NASA’s Fermi Spacecraft Finds Five High Redshift Blazars
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NASA’s Fermi Spacecraft Finds Five High Redshift Blazars

NASA’s Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope has spotted the five most distant gamma-ray blazars — a type of galaxy whose intense emissions are powered by supermassive black holes —…

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Spectacular Photo from ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope Shows Cat’s Paw and Lobster Nebulae
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Spectacular Photo from ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope Shows Cat’s Paw and Lobster Nebulae

A gigantic new image from ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope (VST) gives a detailed view of the stellar nurseries NGC 6334 and NGC 6357. This spectacular image from ESO’s…

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First Observational Evidence of Holographic Universe?
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First Observational Evidence of Holographic Universe?

A ground-breaking study released in the journal Physical Review Letters (arXiv.org version) offers what its authors call ‘the first observational evidence that the Universe could be a complex…

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Hubble Space Telescope Spots ‘Cosmic Calabash’
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Hubble Space Telescope Spots ‘Cosmic Calabash’

A stunning new image of a little-known protoplanetary nebula, the Calabash Nebula, has been captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This Hubble image shows the Calabash Nebula,…

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Astronomers Use Gravitational Lensing to Measure Hubble Constant
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Astronomers Use Gravitational Lensing to Measure Hubble Constant

Astronomers from the international H0LiCOW (H0 Lenses in COSMOGRAIL’s Wellspring) collaboration have made a new measurement of the Hubble constant — a fundamental quantity that describes the rate…

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Researchers Find Seven Isolated Clusters of Dwarf Galaxies
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Researchers Find Seven Isolated Clusters of Dwarf Galaxies

An international team of researchers led by National Radio Astronomy Observatory and University of Virginia astrophysicist Sabrina Stierwalt has spotted seven isolated groups of only dwarf galaxies, the…

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Hubble Spies Cometary Galaxy NGC 4861
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Hubble Spies Cometary Galaxy NGC 4861

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced this beautiful image of the cometary dwarf galaxy NGC 4861. This Hubble image shows the cometary dwarf galaxy NGC 4861, which…

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Astronomers Characterize Wolf 1061 Planetary System
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Astronomers Characterize Wolf 1061 Planetary System

A research team led by San Francisco State University astronomer Stephen Kane has obtained new observations of Wolf 1061, a planetary system known to host at least three…

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‘Ram-Pressure Stripping’ Shuts Off Star Formation in Galaxies, Astronomers Say
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‘Ram-Pressure Stripping’ Shuts Off Star Formation in Galaxies, Astronomers Say

According to a new study published this week in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, a phenomenon called ram-pressure stripping is more prevalent than previously thought.…

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NuSTAR Finds Two Enormous Black Holes in Milky Way’s Neighborhood
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NuSTAR Finds Two Enormous Black Holes in Milky Way’s Neighborhood

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission has identified two gas-enshrouded supermassive black holes, located at the centers of nearby galaxies IC 3639 and NGC 1448. This composite…

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ALMA Captures Its First Images of Sun
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ALMA Captures Its First Images of Sun

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope has been used to study the Sun for the first time. The new ALMA images reveal otherwise invisible details of our…

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Hubble Sees Brilliant Stars in Sagittarius
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Hubble Sees Brilliant Stars in Sagittarius

This colorful view of Milky Way was captured when the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope pointed its Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) towards the constellation of Sagittarius. This Hubble…

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Astronomers Map ‘Elements of Life’ in Milky Way Galaxy
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Astronomers Map ‘Elements of Life’ in Milky Way Galaxy

At the 229th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Jan. 5, 2017, astronomers from the SDSS/APOGEE (Sloan Digital Sky Survey/Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment) project announced…

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Milky Way’s Most Distant Stars Might Be Ripped from Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy
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Milky Way’s Most Distant Stars Might Be Ripped from Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy

Milky Way’s 11 most distant stars are located roughly 300,000 light-years away from us. According to a team of astronomers at Harvard University, five of those stars might…

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Photons Struggle to Escape Early Milky Way-Type Galaxies
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Photons Struggle to Escape Early Milky Way-Type Galaxies

An international team of astronomers has discovered enormous halos of blue, faint light — made of so-called Lyman-alpha photons — around early Milky Way-type galaxies. This artist’s impression…

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Garnet Exoplanets Exist, But Can They Be Habitable?
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Garnet Exoplanets Exist, But Can They Be Habitable?

