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Survivor planet found orbiting a white dwarf closely in data from TESS, Spitzer telescopes
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Survivor planet found orbiting a white dwarf closely in data from TESS, Spitzer telescopes

The discovery suggests that planets may actually be capable of surviving the formation of a white dwarf.

New findings in dark matter physics could prompt brand-new model of the 'real' universe
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New findings in dark matter physics could prompt brand-new model of the 'real' universe

The discovery, some experts think, might 'signal a gap' in the current understanding of dark matter and its properties.

Glimpse of our system once the Sun is dead? First Jupiter-sized exoplanet found orbiting white dwarf star
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Glimpse of our system once the Sun is dead? First Jupiter-sized exoplanet found orbiting white dwarf star

Past research has indicated that some white dwarf stars can retain some of the more distant remnants of their planetary systems.

DarkSats ain't dark enough: SpaceX Starlink satellites continue to ruin it for astronomers
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DarkSats ain't dark enough: SpaceX Starlink satellites continue to ruin it for astronomers

SpaceX's megaconstellation also sets a precedent for other companies to follow suit with their own, without considering the needs of the astronomy community, say experts.

Scientists discover quantum paradox that throws the foundations of observed reality into question
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Scientists discover quantum paradox that throws the foundations of observed reality into question

The finding is the strongest result yet in a series of quantum mechanical discoveries that have upended our ideas about reality.

NASA funds five 'concept mission' studies to the Sun; two will be chosen to carry out their missions
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NASA funds five 'concept mission' studies to the Sun; two will be chosen to carry out their missions

The five shortlisted proposals are will each receive $1.25 million from NASA to carry out a nine-month mission concept study.

Centaur spotted: Astronomers find space rock near Jupiter that might transform into a comet by 2063
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Centaur spotted: Astronomers find space rock near Jupiter that might transform into a comet by 2063

The rare sighting is an opportunity to see the birth of a comet as it starts to become active, researchers say.

Cosmic heartbeat discovered in gas cloud synced with a black hole by Arecibo, Fermi telescopes
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Cosmic heartbeat discovered in gas cloud synced with a black hole by Arecibo, Fermi telescopes

This gas cloud in the constellation Aquilla 'beats' in rhythm with a black hole 100 light-years away.

Puzzling dimming of Betelgeuse's brightness could be due to supernova, study suggests
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Puzzling dimming of Betelgeuse's brightness could be due to supernova, study suggests

The mystery has enthralled skywatchers since the star began to lose brightness, and fast, in October 2019.

Golden halo of infant galaxy look-alike of Milky Way spotted 12 bn light years away
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Golden halo of infant galaxy look-alike of Milky Way spotted 12 bn light years away

The 'baby' galaxy was discovered using the powerful ALMA radio telescope in Chile, using a technique called gravitational lensing.

Intergalactic wall: Stretch of galaxies some 1.4 bn light-years long discovered in the universe
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Intergalactic wall: Stretch of galaxies some 1.4 bn light-years long discovered in the universe

The structure stretches across the southern border of the universe, and comprises thousands of galaxies and huge amounts of gas and dust.

Discovery of asymmetrical double neutron star system may have astronomical implications
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Discovery of asymmetrical double neutron star system may have astronomical implications

The system is thought to be a precursor to ones like the double neutron star system that prompted the 2017 discovery of gravitational waves.

New source of fast radio bursts with periodic, cyclical pattern catalogued by astronomers
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New source of fast radio bursts with periodic, cyclical pattern catalogued by astronomers

The FRB in question reports like clockwork, in one of the most definitive patterns seen from a source of these flashes.

Ancient micrometeoroids carried stardust, water to asteroid 4 Vesta; could have done same for Earth, say scientists
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Ancient micrometeoroids carried stardust, water to asteroid 4 Vesta; could have done same for Earth, say scientists

The stardust in asteroid Vesta holds a unique record of ancient galactic material that was delivered to a celestial body far from Earth.

Milky Way galaxy could be home to 36 active, intelligent civilisations besides humans, study suggests
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Milky Way galaxy could be home to 36 active, intelligent civilisations besides humans, study suggests

If technological civilizations last as long as they do on Earth, it is estimated that there could be 36 ongoing intelligent civilizations in the galaxy.

NASA New Horizons spacecraft returns stunning images of previously unseen 'parallax effect'
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NASA New Horizons spacecraft returns stunning images of previously unseen 'parallax effect'

The spacecraft has observed how Proxima Centauri and Wolf 359 appear in different positions than when observed from Earth than deep space.

Heartbeat of supermassive black hole 600 mn light-years away still strong a decade after discovery
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Heartbeat of supermassive black hole 600 mn light-years away still strong a decade after discovery

The time between each beat could reveal key information – particularly about the matter near the black hole, and its size.

Milky Way's giant gas-filled Fermi bubbles imaged in visible light for the first time
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Milky Way's giant gas-filled Fermi bubbles imaged in visible light for the first time

While these structures have captured the imagination and attention of many scientists and astrophysicists, the source of these bubbles is still unknown.

Formation of pair of baby planets around their parent star captured in remarkable first
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Formation of pair of baby planets around their parent star captured in remarkable first

The PDS 70 star system that was photographed is the first known multi-planetary system in which planet formation has been observed in action.

Early Earth had an atmosphere rich in carbon dioxide, claims study looking at ancient meteorites
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Early Earth had an atmosphere rich in carbon dioxide, claims study looking at ancient meteorites

Our planet is pelted with space dust and tiny meteorites daily, which make their way through the atmosphere and collect on the surface.