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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.
Measuring the infrastructure of a gamma-ray burst's high-speed jet
Astronomers puzzled by planet that should not exist
Cassini captures movie of Saturn's mysterious hexagon
Hubble finds water in atmospheres of alien worlds
ALMA records a young star's explosive birth
Hubble, ALMA and Spitzer discover a trio of galaxies from the cosmic dawn
Monster gamma-ray burst seen in cosmic neighbourhood
Three NASA space telescopes, Fermi, Swift and NuSTAR, have observed one of the closest gamma-ray bursts ever observed in the Universe
A whole lotta shakin' goin' on thanks to Mars
Planetary scientists have discovered new clues about how Mars affects close-passing asteroids, shaking up their surfaces to alter their composition
Hubble snaps a dazzling cosmic jewel box
The Hubble Space Telescope has taken a stunning image of Messier 15, a cluster of stars that resembles a sparkling cosmic jewelbox
Hubble reveals the first pictures of how our galaxy formed
The Hubble Space Telescope has revealed the first visual evidence of how our galaxy, the Milky Way, assembled itself into the spiral of stars we see today.
Scientists examine the feeding habits of a black hole
ESA’s XMM-Newton observatory has made a surprising discovery about the cocktail of particles that are ejected from a black hole binary system called 4U1630–47 in our Galaxy.
Spitzer and ALMA combine forces to reveal stellar birth
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have combined forces to reveal the throes of stellar birth as never before.
Design contracts awarded for super-telescope array
A big step towards the construction of the world's largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project, has occurred with the award of design contracts.
One billion habitable planets in the Milky Way
A fifth of stars like the Sun in our Milky Way galaxy have Earth-sized planets that could be home to life, according to a new study of Kepler data by American astronomers.
Rare hybrid solar eclipse sweeps the globe
A rare hide-and-seek event called a hybrid solar eclipse was observed around the world yesterday from the eastern USA to east Africa.
Chilean lands transferred for giant telescope's construction
Chile transferred lands to the European Southern Observatory for construction of the world's largest optical telescope, the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).
Astronomers puzzled by alien planetary construction site
A newly-forming planetary system has surprised astronomers because it contains not only rocky building blocks of planets but also primordial gas that should have been swept away long ago.
Astronomers identify farthest known galaxy in the Universe
The most remote galaxy known in the Universe has been discovered in a Hubble Space Telescope image at a distance of more than 13 billion light-years.
New Milky Way survey maps hidden pockets of starbirth
Astronomers have completed the largest-ever survey of dense gas clouds in the Milky Way.
Newborn planet found drifting alone in space
Astronomers have discovered a young free-floating planet that is not orbiting a star.
Astronomers link up to discover an asteroid's secrets
Amateur and professional astronomers have combined observations to produce a detailed look at an asteroid with two moons.
Missing link discovered between two types of pulsar
Astronomers have discovered a pulsar that is swinging between two types of behaviour, demonstrating a missing link in these exotic objects' evolution
Long arms of hot gas discovered in the Coma cluster of galaxies
Astronomers have discovered enormous arms of hot gas, which span at least half a million light years, in the Coma cluster of galaxies.
Astronomers discover magnetic jets of a dying star
Scientists have observed, for the first time, a high-speed, magnetic jet of charged particles that glow with radio waves, emanating from a dying star.
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