Astronomers and geoscientists from the United States and Brazil have joined forces to study the mix of major rock-building elements in exoplanet-hosting stars, and to consider what this…

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ESO Joins Breakthrough Initiatives to Search for New Exoplanets in Alpha Centauri System
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ESO Joins Breakthrough Initiatives to Search for New Exoplanets in Alpha Centauri System

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives to adapt ESO’s Very Large Telescope instrumentation to conduct a search for exoplanets in the…

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Hubble Space Telescope Spies Beautiful Spiral Galaxy
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Hubble Space Telescope Spies Beautiful Spiral Galaxy

NASA has released a stunning image snapped by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the galaxy LEDA 1245565. This Hubble Advanced Camera for Surveys image shows the spiral…

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Earth-Moon System as Seen from Mars Orbit
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Earth-Moon System as Seen from Mars Orbit

This image composite combines the best Earth image with the best Moon image from four sets of images acquired on November 20, 2016, by the High Resolution Imaging…

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Astronomers Detect Exocomets Falling into HD 172555
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Astronomers Detect Exocomets Falling into HD 172555

Exocomets are plunging into HD 172555, a nearby young star surrounded by a debris disk, according to a team of astronomers led by Carol Grady of NASA’s Goddard…

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Double-Ringed Elliptical Galaxy Spotted 372 Million Light-Years Away
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Double-Ringed Elliptical Galaxy Spotted 372 Million Light-Years Away

Astronomers have spotted for the first time an elliptical galaxy with two fairly round rings. PGC 1000714 (center). Image credit: Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg / SIMBAD…

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VISTA Captures Detailed Image of Orion A
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VISTA Captures Detailed Image of Orion A

This striking image, captured by ESO’s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA), shows the Orion A molecular cloud, the nearest known massive star factory. This image…

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Repeating ‘Fast Radio Burst’ Found to Originate from Extremely Distant Dwarf Galaxy
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Repeating ‘Fast Radio Burst’ Found to Originate from Extremely Distant Dwarf Galaxy

A large international team of astronomers has uncovered the cosmological source of a repeating ‘fast radio burst’ known as FRB 121102. The globally distributed dishes of the European…

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Hubble Captures Stunning Image of LEDA 52270
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Hubble Captures Stunning Image of LEDA 52270

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken a picture of LEDA 52270, a combination of two gas-rich spiral galaxies. This image, taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys…

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Mysterious Star KIC 8462852 is Near a Continuous Phase Transition, Astronomers Say
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Mysterious Star KIC 8462852 is Near a Continuous Phase Transition, Astronomers Say

A new study by astronomers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, published in the journal Physical Review Letters, links the unexplained changes in the brightness of the…

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NASA’s WISE Spacecraft Spots Two New Near-Earth Objects
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NASA’s WISE Spacecraft Spots Two New Near-Earth Objects

Astronomers using NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have discovered two celestial objects traveling through our neighborhood: 2016 WF9 and C/2016 U1 NEOWISE. An artist’s rendition of 2016…

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ESO’s New Technology Telescope Views Messier 98
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ESO’s New Technology Telescope Views Messier 98

This image snapped by ESO’s New Technology Telescope (NTT), a 3.58-m telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, shows the edge-on spiral galaxy Messier 98. This image…

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Hubble Spots Cosmic Megamaser
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Hubble Spots Cosmic Megamaser

NASA has released a stunning image snapped by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the megamaser galaxy LEDA 58817. This image shows the megamaser galaxy LEDA 58817, which…

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Are Exoplanets Like Those in ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Really Out There?
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Are Exoplanets Like Those in ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Really Out There?

