All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘stars’

Largest Yellow Star Yet Seen Spotted in Binary System

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 largest stars ever discovered. The new observations are to be published in the journal Astronomy & Physics. The star is …

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Astronomers Spot Stars Soaring Out of the Galaxy

Astronomers this week revealed that they have discovered a new type of star traveling fast enough to leave the Milky Way galaxy. The stars, dubbed “hypervelocity stars,” are different than other stars found traveling at such speeds as they did not come from the center of the galaxy. “These new hypervelocity stars are very different from the ones that have …

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Astronomers Spot Newborn Star Spouting Gas

NASA today unveiled a new image of the stellar object known as HH 46/47. The picture shows that the object is a newly-formed star that is shedding some of the gasses from which it formed. The new observations have been published in The Astrophysical Journal. HH 46/47 can be seen throwing out huge jets of gas traveling out from the …

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Astronomers Spot Massive Star In-Utero

Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory‘s Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) this week revealed that they have spotted a massive star in the process of being born. Researchers hope the new information can help uncover just how massive (stars with more than 10 times the mass of the sun) stars form. “The remarkable observations from ALMA allowed us to get …

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Close Star Could Have up to Five Planets

A new study by an international team of scientists has discovered that the star Tau Ceti may have five planets orbiting it. Tau Ceti is the 20th closest star to the sun, and the nearest star to have sun-like properties. The star has the same spectral classification as the sun, with a mass 78% that of the sun’s. It lies …

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NASA Simulations Show How Wide Binary Stars Could Form

Scientists with NASA‘s Astrobiology Institute team at the University of Hawaii have used computer simulations to reveal what causes binary stars to form. The researchers have concluded through their research that the widest binary star systems began as three stars, rather than two. To determine this, the scientists ran 180,000 simulations of the motions of newborn triple stars still shrouded …

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New Chrome Experiment Is Pretty Stellar

Google likes to flex the power of Chrome from time to time, and the resulting Chrome Experiments are generally delightful and/or informative. Besides being fun to look at, the experiments serve a secondary purpose. Chrome gets put through its HTML5 paces, and developers can see firsthand the advancements being made in Web APIs. The latest Chrome Experiment is called 100,000 …

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Tatooine-Like Planet Discovered by NASA’s Kepler

As technology and measurements have improved, astronomers have begun finding extra-solar planets at a breakneck pace. It was only last year that the first planet orbiting a binary star system was discovered. Today, NASA has announced that it has discovered a planet orbiting a binary star system that is also within the habitable zone of the system. The planet, named …

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Galaxy Discovery Reveals Record-Breaking Star Formation

Astronomers have found a galaxy cluster that is one of the largest objects in the known universe, and it is breaking records. The cluster, named the Phoenix cluster, has been observed by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, the National Science Foundation’s South Pole Telescope, and eight other observatories. Their findings suggest that the evolution of galaxy clusters may be more complicated …

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International Space Station Stars Look Prettier Than Earth Stars

Have you ever imagined what stars might look like while aboard the International Space Station? Well, they probably look like stars, right? But beyond that, there’s some added beauty when you have the rim of Earth hovering in the foreground of a canvas of stars. Additionally, from the ISS you wouldn’t have to contend with the heavy light pollution that …

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Donald Driver Charms DWTS Audience

Donald Driver, perhaps best known as a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, wowed audiences last night on the premiere of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” and proved he has grace as well as muscle. The Super Bowl champion showed off his raw energy on the dance floor, his athletic prowess an asset as he did the cha-cha with …

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