that when the stars and galaxies come out to play? Well, that assumption makes at least one glaring ...

dateFeb 09, 2015 in Space Exploration
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How big is the biggest star we have ever found?

The universe is such a big place that it is easy to get baffled by the measurements that astronomers make. The size of UY Scuti, possibly one of the largest stars we have observed to date, is certainly baffling.

dateFeb 09, 2015 in Astronomy
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What is a Wolf-Rayet star?

Wolf-Rayet stars represent a final burst of activity before a huge star begins to die. These stars, which are at least 20 times more massive than the Sun, "live fast and die hard", according to NASA.

dateFeb 06, 2015 in Astronomy
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