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Hubble’s Sweeping View Of The Coma Galaxy Cluster - The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the magnificent starry population of the Coma Cluster of Galaxies, one of the densest known galaxy collections in the Universe. June 11, 2008

White Dwarf Lost In Planetary Nebula - Call it the case of the missing dwarf. A team of stellar astronomers is engaged in an interstellar CSI (crime scene investigation). They have two suspects, traces of assault and battery, but no corpse. June 10, 2008

Closest View Of Dust Particles From Other Planet - A microscope on NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander has taken images of dust and sand particles with the greatest resolution ever returned from another planet. June 9, 2008

Cassini Sees Collisions Of Moonlets On Saturn's Ring - A team of scientists led from the UK has discovered that the rapid changes in Saturn's F ring can be attributed to small moonlets causing perturbations. Their results are reported in Nature (5th June 2008). June 6, 2008

Spitzer Captures Stellar Coming Of Age In Our Galaxy - More than 800,000 snapshots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have been stitched together to create a new "coming of age" portrait of stars in our inner Milky Way galaxy. June 5, 2008

Two Of The Milky Way's Spiral Arms Go Missing - For decades, astronomers have been blind to what our galaxy, the Milky Way, really looks like. After all, we sit in the midst of it and can't step outside for a bird's eye view. June 4, 2008

Possible Ice On Mars Seen By Phoenix Lander - Scientists have discovered what may be ice that was exposed when soil was blown away as NASA's Phoenix spacecraft landed on Mars last Sunday, May 25. June 2, 2008

Strange Ring Found Circling Dead Star - NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found a bizarre ring of material around the magnetic remains of a star that blasted to smithereens. May 30, 2008

Massive Star In Nearby Galaxy Has Mammoth Belt - Talk about a diet! By resolving, for the first time, features of an individual star in a neighbouring galaxy, ESO's VLT has allowed astronomers to determine that it weighs almost half of what was previously thought, thereby solving the mystery of its existence. May 29, 2008

Cosmic Supermagnet Spreads Mysterious 'Morse Code' - Astronomers from SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research have discovered mysterious pulses that are being emitted by an extremely magnetic star. May 26, 2008

Phoenix Spacecraft On Course For May 25 Mars Landing - With three days and 3 million miles left to fly before arriving at Mars, NASA's Phoenix spacecraft is on track for its destination in the Martian arctic. May 23, 2008

Supernova Birth Seen For First Time - Astronomers have seen the aftermath of spectacular stellar explosions known as supernovae before, but until now no one has witnessed a star dying in real time. May 22, 2008

Cosmic Web Of Missing Matter Discovered - Although the universe contains billions of galaxies, only a small amount of its matter is locked up in these behemoths. Most of the universe's matter that was cooked up during and just after the Big Bang must be found elsewhere. May 21, 2008

Interior Of Mars Is Colder Than Previously Thought - New observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter indicate that the crust and upper mantle of Mars are stiffer and colder than previously thought. May 19, 2008

Astronaut Health On Moon May Depend On Good Dusting - Lunar dust could be more than a housekeeping issue for astronauts who visit the moon. Their good health may depend on the amount of exposure they have to the tiny particles. May 16, 2008

Discovery Of Most Recent Supernova In Our Galaxy - The most recent supernova in our Galaxy has been discovered by tracking the rapid expansion of its remains. May 15, 2008

A Molecular Thermometer For The Distant Universe - Astronomers have made use of ESO's Very Large Telescope to detect for the first time in the ultraviolet the carbon monoxide molecule in a galaxy located almost 11 billion light-years away, a feat that had remained elusive for 25 years. May 14, 2008

NASA Spacecraft Tracks Raging Saturn Storm - As a powerful electrical storm rages on Saturn with lightning bolts 10,000 times more powerful than those found on Earth, the Cassini spacecraft continues its five-month watch over the dramatic events. May 6, 2008

Big Black Holes Cook Flambeed Stellar Pancakes - According to two astrophysicists from Paris Observatory, the fate of stars that venture too close to massive black holes could be even more violent than previously believed. May 5, 2008

Artificial Intelligence Boosts Science From Mars - Artificial intelligence (AI) being used at the European Space Operations Centre is giving a powerful boost to ESA's Mars Express as it searches for signs of past or present life on the Red Planet. May 2, 2008

