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The planetary system HR8799, a young star only 30 million years old, was the first to be directly imaged with three planets found in 2008 and a fourth one in 2010.
This new observation helps astronomers understand the structure and formation of these massive inhabitants of the centers of galaxies and the twin high-speed jets of plasma they frequently eject from their poles.
A team of astronomers may have found an explanation for the existence of the Cold Spot, a larger-than-expected cold area of the sky.
Scientists have been able to show that each unique tendril structure can be reproduced by particular sets of geysers on Enceladus’ surface.
In an unprecedented flyby this July, our knowledge of what the Pluto system is really like will expand exponentially.
These images represent the highest-resolution views of Ceres to date.
Observations show that star formation shuts down in the centers of elliptical galaxies first.
The discovery demonstrates that Spitzer can be used to help solve the puzzle of how planets are distributed throughout our flat, spiral-shaped Milky Way Galaxy.
Researchers observed four colliding galaxies and found that one dark matter clump appeared to be lagging behind the galaxy it surrounds.
The only magnetic field the instruments measured at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was an external one.
The tempests on Saturn, which can grow into bright bands that encircle the entire planet, are on a natural timer that is reset by each subsequent storm.
Perchlorate, identified in martian soil by the Curiosity mission, has properties of absorbing water vapor from the atmosphere and lowering the freezing temperature of water.
Differences in morphology and color across the surface suggest the dwarf planet was once an active body.
New studies have calculated the amount of water in these central latitudes, and it is the equivalent of all of Mars being covered by more than 1 meter of ice.
Scientists have found that the while the Sun formed 5 billion years ago, the peak of star formation out galaxy likely occurred 5 billion years earlier.
A crucial difference in the “fingerprints” of Earth and the Moon confirms an explosive, interconnected past.
This behavior affects the peaks and valleys in the approximately 11-year solar cycle, sometimes amplifying and sometimes weakening the solar storms that can buffet Earth’s atmosphere.
The discovery reveals that the protoplanetary disk surrounding the million-year-old star MWC 480 is brimming with methyl cyanide.
Forged by the chance alignment of two distant galaxies, this striking ring-like structure is a rare and peculiar manifestation of gravitational lensing.
Observation results show the presence of multiple gas outflows from a protostar, indicating the possible existence of two newborn stars in the region.