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Astronomers solve decades old celestial archaeology mystery

Leicester - New research from an international team of astronomers from the UK's University of Leicester and the University of Arizona sheds light on how stars reaching the end of their useful life and collapsing in on themselves become polluted.
In the Media by Robert Myles

ESA's new Plato planet hunter will examine a million star systems

Warwick - The European Space Agency announced Wednesday that a new space-based observatory to search for planets orbiting alien stars will form the third plank of the ESA’s medium-class (M-class) science missions.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Astronomers map weird brown dwarf where molten iron rains

Heidelberg - An international team of astronomers has produced the first ever map of the weather on the surface of the nearest astronomical oddity, known as a brown dwarf, to Earth.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Former water world discovered in deep space

Warwick - Astrophysicists from the universities of Warwick and Cambridge in the UK have found evidence of what was once a water-rich rocky planet outside our solar system, by analysing the atmosphere of white dwarf star GD 61.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Life on Earth: Gone in a billion years for want of carbon dioxide

Saint Andrews - But the bad news for any man-made global warming skeptics is: it won’t happen tomorrow, or next year or even next millennium.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

New star system discovered in Earth's backyard

A professor at Penn State’s Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds has discovered a binary star system comprising a pair of brown dwarf stars, just 6.5 light years from the Sun. In astronomical terms, the new system is in Earth's backyard.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 2 comments

'Extremely Large Telescopes' could detect oxygen on exoplanets

New telescopes such as the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) soon to come into use will be able to hunt for life by determining whether the atmospheres of small terrestrial exoplanets contain oxygen or other biomarker gases.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 2 comments

Kepler Space Telescope’s continuing mission to seek exoplanets

During the three or so years since launch NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has discovered many new planets outwith our solar system – exoplanets. NASA has announced that Kepler will continue boldly seeking out new celestial bodies, at least till 2016.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 2 comments

Lost in Space: Orphaned planet may help explain planet formation

Using the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Very Large Telescope and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, astronomers have discovered an orphaned planet meandering through space without a parent star or solar system.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 2 comments

Astronomers find potentially habitable planet HD 40307 g

Scientists have found a new exoplanet that they believe may have the right conditions to support life. The new planet, called HD 40307 g, is part of a six-planet system.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 6 comments
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Artist s impression of a rocky and water-rich asteroid being torn apart by the strong gravity of the...
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Artist's impression of a rocky and water-rich asteroid being torn apart by the strong gravity of the white dwarf star GD 61. Similar objects in the Solar System likely delivered the bulk of water on Earth
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