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Watery, rocky planets may be common in the Milky Way

( -- An international team of astronomers have discovered compelling evidence that rocky planets are commonplace in our Galaxy. Leicester University scientist and lead researcher Dr Jay Farihi surveyed white dwarfs, ...

dateApr 13, 2010 in Astronomy
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Runaway binary stars

CfA astronomers made a remarkable and fortuitous discovery in 2005: an extremely fast moving star, clocked going over three million kilometers an hour. It appears to have been ejected from the vicinity of the galactic center's ...

dateOct 07, 2013 in Astronomy
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Telescopes help solve ancient supernova mystery

( -- A mystery that began nearly 2,000 years ago, when Chinese astronomers witnessed what would turn out to be an exploding star in the sky, has been solved. New infrared observations from NASA's Spitzer Space ...

dateOct 24, 2011 in Astronomy
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XMM-Newton uncovers a celestial Rosetta stone

( -- ESA's XMM-Newton orbiting X-ray telescope has uncovered a celestial Rosetta stone: the first close-up of a white dwarf star, circling a companion star, that could explode into a particular kind of supernova ...

dateSep 03, 2009 in Astronomy
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Supernovae mystery solved

( -- Supernovae are gigantic stellar explosions that can be seen across the entire universe. Type Ia supernovae are a relatively homogeneous class of stellar explosions, which researchers use as 'standard candles' ...

dateJun 30, 2010 in General Physics
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The remarkable remains of a recent supernova

( —Astronomers estimate that a star explodes as a supernova in our Galaxy, on average, about twice per century. In 2008, a team of scientists announced they discovered the remains of a supernova that is the most ...

dateJun 26, 2013 in Astronomy
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