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How we solved a centuries-old mystery by discovering a rare form of star collision

Oct 27, 2018 - 1:30 PM

A collision between a white dwarf and a brown dwarf would be spectacular

SPACE. The ALMA telescope has seen tantalizing hints of a violent event. ESO/B. Tafreshi/TWAN (, CC BY-ND

Monster planet found orbiting dwarf star – 'surprised' astronomers

Oct 31, 2017 - 10:45 PM

The existence of the gassy giant challenges long-standing theories that says such a big planet – about the size of Jupiter – cannot be formed around a star so small

PLANET. This image released on October 31, 2017 by the University of Warwick shows an artist's impression of sunrise on planet NGTS-1b. NGTS-1b, a "monster" planet, which should in theory not exist, has been discovered orbiting a feint, dwarf star far, far away, surprised astronomers said on Ocober 31, 2017. Photo by  Mark Garlick/AFP

Moon to spoil Perseids meteor shower – astronomers

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:34 PM

The Moon will be more than half full in a so called gibbous phase which means its light will spoil stargazers view in a similar way to that of urban light pollution

PERSEIDS. A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above the hoodoos named Thor's Hammer (L) and the Three Sisters (R) early on August 13, 2016 in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Water on white dwarf raises prospects of H2O-rich planets

May 07, 2015 - 1:45 PM

The findings are based on the discovery of a large quantity of hydrogen and oxygen the two chemical ingredients of water in the atmosphere of a white dwarf star

DEEP SPACE BODIES OF WATER. Asteroid 2004 BL86, which safely flew past Earth on Jan. 26, 2015. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Biggest known star ripping itself apart – astronomers

Oct 17, 2013 - 12:11 AM

Red supergiant W26 with a diameter 3 000 times that of the Sun is becoming unstable and shedding its outer layers

STELLAR EXPLOSION. The new Very Large Survey Telescope (VST) image of the star cluster Westerlund 1. The star W26 is in the upper left of the cluster and is surrounded by a green glow. Credit: ESO/VPHAS+ Survey/N. Wright