Ultra-dense Galaxies Found In Early Universe - A team of astronomers looking at the universe's distant past found nine young, unusually compact galaxies, each weighing in at 200 billion times the mass of the Sun. May 1, 2008

Shoulder Motor Balks On Opportunity Rover's Robotic Arm - A small motor in the robotic arm of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity that began stalling occasionally more than two years ago has become more troublesome recently. April 29, 2008

Dramatic Collisions Trigger Bursts Of Star Formation - Interacting galaxies are found throughout the Universe, sometimes as dramatic collisions that trigger bursts of star formation, on other occasions as stealthy mergers that result in new galaxies. April 25, 2008

Glaciers Reveal Martian Climate Has Been Recently Active - The prevailing thinking is that Mars is a planet whose active climate has been confined to the distant past. About 3.5 billion years ago, the Red Planet had extensive flowing water and then fell quiet - deadly quiet. April 24, 2008

Stellar Birth In The Galactic Wilderness - A new image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows baby stars sprouting in the backwoods of a galaxy - a relatively desolate region of space more than 100,000 light-years from the galaxy's bustling center. April 23, 2008

Could There Be Life On Saturn's Moon Enceladus? - Could microbial life exist inside Enceladus, where no sunlight reaches, photosynthesis is impossible and no oxygen is available? April 22, 2008

What Are The Odds Of Finding Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life? - Is there anybody out there? Probably not, according to a scientist from the University of East Anglia. April 21, 2008

Lingering Star Streams Skirt Two Nearby Spiral Galaxies - An international team of astronomers has identified huge star streams in the outskirts of two nearby spiral galaxies. For the first time, they have obtained a panoramic overview of an example of galactic cannibalism similar to that involving the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy in the vicinity of the Milky Way. April 18, 2008

Hubble Pinpoints Location Of Record-breaking Cosmic Explosion - Peering across 7.5 billion light-years and halfway back to the Big Bang, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the fading optical counterpart of a powerful gamma ray burst that holds the record for being the intrinsically brightest naked-eye object ever seen from Earth. April 16, 2008

Spitzer Sees Shining Stellar Sphere - Millions of clustered stars glisten like an iridescent opal in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. April 15, 2008

NASA Spacecraft Images Mars Moon In Color And In 3D - A new stereo view of Phobos, the larger and inner of Mars' two tiny moons, has been captured by a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars. April 14, 2008

New Rocky Planet Found In Constellation Leo - Spanish and UCL (University College London) scientists have discovered a possible terrestrial-type planet orbiting a star in the constellation of Leo. April 11, 2008

Research Reveals Internet "Black Holes" - Sometimes you try to reach a site and mysteriously you can't get to it. Perhaps you think its simply your imagination, something wrong with your computer, or perhaps the site is under attack. Or maybe the server that the site is hosted on went down. April 10, 2008

Old Galaxies Stick Together In The Young Universe - Using the most sensitive images ever obtained with the United Kingdom Infra-Red Telescope (UKIRT), astronomers have found convincing evidence that galaxies which look old early in the history of the Universe ... April 9, 2008

Magnetic Substorms From Ground And Space - One of the most dynamic events in the interaction between the Sun and the Earth is a ‘substorm’, an explosive reshaping of the Earth’s outer magnetic field. April 8, 2008

Black Hole Discovered In Center Of Enigmatic Omega Centauri - A new discovery has resolved some of the mystery surrounding Omega Centauri, the largest and brightest globular cluster in the sky. April 7, 2008

New Views On The Sun's Startling Magnetic Fountains - Astronomers have known for decades that the Sun has a very dynamic atmosphere. Huge fountains of hot gas erupt in the atmosphere, or corona, every few minutes, travelling at tens of thousands of km per hour and reaching great heights. April 4, 2008

Smallest Black Hole Ever Discovered Has Amazing Tidal Force - Using a new technique, two NASA scientists have identified the lightest known black hole. April 3, 2008

Two New Star Systems Are First Of Their Kind Ever Found - Astronomers have spied a faraway star system that is so unusual, it was one of a kind - until its discovery helped them pinpoint a second one that was much closer to home. April 1, 2008

Huge Meteorite Impact Found In UK - Evidence of the biggest meteorite ever to hit the British Isles has been found by scientists from the University of Oxford and the University of Aberdeen. March 31, 2008

