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Monstrous cloud boomerangs back to our galaxy

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:00
Though hundreds of enormous high-velocity gas clouds whiz around the outskirts of our galaxy, this so-called "Smith Cloud" is unique because its trajectory is well known.
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Giant star clusters make new stars by “adopting” stray cosmic gases

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:00
Globular clusters can somehow bear second or even third sets of thousands of sibling stars.
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Telescopes team up to produce highest-resolution astronomical image

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 05:00
Sixteen telescopes from space and the ground revealed a gorging black hole in a galaxy 900 million light-years from Earth.
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Dark matter affects architecture of galaxy clusters

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:00
A new study suggests that the internal structure of a cluster is linked to the dark matter environment surrounding it.
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Lonely planet has a parent star after all

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:00
Once thought to be a free-floating planet, astronomers have now discovered it orbits its star only once every 900,000 years.
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Primitive star offers clues about the early universe

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 05:00
This new, brightest example of an ultra metal-poor star will help astronomers understand how the first stars in the universe lived and died.
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All the classical planets align under one sky this week

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 05:00
For those willing to brave January’s cold, five planets will look spectacular before sunrise all week.
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Theorists propose a new method to probe the beginning of the universe

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 05:00
New research suggests the existence of "primordial standard clocks,” in the form of heavy particles, which can be used to measure the passage of time at the universe's birth.
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Dark 'noodles' may lurk in the Milky Way

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:00
Invisible structures shaped like noodles, lasagna sheets, or hazelnuts could be floating around in our galaxy radically challenging our understanding of gas conditions in the Milky Way.
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The aliens are silent because they are extinct

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:00
In research aiming to understand how life might develop, scientists realized new life would commonly die out due to runaway heating or cooling on their fledgling planets.
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Nearing the limits of life on Earth

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:00
Failure to find active microbes in coldest Antarctic soils has implications for the search for life on Mars.
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Researchers see signs of a real Planet X

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:00
The gravitational tug on outer solar system objects indicates this giant world -- if it exists -- would be 5,000 times more massive than Pluto and take up to 20,000 years to orbit the Sun.
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Green pea galaxy provides insights to early universe evolution

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 05:00
This type of galaxy represents a special and rare class in the nearby universe, and it is believed to host stellar explosions or winds strong enough to eject ionizing photons.
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Signs of second largest black hole in the Milky Way

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 05:00
Astronomers assume that this possible “intermediate mass” black hole is a key to understanding the birth of supermassive black holes located in the centers of galaxies.
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