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A cold super-Earth in our neighbourhood

Artist’s impression of the surface on the planet “Barnard’s Star b”. © Image: ESO/M. Kornmesser   A cold super-Earth in our neighbourhood Barnard’s star, the closest single star, hosts an exoplanet An international group of astronomers, involving the Max Planck ...

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Finding answers at a galactic fountain

Composite image of the Abell 2597 galaxy cluster showing the fountain-like flow of gas powered by the supermassive black hole in the central galaxy. (Credit: ALMA [ESO/NAOJ/NRAO], Tremblay et al.; NRAO/AUI/NSF, B. Saxton; NASA/Chandra; ESO/VLT)   Finding answers at a ...

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E.T., we’re home

An MIT study proposes that laser technology on Earth could emit a beacon strong enough to attract attention from as far as 20,000 light years away. Image: MIT News   E.T., we’re home Existing laser technology could be fashioned into ...

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Dying Star Emits a Whisper

The three panels represent moments before, during, and after the faint supernova iPTF14gqr, visible in the middle panel, appeared in the outskirts of a spiral galaxy located 920 million light years away. The massive star that died in the supernova ...

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How the Seeds of Planets Take Shape

  How the Seeds of Planets Take Shape Caltech researchers discover a new mechanism for describing planet formation, stellar winds, and more In theoretical research that could explain everything from planet formation to outflows from stars, to even the settling ...

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A Universe Aglow

A Universe Aglow Deep observations made with the MUSE spectrograph on ESO’s Very Large Telescope have uncovered vast cosmic reservoirs of atomic hydrogen surrounding distant galaxies. The exquisite sensitivity of MUSE allowed for direct observations of dim clouds of hydrogen ...

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