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'Lego-block' Galaxies Discovered In Early Universe - The conventional model for galaxy evolution predicts that small galaxies in the early Universe evolved into the massive galaxies of today by coalescing. Nine Lego-like "building block" galaxies initially detected by Hubble likely contributed to the construction of the Universe as we know it. September 10, 2007

'Lucky Camera' Takes Sharpest Ever Images Of Stars - Astronomers from the California Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge have developed a new camera that produces much more detailed pictures of stars and nebulae than even the Hubble Space Telescope, and it does all this from here on Earth. September 7, 2007

Scientists Find Elusive Waves In Sun's Corona - Scientists for the first time have observed elusive oscillations in the Sun's corona, known as Alfvén waves, that transport energy outward from the surface of the Sun. September 3, 2007

Supersonic 'Rain' Falls On Newborn Star - Astronomers at the University of Rochester have discovered five Earth-oceans' worth of water that has recently fallen into the planet-forming region around an extremely young, developing star. August 31, 2007

Will Titan Lose Its Veil? - The question of whether Titan can retain its thick, organic atmosphere for the rest of its lifetime could hinge on how efficiently methane molecules were packed inside water “crates” during a period of the moon’s formation. August 30, 2007

Space-time Distorts Near Neutron Stars As Einstein Predicted - Using European and Japanese/NASA X-ray satellites, astronomers have seen Einstein’s predicted distortion of space-time around three neutron stars, and in doing so they have pioneered a groundbreaking technique for determining the properties of these ultradense objects. August 29, 2007

Star Caught Smoking - Using ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer, astronomers from France and Brazil have detected a huge cloud of dust around a star. August 28, 2007

Jupiter: Friend Or Foe? - The traditional belief that Jupiter acts as a celestial shield, deflecting asteroids and comets away from the inner Solar System, has been challenged by the first in a series of studies evaluating the impact risk to the Earth posed by different groups of object. August 27, 2007

Astronomers Find Gaping Hole In The Universe - University of Minnesota astronomers have found an enormous hole in the Universe, nearly a billion light-years across, empty of both normal matter such as stars, galaxies and gas, as well as the mysterious, unseen "dark matter." August 24, 2007

In Search Of Interstellar Dragon Fire - Ancient explorers set sail expecting to encounter dragons on the world's unknown oceans. NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft are searching for dragons of a different sort as they enter the boundary of our solar system – cosmic "dragons" that breathe a strange fire of high-speed atomic fragments called cosmic rays. August 23, 2007

NASA Establishes New Office To Study Cosmic Phenomena - NASA has created a new office to study in more detail some of the universe's most exotic phenomena: dark energy, black holes and cosmic microwave background radiation. August 22, 2007

Possible Closest Neutron Star To Earth Found - Using NASA's Swift satellite, McGill University and Penn State University astronomers have identified an object that is likely one of the closest neutron stars to Earth - and possibly the closest. August 21, 2007

Bright Galaxies Hidden In Distant Universe Unveiled - By combining the capabilities of several telescopes, teams of scientists, including University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers, have spotted extremely bright galaxies hiding in the distant, young universe. August 16, 2007

Did Life Begin In Space? New Evidence From Comets - Recent probes inside comets show it is overwhelmingly likely that life began in space, according to a new paper by Cardiff University scientists. August 15, 2007

What Makes Mars Magnetic? - Earth’s surface is a very active place; its plates are forever jiggling around, rearranging themselves into new configurations. Continents collide and mountains arise, oceans slide beneath continents and volcanoes spew. August 13, 2007

Building Our New View Of Titan - Two and a half years after the historic landing of ESA's Huygens probe on Titan, a new set of results on Saturn's largest moon is ready to be presented. Titan, as seen through the eyes of the European Space Agency's Huygens probe, still holds exciting surprises, scientists say. August 10, 2007

