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Largest Yellow Star Yet Seen Spotted in Binary System

Largest Yellow Star Yet Seen Spotted in Binary System

By Sean Patterson March 12, 2014

Astronomers this week revealed that they have spotted the largest yellow star ever seen. The object is more than 1300 times the diameter of our Sun and is also one million times brighter. It is also one of the ten …

3 Planets Found in the Habitable Zone of Nearby Star 3 Planets Found in the Habitable Zone of Nearby Star

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) this week announced it has found six planets in the Gliese 667C system, and that three of those planets are located within the system’s habitable zone. The habitable zone of a system is the area …

Giant Planet Formation May Have Been Spotted Giant Planet Formation May Have Been Spotted

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Astronomers have found what could be the first-ever sighting of a planet forming while still in the midst of a dust cloud surrounding a star. The object, which orbits the star HD 100546, is only 335 light-years from Earth and …

Globular Cluster Aging Revealed in New Study Globular Cluster Aging Revealed in New Study

Globular clusters are spherical groupings of stars tightly bound by gravity. While these objects are usually 12 to 13 billion years old, a new study has found that clusters can appear to be vastly different ages, depending on the behavior …

New “Green Bean” Galaxies Discovered New “Green Bean” Galaxies Discovered

A new type of galaxy nicknamed “green bean galaxies” has been identified and they are some of the rarest objects in the known universe. The nickname comes from the galaxies’ appearance: they glow with intense light generated by the ionized …

Rocky Planets Could Be More Common Than Thought Rocky Planets Could Be More Common Than Thought

Astronomers have now observed that the dust disc orbiting a brown dwarf contains millimeter-sized solid particles – the same “grains” found in the denser discs surrounding new stars.The new data suggests that rocky planets, such as Earth, may be more …

The Most Massive Quasar Outflow Yet Seen The Most Massive Quasar Outflow Yet Seen

Astronomers have discovered a quasar with the most massive outflow ever seen. Quasars are bright galactic centers powered by supermassive black holes, and many of them accelerate the material around them, throwing it out a high speed in a process …

Astronomers Discover Dwarf Planet Has No Atmosphere Astronomers Discover Dwarf Planet Has No Atmosphere

Astronomers have discovered that a dwarf planet in our solar system named Makemake has no atmosphere. The object, which orbits in the outer solar system, was expected to have an atmosphere similar to another dwarf planet, Pluto, but new observations …

Close Rogue Planet Identified by ESO Astronomers Close Rogue Planet Identified by ESO Astronomers

Astronomers have identified what is “very probably” a relatively close-by planet hurtling through space – not orbiting a star. The European Southern Observatory used its Very Large Telescope and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope to study the object, which it calls the …