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New kind of variable star discovered

WASHINGTON: Astronomers have discovered a new class of variable stars by measuring minute variations in stellar brightness. The new results are based on regular measurements of the brightness of more than 3,000 stars in the open star cluster NGC 3766, about 7,000 light-years from Earth in the southern constellation of Centaurus, over a period of seven years. The findings reveal ... Read More »

Giant planet may explain evolution of solar system, increase chances of discovering life

It’s a discovery that could increase the odds of discovering life outside of our own solar system. According to astronomers, the atmosphere of a massive exoplanet contains water vapor and carbon monoxide– two components that may increase the chances that life-giving elements are scattered throughout the universe. Astronomers say the new analysis provides high-resolution data on the chemistry, gravity and atmosphere ... Read More »

Astronomers pin down distance to Milky Way's neighbour galaxy

Astronomers have for the first time accurately measured the distance to one of the Milky Way”s neighbouring galaxy – and it is just 163,000 light-years away. Scientists using telescopes at European Southern Observatory”s La Silla Observatory in Chile as well as others around the globe found the nearby dwarf galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud lies 163,000 light-years away. The ... Read More »

A Star Is Born? No, But Maybe a Planet

Astronomers have spotted what they believe is a planet in the dramatic and violent process of being born in another solar system, an event that may shed light on how planets come into being. An international team of researchers said the so-called protoplanet has a mass that appears to be at least the size of Jupiter, and perhaps two to ... Read More »

Astronomers discover new mini planet beyond Earth's solar system

Zeenews Bureau Cape Canaveral: Astronomers from NASA’s Kepler project have discovered a mini planet which is the smallest known world outside our solar system. The planet is the innermost of three circling a yellow star similar to the sun and is named Kepler-37. Thomas Barclay, who works with NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, was quoted as telling ... Read More »

Star formation in Universe has declined by ’97 per cent’

Cosmic GDP crashes! Astronomers have discovered that the rate of formation of new stars in the Universe has drastically reduced to only 1/30th of its peak and that this decline is set to continue. In the largest-of-its-kind study ever, scientists carried out the most complete survey ever made of star-forming galaxies at different distances, with around ten times the data ... Read More »

Why is our galaxy still ringing like a bell?

Our Milky Way had an encounter with a small galaxy or massive dark matter structure perhaps as recently as 100 million years ago, and as a result of that encounter it is still ringing like a bell, revealed new evidence discovered by an international team of astronomers. The discovery is based on observations of 300,000 nearby Milky Way stars by ... Read More »