In the ‘Star Wars’ universe, ice, ocean and desert planets burst from the darkness as your ship drops out of light speed. But these worlds might be more…

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Hubble Space Telescope Spies NGC 248
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Hubble Space Telescope Spies NGC 248

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a spectacular image of NGC 248, a glowing pink nebula in the Small Magellanic Cloud. This Hubble image shows NGC 248,…

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NASA Releases Spectacular Image of NGC 6357
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NASA Releases Spectacular Image of NGC 6357

NASA has released an amazing composite image of NGC 6357, a region where radiation from hot, young stars is energizing the surrounding gas and dust. This composite contains…

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World’s Largest Digital Survey of Visible Universe Released
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World’s Largest Digital Survey of Visible Universe Released

The largest digital survey of the visible Universe, mapping billions of stars and galaxies, has been publicly released. Pan-STARRS sky survey. Image credit: Pan-STARRS1 Science Consortium. Astronomers with…

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Hubble Space Telescope Looks at Nearby Spiral
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Hubble Space Telescope Looks at Nearby Spiral

The Hubble team has released a stunning image snapped by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the bright spiral galaxy NGC 4707. This image shows the spiral galaxy…

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‘Cold Neptunes’ are Common, New Study Says
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‘Cold Neptunes’ are Common, New Study Says

A new statistical study of exoplanets found by an innovative technique called gravitational microlensing suggests that so-called ‘cold Neptunes’ are likely the most common type of planet to…

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Protostars Shoot Out Powerful Whirlwinds
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Protostars Shoot Out Powerful Whirlwinds

Astronomers have used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimetre Array (ALMA) to observe the early stages in the formation of a new star system. For the first time, they have…

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Hubble Observes Barred Spiral Galaxy IC 5201
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Hubble Observes Barred Spiral Galaxy IC 5201

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced an incredibly detailed image of IC 5201, a galaxy in the southern constellation of Grus. This Hubble image shows the barred…

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Scientists Find Evidence of Weather Change on Jupiter-Like Exoplanet HAT-P-7b
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Scientists Find Evidence of Weather Change on Jupiter-Like Exoplanet HAT-P-7b

Signs of powerful changing winds have been detected on an extrasolar gaseous planet called HAT-P-7b, which is 40% larger than Jupiter and orbits a star twice as large…

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Kerr Black Hole Eating Sun-like Star Explains Superluminous Explosion ASASSN-15lh
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Kerr Black Hole Eating Sun-like Star Explains Superluminous Explosion ASASSN-15lh

ASASSN-15lh, an extremely bright explosion in a massive galaxy 3.82 billion light-years away, was thought to be the most luminous supernova ever seen. But observations from several space…

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Evidence of Forming Giant Planets Discovered 400 Light-Years from Earth
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Evidence of Forming Giant Planets Discovered 400 Light-Years from Earth

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found compelling evidence that two infant planets — each about the mass of Saturn — are forming around HD…

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Astronomers Find Hyper-Starburst Galaxy 12.7 Billion Light-Years Away
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Astronomers Find Hyper-Starburst Galaxy 12.7 Billion Light-Years Away

Astronomers have used CSIRO’s Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to show that a recently-discovered lensed galaxy has one of the highest rates of…

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Massive Planet-Like Object Found Circling Nearby Red Giant Star
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Massive Planet-Like Object Found Circling Nearby Red Giant Star

A team of astronomers has discovered a giant object — an enormous, Jupiter-like exoplanet or a low-mass brown dwarf — orbiting an ageing red giant called L2 Puppis,…

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Deep Space Images Shed More Light on Dark Matter
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Deep Space Images Shed More Light on Dark Matter

An international research team led by Dr. Massimo Viola from the Leiden Observatory and Dr. Hendrik Hildebrandt from the Argelander-Institut für Astronomie has gained fresh insight into the…

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Hubble Captures Spectacular Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 4388
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Hubble Captures Spectacular Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 4388

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken a colorful photo of NGC 4388, an active spiral galaxy at the core of the Virgo Cluster. This image from the…

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Astronomers Witness Birth of Massive Cluster Galaxy
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Astronomers Witness Birth of Massive Cluster Galaxy