XMM-Newton Pinpoints Intergalactic Polluters - Warm gas escaping from the clutches of enormous black holes could be the key to a form of intergalactic ‘pollution’ that made life possible, according to new results from ESA’s XMM-Newton space observatory. August 9, 2007

Saturn's Sixtieth Moon Discovered - Scientists have recently discovered that the planet Saturn is turning 60 - not years, but moons. "We detected the 60th moon orbiting Saturn using the Cassini spacecraft's powerful wide-angle camera," said Carl Murray. August 8, 2007

Cassini Finds Possible Origin Of One Of Saturn's Rings - Cassini scientists may have identified the source of one of Saturn's more mysterious rings. Saturn's G ring likely is produced by relatively large, icy particles that reside within a bright arc on the ring's inner edge. August 7, 2007

Impact Craters In Tyrrhena Terra Clearly Imaged - The High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA’s Mars Express obtained images of the Tyrrhena Terra region on Mars. August 3, 2007

Radio Active Brown Dwarfs Are A New Class Of Pulsar - A study of brown dwarfs has revealed that these "failed stars" can possess powerful magnetic fields and emit lighthouse beams of radio waves thousands of times brighter than any detected from the Sun. August 2, 2007

New Type Of Active Galaxy Discovered - An international team of astronomers using NASA’s Swift satellite and the Japanese/U.S. Suzaku X-ray observatory has discovered a new class of active galactic nuclei (AGN). July 31, 2007

Skeleton Of Sun's Atmosphere Reveals Its True Nature - The Sun's outer atmosphere or corona is incredibly complex, as shown in observations from space. It is also extremely hot, with a temperature of over a million degrees by comparison with that of the Sun's surface of only 6000 degrees. July 27, 2007

Chandra Catches 'Piranha' Black Holes - Supermassive black holes have been discovered to grow more rapidly in young galaxy clusters, according to new results from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. These "fast-track" supermassive black holes can have a big influence on the galaxies and clusters that they live in. July 26, 2007

X-ray Satellites Discover The Biggest Collisions In The Universe - The orbiting X-ray telescopes XXM-Newton and Chandra have caught a pair of galaxy clusters merging into a giant cluster. The discovery adds to existing evidence that galaxy clusters can collide faster than previously thought. July 20, 2007

MIT Designs Sleek, Skintight Spacesuit - In the 40 years that humans have been traveling into space, the suits they wear have changed very little. The bulky, gas-pressurized outfits give astronauts a bubble of protection, but their significant mass and the pressure itself severely limit mobility. July 19, 2007

Giant Outer Extrasolar Planets Are Rare - Astronomers who used powerful telescopes in Arizona and Chile in a survey for planets around nearby stars have discovered that extrasolar planets more massive than Jupiter are extremely rare in other outer solar systems. July 18, 2007

Astronomers Find Hints of Distant Planetary Pollution - Looking at the chemical composition of stars that host planets, astronomers have found that while dwarf stars often show iron enrichment on their surface, giant stars do not. July 17, 2007

Dwarf Star Gulps Giant To Form Supernova - A team of European and American astronomers has announced the discovery of the best evidence yet for the nature of the star systems that explode as type Ia supernovae. July 16, 2007

NASA's Spitzer Finds Water Vapor On Hot, Alien Planet - A scorching-hot gas planet beyond our solar system is steaming up with water vapor, according to new observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. July 13, 2007

Where Has All The Antimatter Gone? - Scientists from the Universities of Liverpool and Glasgow have completed work on the inner heart of an experiment which seeks to find out what has happened to all the antimatter created at the start of the Universe. July 11, 2007

Hydrocarbons, Necessary For Life, Found On Saturn's Moon Hyperion - NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed for the first time surface details of Saturn's moon Hyperion, including cup-like craters filled with hydrocarbons that may indicate more widespread presence in our solar system of basic chemicals necessary for life. July 10, 2007

