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Stars reveal the secrets of looking young

In certain circumstances, stars can be given a new burst of life, receiving extra fuel that bulks them up and substantially brightens them. This can happen if one star pulls matter off a neighbour, or if they collide.

Posted: Dec 19th, 2012

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Closest Sun-like star may have planets

An international team of scientists, including Carnegie's Paul Butler, has discovered that Tau Ceti, one of the closest and most Sun-like stars, may have five planets.

Posted: Dec 19th, 2012

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A swoosh in space: Merry Christmas from Hubble

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope celebrates the holiday season with a striking image of the planetary nebula NGC 5189. The intricate structure of the stellar eruption looks like a giant and brightly coloured ribbon in space.

Posted: Dec 18th, 2012

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How white dwarfs mimic black holes

New research has revealed that bright X-ray flares in nearby galaxies, once assumed to indicate the presence of black holes, can in fact be produced by white dwarfs.

Posted: Dec 17th, 2012

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Hot iron in the cosmos

A precision experiment has provided details of the X-ray emissions from highly ionised iron, advancing our understanding of black holes and supernovae.

Posted: Dec 16th, 2012

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Study reveals a remarkable symmetry in black hole jets

A new study using data from NASA's Swift satellite and Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope shows that high-speed jets launched from active black holes possess fundamental similarities regardless of mass, age or environment. The result provides a tantalizing hint that common physical processes are at work.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2012

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Twin NASA spacecraft prepare to crash into moon

Twin lunar-orbiting NASA spacecraft that have allowed scientists to learn more about the internal structure and composition of the moon are being prepared for their controlled descent and impact on a mountain near the moon's north pole at about 5:28 p.m. EST Monday, Dec. 17.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2012

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