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Found: Earth-like planet in two-sun system. Are there more?

Astronomers have spotted an Earth-like planet orbiting a single star in a two-star system, roughly 3,000 light-years away.<p>The newly found world is the second Earth-like planet to be observed in a compact binary star system, but its discovery suggests there may be just as many planets in two-star …

Cosmic Cannibalism Reveals How Galaxies Grow

Changing Planet<p>The Umbrella galaxy takes its name from a mysterious feature (seen at left), which has now been found to be debris from a tiny galaxy that was shredded by gravity. Courtesy of R. Jay Gabany<p><b>The largest telescopes in the world have spied a Milky Way lookalike, some 62 million</b> …

Supermassive black hole creates awesome 'fireworks display' in space

Happy Fourth of July, space lovers!<p>To help you celebrate the holiday,<p>NASA'sChandra X-Ray Observatory released this image of a galactic "fireworks display" in a galaxy 23 million light years away.<p>That crazy explosion of color and light in the image above is the NGC 4258 galaxy seen in a variety of …

Black Holes

Millions of Stars May Be Made of Nothing But Metal

An astronomer at the California Institute of Technology has discovered that some stars — maybe as many as 1 in 10,000 — are made entirely of …

Scientists Use Ultrasound To Read The Heartbeats Of Young Stars

Something as seemingly simple as determining the age of a star has challenged astronomers for years, but now researchers reckon they’ve found the answer in the same technology we use to monitor our own young – ultrasounds.<p>The life cycle of a star is a complex thing. They’re most often born in …

New moon is April 15-16

New moon is April 16 at 01:57 UTC … the evening of April 15 for the Americas. Especially in North America, you might see an extremely young moon, …

How the Pillars of Creation were created

The famous Hubble ‘Pillars of Creation’ image was made in 1995. New research suggests how these finger-like structures of interstellar gas and dust …

Cosmology

Astronomers discover Earth-sized 'diamond' 900 light years away

The world's largest diamond, the Cullinan, is a tad over 3,100 carats uncut. Its estimated value is some $2 billion, and it only weighs about 1.37 pounds. That stone, while enormous relative to others like it, is but an invisible speck when up against the Earth-sized diamond discovered 900 light …

Triple Monster Black Hole Discovered

Sometimes big, bad things comes in threes, including jumbo black holes.<p>The discovery of a trio of jumbo black holes circling the center of a distant galaxy, reported by astronomers on Wednesday, suggests that pairs or triplets of such monsters may be surprisingly common.<p>Astronomers have learned …