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Orphaned protostars

Stars form as gravity contracts the gas and dust in an interstellar cloud until clumps develop that are dense enough to coalesce into stars. Precisely how this happens, however, is very uncertain, and the processes are hard ...

dateJul 25, 2016 in Astronomy
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Space... the final frontier

Fifty years ago Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise began their journey into space—the final frontier. Now, as the newest Star Trek film hits cinemas, the NASA/ESA Hubble space telescope is also exploring ...

dateJul 21, 2016 in Astronomy
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NASA seeks picometer accuracy

Finding and characterizing dozens of Earth-like planets will require a super-stable space telescope whose optical components move or distort no more than a few picometers—a measurement smaller than the size of an atom. ...

dateJul 19, 2016 in Space Exploration
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Kepler confirms more than 100 planets in single trove

An international team of astronomers have discovered and confirmed a treasure trove of new worlds. The researchers achieved this extraordinary discovery of exoplanets by combining NASA's K2 mission data with follow-up observations ...

dateJul 18, 2016 in Astronomy
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Warm Jupiters not as lonely as expected

After analyzing four years of Kepler space telescope observations, astronomers from the University of Toronto have given us our clearest understanding yet of a class of exoplanets called "Warm Jupiters", showing that many ...

dateJul 14, 2016 in Astronomy
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A 'matryoshka' in the interstellar medium

As if it were one of the known Russian dolls, a group of astronomers, led by researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, (IAC) has found the first known case of three supernova remnants one inside the other. ...

dateJul 14, 2016 in Astronomy
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