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Planet found in nearest star system to Earth
A planet with a mass similar to Earth has been detected in our nearest star system, Alpha Centauri.
'Einstein's planet' discovered by relativistic beaming effect
Volunteers will power the search for warps in space
Herschel finds hot gas surrounding the black hole at the heart of our Galaxy
Spitzer puts exoplanets in the lab
Astronomers detect record breaking gamma ray burst
Planet hunting Kepler faces pointing problem
Astronomers examine efficient star making factory
Astronomers combining data from WISE, Hubble and IRAM have found one of the most efficient star-making galaxies ever observed.
Record-breaking pulsar confirms Einstein's theory of general relativity
The most massive neutron star confirmed so far, orbited by a white dwarf star, are being used to test Einstein's theory of general relativity.
Star's two waterworlds may be home to life
NASA scientists have discovered an alien solar system that they believe has two rocky planets that are completely submerged under water.
Maximum starburst in the early Universe
Astronomers have discovered a galaxy from the very early Universe turning gas and dust into stars more than 2,000 times faster than our own Milky Way
Computer simulations show how spiral galaxies get their arms
New computer simulations are being used to discover how spiral galaxies develop, and hold onto, their distinctive arms.
Herschel finds a dust belt surrounding a subgiant planetary system
ESA's Herchel has obtained the first images of a dust belt orbiting a subgiant star known to host a planetary system.
ISS experiment finds a hint of dark matter
A $2 billion experiment on the outside of the International Space Station may have found fresh clues to the existence of an invisible substance called dark matter.
Closest new stars found for a century
A pair of brown dwarf stars that lie only 6.
A new class of supernova has been discovered
Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA)have discovered a third type of supernova
Exoplanet research draws public support
Exoplanet research provides opportunities for the public to participate in the work, and in some cases, to informally name planets.
Planck sheds new light on the ancient Universe
A European space mission has peered billions of years back in time to produce the most accurate and detailed map ever of the first light produced by the Universe.
Discoveries begin as ALMA officially opens
The official inauguration of ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, has been marked by discovery as well as ceremony.
Alien life may be hard to find or non-existent
A recent Royal Society talk argued that extraterrestrial life may be hidden from human knowledge, or simply non-existent.
Hubble dates oldest known star
Astronomers using Hubble have managed to more accurately age the oldest known star.
Giant planet 'caught in act of forming'
Astronomers believe that they have spotted for the first time a planet in the act of forming from a disc of dust and gas circling a nearby star.
Evidence for extraterrestrial life might come from white dwarf stars
A new theoretical study suggests that it will be possible to search for oxygen in the atmosphere of a habitable planet orbiting a white dwarf star.
NASA's Kepler discovers small planet system
NASA's Kepler space telescope, which is searching the Galaxy for planets, has discovered a planetary system of with the smallest planet, designated Kepler-37b, so far discovered around a Sun-like star
SETI draws a blank in a million to one shot
SETI's first targeted search of Kepler's confirmed planets has found no sign of intelligent life in our Galaxy.
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