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Astronomers probe young star and its planets

13 hours 19 min ago
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.
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Alma reveals intense magnetic field close to supermassive black hole

13 hours 19 min ago
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.
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A cold cosmic mystery solved

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 03:00
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.
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Icy tendrils reaching into Saturn ring traced to their source

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 03:00
Scientists have been able to show that each unique tendril structure can be reproduced by particular sets of geysers on Enceladus’ surface.
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NASA’s New Horizons nears historic encounter with Pluto

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 03:00
In an unprecedented flyby this July, our knowledge of what the Pluto system is really like will expand exponentially.
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Dawn glimpses Ceres’ north pole

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 03:00
These images represent the highest-resolution views of Ceres to date.
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Giant galaxies die from the inside out

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 03:00
Observations show that star formation shuts down in the centers of elliptical galaxies first.
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Spitzer, Ogle spot planet deep within our galaxy

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 03:00
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.
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Dark matter may not be completely dark after all

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 03:00
Researchers observed four colliding galaxies and found that one dark matter clump appeared to be lagging behind the galaxy it surrounds.
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Rosetta and Philae find comet not magnetized

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 03:00
The only magnetic field the instruments measured at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was an external one.
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NASA-funded study explains Saturn’s epic tantrums

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:00
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.
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Mars’ rover’s weather data bolster case for brine

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:00
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.
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Dawn’s Ceres color map reveals surface diversity

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 03:00
Differences in morphology and color across the surface suggest the dwarf planet was once an active body.
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Mars has belts of glaciers consisting of frozen water

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 03:00
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.
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Our Sun came late to the Milky Way's star birth party

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 03:00
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.
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A new view of the Moon's formation

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:00
A crucial difference in the “fingerprints” of Earth and the Moon confirms an explosive, interconnected past.
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Sun experiences seasonal changes, new research finds

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 03:00
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.
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Complex organic molecules discovered in infant star system

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 03:00
The discovery reveals that the protoplanetary disk surrounding the million-year-old star MWC 480 is brimming with methyl cyanide.
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ALMA sees Einstein ring in stunning image of lensed galaxy

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:00
Forged by the chance alignment of two distant galaxies, this striking ring-like structure is a rare and peculiar manifestation of gravitational lensing.
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ALMA disentangles complex birth of giant stars

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:00
Observation results show the presence of multiple gas outflows from a protostar, indicating the possible existence of two newborn stars in the region.
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