Evidence Of A Planet Forming? - Astrophysicists have a new window into the formation of planets. Ben R. Oppenheimer, Assistant Curator in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History, and colleagues have imaged a structure within the disk of material coalescing from the gas and dust cloud surrounding a well-studied star, AB Aurigae. March 27, 2008

Ocean May Exist Beneath Titan's Crust - NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered evidence that points to the existence of an underground ocean of water and ammonia on Saturn's moon Titan. March 26, 2008

Ancient Asteroids Formed At Solar System's Start - Using visible and infrared data collected from telescopes on Hawaii's Mauna Kea, a team of scientists, led by the University of Maryland's Jessica Sunshine, have identified three asteroids that appear to be among our Solar System's oldest objects. March 25, 2008

Biggest Gamma Ray Burst Explosion Ever - A powerful stellar explosion detected March 19 by NASA's Swift satellite has shattered the record for the most distant object that could be seen with the naked eye. March 24, 2008

Mars, Earth And Moon From 'Unique Planetary Nursery' - A study of meteorites suggests that Mars, the Earth and the Moon share a common composition from ‘growing up’ in a unique planetary nursery in the inner solar system. March 21, 2008

Hubble Finds First Organic Molecule On Extrasolar Planet - The tell-tale signature of the molecule methane in the atmosphere of the Jupiter-sized extrasolar planet HD 189733b has been found with the Hubble Space Telescope. March 20, 2008

New Luminous Spots Found On Jupiter - Scientists have observed unexpected luminous spots on Jupiter caused by its moon Io. Besides displaying the most spectacular volcanic activity in the solar system, Io causes auroras on its mother planet that are similar to the Northern Lights on Earth. March 19, 2008

Exploring Mars: Icy Promethei Planum - Promethei Planum, an area seasonally covered with a more than 3500 m thick layer of ice in the martian south polar region, was the subject of the High Resolution Stereo Camera’s focus on 22 September 2005 as Mars Express was in orbit above the Red Planet. March 18, 2008

Explosion Of New Life Coincided With Hundreds Of Meteorite Impacts - Meteorite impacts are often associated with huge disasters, mass extinction and why the dinosaurs disappeared from the face of the Earth some 65 million years ago. March 17, 2008

Puzzling 'Eye Of A Hurricane' On Venus - Venus Express has constantly been observing the south pole of Venus and has found it to be surprisingly fickle. March 14, 2008

How The Peruvian Meteorite Made It To Earth - It made news around the world: On Sept. 15, 2007, an object hurtled through the sky and crashed into the Peruvian countryside. Scientists dispatched to the site near the village of Carancas found a gaping hole in the ground. March 13, 2008

Cassini Spacecraft To Dive Into Water Plume Of Saturn Moon - NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make an unprecedented "in your face" flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Wed., March 12. March 12, 2008

Seeing Dark Filaments Inside A Molecular Cloud - Astronomers have measured the distribution of mass inside a dark filament in a molecular cloud with an amazing level of detail and to great depth. March 10, 2008

Mars And Venus Are Surprisingly Similar - Using two ESA spacecraft, planetary scientists are watching the atmospheres of Mars and Venus being stripped away into space. March 7, 2008

Last Confessions Of A Dying Star - Probing a glowing bubble of gas and dust encircling a dying star, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveals a wealth of previously unseen structures. March 6, 2008

Avalanches On Mars Photographed By NASA Spacecraft - A NASA spacecraft in orbit around Mars has taken the first ever image of active avalanches near the Red Planet's north pole. March 4, 2008

Did A Mega-collision Alter Venus? - A mega-collision between two large embryonic planets could have created Venus as we know it, according to a new paper by a Cardiff University scientist. February 29, 2008

Galaxy Ablaze With Starbirth - Imagine looking at a tree through eyeglasses that only allow red light to pass through. The tree is going to look a lot different than how it would look without the glasses. February 28, 2008

Spinning Magnet Of A Sun-like Star - An international group of astronomers that includes the University of Hawaii's Evgenya Shkolnik have discovered that the sun-like star tau Bootis flipped its magnetic field from north to south sometime during the last year. February 27, 2008

Saturn May Be Surrounded By Near-Invisible Rings - Gaps in the soup of high energy particles near the orbits of two of Saturn's tiny moons indicate that Saturn may be surrounded by undiscovered, near-invisible partial rings. February 26, 2008

