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Record-Breaking Galaxy Is So Big It Acts Like a Magnifying Glass

Some galaxies are so positively massive that their gravity actually distorts the light from objects behind it, turning the entire galaxy into our very own intergalactic magnifying glass. And ...

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Fermi satellite detects gamma-rays from exploding novae

The Universe is home to a variety of exotic objects and beautiful phenomena, some of which can generate almost inconceivable amounts of energy. ASU Regents' Professor Sumner Starrfield is part ...

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Young binary star system may form planets with weird and wild orbits

Unlike our solitary Sun, most stars form in binary pairs—two stars that orbit a common center of mass. Though remarkably plentiful, binaries pose a number of questions, including how and where ...

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Astronomers weigh up Milky Way

The Milky Way is lighter than previously thought and is only about half the mass of a neighbouring galaxy, researchers conclude.

Wed 30 Jul 14 from BBC News

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Lego 'Guardians of the Galaxy' trailer is the best one yet

To entice audiences to get out to the movies this weekend, Marvel releases one final trailer for "Guardians of the Galaxy."

7 hours ago from CNET

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Research finds numerous unknown jets from young stars and planetary nebulae

For many years astronomers have known that young 'protostars' drive supersonic jets of gas from their north and south poles. However, this is the first time that so many of them have been detected ...

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Revolutionary microshutter technology hurdles significant challenges

NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb ...

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Science Graphic of the Week: Jupiter's Huge, Crazy Magnetic Field

The image above shows a simulation of Jupiter’s magnetic field, whose intricate complexities make it extremely difficult to accurately model. While it may look like the gas giant is vomiting ...

13 hours ago from Wired Science

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Mysterious molecules in space

Over the vast, empty reaches of interstellar space, countless small molecules tumble quietly though the cold vacuum. Forged in the fusion furnaces of ancient stars and ejected into space when ...

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Gaia satellite begins five year quest to create 3D map of one billion stars

The largest camera ever launched into space has reached its destination 1.5 million kilometres from Earth to begin work on "the most precise three dimensional map of our galaxy" ever recorded.

9 hours ago from The Independent

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