Massive galaxies may grow from cold molecular gas that condenses as stars rather than forming in violent mergers, according to an international team of astronomers that studied a…

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Hubble Space Telescope Observes Hidden Depths of NGC 4696
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Hubble Space Telescope Observes Hidden Depths of NGC 4696

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the most detailed image yet of NGC 4696, an unusual looking galaxy with a bright core wrapped in a system of…

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2015 TC25: Astronomers Find Smallest Known Near-Earth Asteroid
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2015 TC25: Astronomers Find Smallest Known Near-Earth Asteroid

An international team of astronomers led by University of Arizona scientist Dr. Vishnu Reddy has obtained observations of the smallest near-Earth asteroid (NEA) ever characterized in detail. An…

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Star of Bethlehem May Not Have Been Star After All, Says Astrophysicist
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Star of Bethlehem May Not Have Been Star After All, Says Astrophysicist

Grant Mathews, professor of theoretical astrophysics and cosmology in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Science, believes the event that led the Magi — Zoroastrian priests of…

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Astronomers Report First Observational Evidence for Vacuum Birefringence
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Astronomers Report First Observational Evidence for Vacuum Birefringence

By studying the light emitted from the very dense and strongly magnetic neutron star RX J1856.5-3754, a team of astronomers has found the strongest observational indications yet of…

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Solar System’s Birth was Triggered by Nearby Low-Mass Supernova, Researchers Say
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Solar System’s Birth was Triggered by Nearby Low-Mass Supernova, Researchers Say

A low-mass core-collapse supernova catalyzed the birth of our Solar System, according to a team of scientists led by University of Minnesota researcher. Planets form around a young…

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K2-3d: Ground-Based Telescope Observes Super-Earth Transiting Bright Star
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K2-3d: Ground-Based Telescope Observes Super-Earth Transiting Bright Star

A team of astronomers in Japan has conducted the first ground-based transit observation of K2-3d, a super-Earth within the habitable zone around a bright M-dwarf star, using the…

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Hubble Space Telescope Views Dwarf Galaxy IC 3583
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Hubble Space Telescope Views Dwarf Galaxy IC 3583

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the galaxy IC 3583, which lies in the constellation of Virgo, approximately 27.8 million light-years away. This image, taken with the…

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Murchison Widefield Array Views Universe in Radio Color
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Murchison Widefield Array Views Universe in Radio Color

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a low-frequency (80-300 MHz) radio telescope located at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia, has shown what the Universe would look like…

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Rare Triple Protostar System Spotted 750 Light-Years Away
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Rare Triple Protostar System Spotted 750 Light-Years Away

A triple protostar system surrounded by a disk with a spiral structure has been observed by astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. Combined ALMA and VLA image…

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Astronomers Report Most Luminous ‘Fast Radio Burst’ Ever Observed
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Astronomers Report Most Luminous ‘Fast Radio Burst’ Ever Observed

A research team led by California Institute of Technology astronomer Vikram Ravi and Curtin University research fellow Ryan Shannon has detected the brightest fast radio burst (FRB) to…

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Virgo I: New Dwarf Galaxy Discovered in Orbit around Milky Way
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Virgo I: New Dwarf Galaxy Discovered in Orbit around Milky Way

Astronomers have identified a new ultra-faint dwarf satellite companion of our Milky Way Galaxy. A schematic showing the locations of Virgo I and other Milky Way’s satellite galaxies.…

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Rare Triple Protostar System Spotted 750 Light-Years Away
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Rare Triple Protostar System Spotted 750 Light-Years Away

A triple protostar system surrounded by a disk with a spiral structure has been observed by astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. Combined ALMA and VLA image…

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Proxima b Could Be Habitable, Astrophysicists Say
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Proxima b Could Be Habitable, Astrophysicists Say

An international team of astrophysicists from France and the United States has determined that the surface properties of Proxima Centauri b — an Earth-mass exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri,…

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Hubble Space Telescope Snaps Beautiful Image of NGC 3274
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Hubble Space Telescope Snaps Beautiful Image of NGC 3274

