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Pleiades distance debate resolved, say radio astronomers

New study contradicts controversial Hipparcos analysis

5 hours ago from Physics World

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Spitzer telescope witnesses asteroid smashup

(Phys.org) —NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually ...

Thu 28 Aug 14 from Phys.org

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Explainer: How does our sun shine?

What makes our sun shine has been a mystery for most of human history. Given our sun is a star and stars are suns, explaining the source of the sun's energy would help us understand why stars ...

Thu 28 Aug 14 from Phys.org

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NASA telescopes study giant galaxy – provide a glimpse at star creation in the early universe

NASA's Hubble and Spitzer telescopes have been used to examine a distant elliptical galaxy known as Sparky. The observations represent the first glimpse at the earliest stages of massive galaxy ...

Thu 28 Aug 14 from Gizmag

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Radioactive Cobalt Detected In A Supernova Explosion

Astrophysicists have detected the formation of radioactive cobalt during a supernova explosion, lending credence to a corresponding theory of supernova explosions.  The article's main author, ...

13 hours ago from Science 2.0

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Dead stars 'can re-ignite' and blow

Astronomers have shown that dead stars known as white dwarfs can re-ignite and explode as supernovas.

Thu 28 Aug 14 from BBC News

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Orion rocks: Pebble-size particles may jump-start planet formation

Rocky planets like Earth start out as microscopic bits of dust tinier than a grain of sand, or so theories predict.

Wed 27 Aug 14 from Phys.org

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Evidence for supernovas near Earth

Once every 50 years, more or less, a massive star explodes somewhere in the Milky Way. The resulting blast is terrifyingly powerful, pumping out more energy in a split second than the sun emits ...

Wed 27 Aug 14 from Phys.org

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Mysteries of space dust revealed

The first analysis of space dust collected by a special collector onboard NASA's Stardust mission and sent back to Earth for study in 2006 suggests the tiny specks open a door to studying the ...

14 hours ago from Phys.org

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Sky Sports News HQ comes to Now TV

Following Sky's big Sky Sports News rebrand, it was only a matter of time until the updated channel made its way to the broadcaster's Now TV set-top box. Already delivering breaking news on ...

Thu 28 Aug 14 from Engadget

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