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Gamma-ray Bursting with Surprises

For the first time, astronomers found surprising clues of a ‘kilonova’ – a huge explosion sparked by the clash of neutron stars when studying the “post-credits-scene” of a long gamma-ray burst. But what makes this kilonova discovery surprising? How did two different teams of astronomers discover the same surprising results? Let’s explore! This artist's…
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This Universe’s most massive star just said “cheese!”

Located in the Tarantula Nebula at about 160,000 light-years from us, R136a1 is the most massive star we know across the whole Universe. Using the Gemini South telescope in Chile, astronomers recently managed to get the sharpest image ever made of the gigantic star. The image suggests that maybe such…
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What’s like The Sun and The Earth – only Redder and Heavier?

Astronomers have discovered a super-Earth – planets that are much like our Earth but heavier – near the habitable zone of a red dwarf star, only 37 light-years from us. That's really really close to our planet in astronomical terms! Schematic diagram of the newly discovered Ross 508 planetary system.…
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Artificial intelligence helps astronomers see farther and sharper

To understand the evolution of the Universe, astronomers use many complex equations. Because there are some things that we do not know for sure yet, scientists have to estimate some of the values in these equations – such values come from different simulations, and the best ones match real-life observations…
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A Comet Breaking-Up

For the first time, astronomers captured images of a strange rocky comet, breaking apart as it went closer to the Sun. Meet 323P/SOHO – a comet that orbits the Sun nearly every years, just like the Earth goes around the Sun every year. Astronomers have discovered just a few like…
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