NASA has released a stunning photo taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of NGC 3274, a relatively faint galaxy in the constellation of Leo. This image, taken…

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Proxima b Could Be Habitable, Astrophysicists Say
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Proxima b Could Be Habitable, Astrophysicists Say

An international team of astrophysicists from France and the United States has determined that the surface properties of Proxima Centauri b — an Earth-mass exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri,…

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Astronomers Find Group of Fast-Spinning, X-ray Active Stars
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Astronomers Find Group of Fast-Spinning, X-ray Active Stars

Astronomers using observations from NASA’s Kepler and Swift space observatories have spotted 18 fast-spinning stars that produce X-rays at more than 100 times the peak levels ever seen…

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Spectacular New Hubble Image Reveals Crab Nebula’s Pulsing Heart
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Spectacular New Hubble Image Reveals Crab Nebula’s Pulsing Heart

A stunning new image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals the ‘pulsing heart’ of one of the most beautiful and well-studied objects in the night sky,…

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Astronomers Snap Picture of Giant Exoplanet 1,200 Light-Years Away
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Astronomers Snap Picture of Giant Exoplanet 1,200 Light-Years Away

An international team of astronomers has discovered a giant extrasolar planet orbiting a young star called CVSO 30. Not only have the scientists detected the planet, but they’ve…

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2016 TB57: Astronomers Identify 15,000th Near-Earth Asteroid
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2016 TB57: Astronomers Identify 15,000th Near-Earth Asteroid

An international effort to find and catalogue the multitude of so-called near-Earth asteroids has reached a milestone: 15,000 discovered — with many more to go. This is an…

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ESO’s Very Large Telescope Sees ‘Pillars of Destruction’ within Carina Nebula
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ESO’s Very Large Telescope Sees ‘Pillars of Destruction’ within Carina Nebula

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have observed giant pillar-like structures within the Carina Nebula, a huge star-formation region in the constellation of Carina. This image, taken…

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Astronomers Find ‘Nearly Naked’ Supermassive Black Hole Two Billion Light-Years Away
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Astronomers Find ‘Nearly Naked’ Supermassive Black Hole Two Billion Light-Years Away

A team of scientists led by National Radio Astronomy Observatory astronomer James Condon has found the shredded remains of a small galaxy that passed through a larger one,…

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Hubble Space Telescope Observes NGC 1222
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Hubble Space Telescope Observes NGC 1222

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this incredible image of NGC 1222, a large lenticular galaxy with a starburst nucleus. This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space…

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Breakthrough Listen: Parkes Radio Telescope Turns to Proxima b
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Breakthrough Listen: Parkes Radio Telescope Turns to Proxima b

Breakthrough Listen, the largest ever research program aimed at finding evidence of advanced civilizations beyond Earth, today announced its first observations using Australia’s Parkes radio telescope. CSIRO’s Parkes…

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Colliding Galaxies Produce Bizarre Eye-Shaped Structure
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Colliding Galaxies Produce Bizarre Eye-Shaped Structure

A team of astronomers from the United States, France and the UK has observed a tsunami of stars and gas that is crashing midway through the disk of…

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ESO’s Exoplanet Hunter Spots Curious Features in Planet-Forming Disks around Three Young Stars
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ESO’s Exoplanet Hunter Spots Curious Features in Planet-Forming Disks around Three Young Stars

New observations with SPHERE, an advanced exoplanet-hunting instrument on the Very Large Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory, have revealed striking features in protoplanetary disks around three young stars:…

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Astronomers Find Brown Dwarf 16,300 Light-Years Away
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Astronomers Find Brown Dwarf 16,300 Light-Years Away

A multinational team of astronomers has spotted a brown dwarf orbiting a K-type dwarf star approximately 16,300 light-years away. The object was discovered using a technique called gravitational…

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Gliese 536b: Super-Earth Found Orbiting Nearby Star
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Gliese 536b: Super-Earth Found Orbiting Nearby Star

An international team of astronomers has discovered a super-Earth planet in orbit around Gliese 536, a red dwarf star approximately 33 light-years away. An artist’s concept of Gliese…

