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A massive cotton candy-like exoplanet stumps astronomers

Low-density “cotton candy planets” continue to be a cosmic puzzle for astronomers. Despite being 50 percent bigger than the gas…

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Astronomers still haven’t decided if Planet 9 is real

Almost a decade after astronomers proposed the existence of Planet 9, an unseen extra planet in the distant reaches of…

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Astronomers fight to save a major X-ray space telescope

One of NASA’s Great Observatories may soon meet an untimely demise. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory—an orbiting telescope launched in 1999…

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Astronomers have found what may be the smallest galaxy ever

This deep sky image (left) contains a star cluster (right) that could be the faintest and smallest galaxy ever seen…

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Persistent hiccups in a far-off galaxy draw astronomers to new black hole behavior

At the heart of a far-off galaxy, a supermassive black hole appears to have had a case of the hiccups.…

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Astronomers spot oldest ‘dead’ galaxy yet observed

A galaxy that suddenly stopped forming new stars more than 13 billion years ago has been observed by astronomers. Using…

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Astronomers measure heaviest black hole pair ever found

Nearly every massive galaxy hosts a supermassive black hole at its center. When two galaxies merge, their black holes can…

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Astronomers reveal a new link between water and planet formation

Researchers have found water vapour in the disc around a young star exactly where planets may be forming. Water is…

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Astronomers discover heavy elements after bright gamma-ray burst from neutron star merger

An international team of astronomers — including Clemson University astrophysicist Dieter Hartmann — obtained observational evidence for the creation of…

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Astronomers discover new moons orbiting Uranus and Neptune

Astronomers are adding three newly discovered moons to our solar system’s growing list of known celestial bodies.  A team of…

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