Sun Will Vaporize Earth In 7.6 Billion Years - New calculations by University of Sussex astronomers predict that the Earth will be swallowed up by the Sun in about 7.6 billion years unless the Earth’s orbit can be altered. February 25, 2008

Unique Martian Formation Reveals Brief Bursts Of Water - Researchers from the United States and the Netherlands report that several formations on Mars indicate incidents of rapid release of water from the planet's interior. February 22, 2008

Titan's Surface Organics Surpass Oil Reserves On Earth - Saturn's orange moon Titan has hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, according to new data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. February 21, 2008

Mars Images Show Topography Of Red Planet - Mars is about to come into 3D focus as never before, thanks to the data from the Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC). February 20, 2008

One Of Saturn's Rings Does The Housecleaning - One of Saturn's rings does housecleaning, soaking up material gushing from the fountains on Saturn's tiny ice moon Enceladus, according to new observations from the Cassini spacecraft. February 19, 2008

Possible Progenitor Of Special Supernova Type Detected - Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, scientists have reported the possible detection of a binary star system that was later destroyed in a supernova explosion. February 15, 2008

Hubble Finds Strong Contender For Galaxy Distance Record - The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, with a boost from a natural “zoom lens”, has found the strongest evidence so far for a galaxy with a redshift significantly above 7. February 14, 2008

Light Echoes Whisper The Distance To A Star - Taking advantage of the presence of light echoes, a team of astronomers have used an ESO telescope to measure, at the 1% precision level, the distance of a Cepheid - a class of variable stars that constitutes one of the first steps in the cosmic distance ladder. February 13, 2008

Supercomputer Will Help Scientists Listen For Black Holes - Scientists hope that a new supercomputer being built by Syracuse University's Department of Physics may help them identify the sound of a celestial black hole. February 12, 2008

Black Holes May Pull Apart, Reignite White Dwarf Stars - A strange and violent fate awaits a white dwarf star that wanders too close to a moderately massive black hole. February 7, 2008

Brilliant But Fuzzy Galaxy May Be Aftermath Of Multi-galaxy Collision - The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a new image of the galaxy NGC 1132 which is, most likely, a cosmic fossil – the aftermath of an enormous multi-galactic pile-up, where the carnage of collision after collision has built up a brilliant but fuzzy giant elliptical galaxy far outshining typical galaxies. February 6, 2008

Gas 'Finger' Points To Galaxies' Future - Like a fork piercing a fried egg, a giant finger of hydrogen gas is poking through our Milky Way Galaxy from outside, astronomers using CSIRO radio telescopes at Parkes and Narrabri have found. February 5, 2008

Traces Of The Martian Past In The Terby Crater - The High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA’s Mars Express has returned striking scenes of the Terby crater on Mars. February 4, 2008

Could An Asteroid Hit Planet Earth, Again? - Earth dodged a bullet today, when asteroid TU24 passed within 540,000 kilometers of our planet, which is just down the street on a galactic scale. Tomorrow, another asteroid – 2007 WD5 – will zip past Mars at a distance of only 26,000 kilometers away. February 1, 2008

New Light On Dark Energy - Astronomers have used ESO's Very Large Telescope to measure the distribution and motions of thousands of galaxies in the distant Universe. January 31, 2008

Hyperfast Star Proven To Be Alien - A young star is speeding away from the Milky Way so fast that astronomers have been puzzled by where it came from; based on its young age it has traveled too far to have come from our galaxy. January 30, 2008

Dramatic Wind Action Detailed On Mars - Mars has an ethereal, tenuous atmosphere with less than one-percent the surface pressure of Earth, which challenges scientists to explain complex, wind-sculpted landforms seen with unprecedented detail in images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. January 29, 2008

Mystery Of Jupiter's Jets Uncovered - At the end of March 2007, scientists all over the world observed with surprise and awe a rare change in the atmosphere of Jupiter. January 28, 2008

Dinosaur-killing Meteor Made Bigger Splash - The most detailed three-dimensional seismic images yet of the Chicxulub crater, a mostly submerged and buried impact crater on the Mexico coast, may modify a theory explaining the extinction of 70 percent of life on Earth 65 million years ago. January 25, 2008

Hot Cyclones Churn At Both Ends Of Saturn - Despite more than a decade of winter darkness, Saturn's north pole is home to an unexpected hot spot remarkably similar to one at the planet's sunny south pole. The source of its heat is a mystery. January 23, 2008

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