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Hubble Snaps Breathtaking Image of Little-Known Dwarf Galaxy
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Hubble Snaps Breathtaking Image of Little-Known Dwarf Galaxy

NGC 4789A, a small galaxy approximately 14 million light-years away, is the subject of this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This Hubble image shows the dwarf…

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Kepler 11145123 is Most Spherical Natural Object Ever Seen, Astronomers Say
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Kepler 11145123 is Most Spherical Natural Object Ever Seen, Astronomers Say

Kepler 11145123, a slowly rotating star roughly 5,000 light-years away, is the most spherical natural object ever measured, more spherical than the Sun, says an international team of…

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Universe Contains at least Two Trillion Galaxies, Astronomers Say
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Universe Contains at least Two Trillion Galaxies, Astronomers Say

An international team of astronomers led by University of Nottingham scientist Christopher Conselice has performed an accurate census of the number of galaxies in the observable Universe. They…

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Astronomers Find Evidence for 7-Year Stellar Cycle in Proxima Centauri
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Astronomers Find Evidence for 7-Year Stellar Cycle in Proxima Centauri

The Sun’s nearest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri, has a regular cycle of starspots, according to a team of astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and the…

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Astrophysicists Create Largest Ever Map of Cosmic Superstructures
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Astrophysicists Create Largest Ever Map of Cosmic Superstructures

Astrophysicists from the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth, UK, have produced the largest ever map of cosmic superstructures (voids and superclusters), which helps…

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VISTA Spots Ancient Stars near Milky Way Center
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VISTA Spots Ancient Stars near Milky Way Center

Astronomers using ESO’s VISTA infrared survey telescope have discovered a dozen ancient stars, of a type known as RR Lyrae, in the vicinity of the center of our…

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Hubble Space Telescope Captures Image of NGC 278
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Hubble Space Telescope Captures Image of NGC 278

This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a spiral galaxy known as NGC 278. This image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 278, which lies in the northern…

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Astronomers Find Wandering Black Hole in Galaxy 4.5 Billion Light-Years Away
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Astronomers Find Wandering Black Hole in Galaxy 4.5 Billion Light-Years Away

A rogue black hole has been found in the outer regions of the lenticular galaxy SDSS J141711.07+522540.8 (GJ1417+52 for short). Evidence suggests this black hole has a mass…

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Astronomers Detect Giant Balls of Plasma Shooting from Binary Star System
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Astronomers Detect Giant Balls of Plasma Shooting from Binary Star System

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have detected blobs of plasma being ejected near a dying red giant star called V Hydrae. This image shows V Hydrae…

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Mystery of KIC 8462852 Deepens
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Mystery of KIC 8462852 Deepens

Planets form from epic collisions between asteroids and even bigger bodies, called protoplanets. Sometimes the colliding bodies are ground to dust, and sometimes they stick together to ultimately…

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ESO’s VISTA Telescope Sees Hidden Stars in Messier 78
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ESO’s VISTA Telescope Sees Hidden Stars in Messier 78

This detailed view of the reflection nebula Messier 78 was taken with the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. As…

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New Hubble Photo Shows Center of Spiral Galaxy NGC 247
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New Hubble Photo Shows Center of Spiral Galaxy NGC 247

This image snapped by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals a detailed view of the central part of the disc of NGC 247, a relatively small spiral galaxy.…

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ALMA Spots Spiral-Armed Protoplanetary Disk around Young Stellar Object
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ALMA Spots Spiral-Armed Protoplanetary Disk around Young Stellar Object

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array have detected a pair of trailing symmetric spiral arms in the protoplanetary disk surrounding a young star called Elias 2-27. This…

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Record-Breaking Gamma-Ray Binary Spotted in Large Magellanic Cloud
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Record-Breaking Gamma-Ray Binary Spotted in Large Magellanic Cloud

A gamma-ray binary discovered in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy approximately 163,000 light-years away, is the first object of its kind ever found in a galaxy…

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First ‘Hot Molecular Core’ Discovered Outside Milky Way
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First ‘Hot Molecular Core’ Discovered Outside Milky Way

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered the first ‘hot molecular core’ — a cocoon of complex molecules around a newborn star — in a…

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Hubble Space Telescope Observes NGC 24
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Hubble Space Telescope Observes NGC 24

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken a picture of the spiral galaxy NGC 24, which is found in the constellation of Sculptor. This image from the NASA/ESA…

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ALMA Probes Hubble Ultra Deep Field
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ALMA Probes Hubble Ultra Deep Field

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array have explored the same corner of the early Universe first revealed in the iconic image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field,…

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Astronomers Confirm Existence of Giant Circumbinary Exoplanet 8,000 Light-Years Away
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Astronomers Confirm Existence of Giant Circumbinary Exoplanet 8,000 Light-Years Away

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have confirmed the existence of a Saturn-mass exoplanet in the binary system OGLE-2007-BLG-349L, located 8,000 light-years away towards the center of…

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Astronomers Unravel Mystery of Gigantic Lyman-Alpha Blobs
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Astronomers Unravel Mystery of Gigantic Lyman-Alpha Blobs

This image shows the Lyman-alpha blob LAB-1. This picture is a composite of two different images taken with the FORS instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope – a…

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ALMA Finds Cosmic Fountain at Center of Messier 77
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ALMA Finds Cosmic Fountain at Center of Messier 77

This Hubble image shows the barred spiral galaxy Messier 77; the streaks of red and blue in the image highlight pockets of star formation along the pinwheeling arms,…

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Hubble Images Reveal 332P/Ikeya-Murakami Disintegrating as It Approaches the Sun
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Hubble Images Reveal 332P/Ikeya-Murakami Disintegrating as It Approaches the Sun

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured one of the most detailed observations of a comet breaking apart. This image captured by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 shows…

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ESA Releases Gaia’s Billion-Star Map of Milky Way Galaxy
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ESA Releases Gaia’s Billion-Star Map of Milky Way Galaxy

On its way to assembling the most detailed 3D map ever made of our Galaxy, ESA’s Gaia spacecraft has pinned down the precise position on the sky and…

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Black Hole Duo Returns Active Galaxy Markarian 1018 to the Shadows
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Black Hole Duo Returns Active Galaxy Markarian 1018 to the Shadows

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope and NASA’s Chandra and Hubble space telescopes have solved the mystery of a rare change in the behavior of a central black…

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NASA’s Chandra Observatory Detects X-Rays from Pluto
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NASA’s Chandra Observatory Detects X-Rays from Pluto

Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have made the first detections of X-rays from Pluto. This X-ray emission comes from interaction between the dwarf planet’s atmosphere and the…

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Astronomers Spot Formation Site of Neptune-Like Exoplanet
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Astronomers Spot Formation Site of Neptune-Like Exoplanet

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found signs of a growing Neptune-like planet in the protoplanetary disk around TW Hydrae, a 10-million-year-old star approximately 175…

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Hubble Observes Rapidly Evolving Central Star of Stingray Nebula
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Hubble Observes Rapidly Evolving Central Star of Stingray Nebula

Using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have been able to study stellar evolution in real time. This image of the Stingray Nebula was taken with Hubble’s Wide…

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Hubble Captures Image of Little-Known Lenticular Galaxy
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Hubble Captures Image of Little-Known Lenticular Galaxy

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this vivid image of lenticular galaxy PGC 83677. This image snapped by Hubble’s ACS instrument shows PGC 83677, a lenticular galaxy…

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Astronomers Find 165 Brown Dwarfs in Solar Neighborhood
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Astronomers Find 165 Brown Dwarfs in Solar Neighborhood

An international team of astronomers has discovered 165 new ultracool brown dwarfs — objects that have a size between that of a gas giant and that of a…

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Astronomers: Star Cluster Terzan 5 is ‘Living Fossil’
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Astronomers: Star Cluster Terzan 5 is ‘Living Fossil’

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the Keck Telescope have revealed the unusual mix of stars in the star cluster known as…

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