What Happened Before The Big Bang? - New discoveries have been made about another universe whose collapse appears to have given birth to the one we live in today. July 9, 2007

Supernova Imposter Goes Supernova - In a galaxy far, far away, a massive star suffered a nasty double whammy. On Oct. 20, 2004, Japanese amateur astronomer Koichi Itagaki saw the star let loose an outburst so bright that it was initially mistaken for a supernova. July 6, 2007

Searching For The Grandest Asteroid Tour - Asteroids are Earth's closest celestial neighbors, sometimes passing closer to Earth than even the Moon. And yet, to date, only two spacecraft have ever remained in proximity to one of these bodies. July 5, 2007

Spectacular Hubble Image Of Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1672 - The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has delivered an unrivalled snapshot of the nearby barred spiral galaxy NGC 1672. This remarkable image provides a high definition view of the galaxy’s large bar, its fields of star-forming clouds and dark bands of interstellar dust. July 4, 2007

Tracking Alien Turbulences With Venus Express - New images and data from ESA’s mission to Venus provide new insights into the turbulent and noxious atmosphere of Earth’s sister planet. What causes violent winds and turbulences? July 3, 2007

Pioneering 3D View Of Near-Earth Magnetic 'Dance' - Scientists have obtained the first-ever 3D picture of interconnected magnetic ‘dances’ in near-Earth space, known as magnetic reconnection events. July 2, 2007

Chronicle Of A Star's Death Foretold - Using ESO's VLTI on Cerro Paranal and the VLBA facility operated by NRAO, an international team of astronomers has made what is arguably the most detailed study of the environment of a pulsating red giant star. June 29, 2007

Are These Caves On Mars? - Applying techniques used to scope out caves on Earth to probe the possibility of caves on Mars is paying off. June 28, 2007

New View Of Doomed Star - A new composite image of the Eta Carinae from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope shows the remnants of a massive eruption from the star during the 1840s. June 27, 2007

Rosetta And New Horizons Watch Jupiter - ESA’s Rosetta and NASA’s New Horizons are working together in their joint campaign to observe Jupiter. A preliminary analysis of the data from Rosetta’s Alice ultraviolet spectrometer indicates that the data quality is excellent and that good science is expected to follow. June 26, 2007

Scientists Compute Death Throes Of White Dwarf Star In 3D - White dwarf stars pack one and a half times the mass of the sun into an object the size of Earth. When they burn out, the ensuing explosion produces a type of supernova that astrophysicists believe manufactures most of the iron in the universe. June 25, 2007

Astronomers Make Detailed Image Of Giant Stellar Nursery - An international team of astronomers have collaborated to create the most detailed image ever produced of the Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237), a giant stellar nursery. June 22, 2007

NASA Predicts Nongreen Plants On Other Planets - NASA scientists believe they have found a way to predict the color of plants on planets in other solar systems. June 21, 2007

Astronomers Find Most Distant Black Hole - A team of astronomers from Canada, France and the United States is announcing the discovery of a record-breaking black hole located nearly 13 billion light years from the Earth. June 20, 2007

Scientists Simulate Effects Of Blowing Mars Dust - Gusting winds and the pulsating exhaust plumes from the Phoenix spacecraft's landing engines could complicate NASA's efforts to sample frozen soil from the surface of Mars, according to University of Michigan atmospheric scientist Nilton Renno. June 18, 2007

Mars Probably Once Had A Huge Ocean - UC Berkeley geophycists are providing strong evidence that Mars once had an ocean. Naysayers have argued that what appear to be ancient coastlines near the North Pole are too warped to be true seashores. June 15, 2007

Fingerprinting The Milky Way - Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, an international team of astronomers has shown how to use the chemical composition of stars in clusters to shed light on the formation of our Milky Way. June 14, 2007

Tiny Enceladus Masks Mighty Saturn's Clock - New data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, reported in the online version of Science, shows how the small moon, Enceladus, is weighing down Saturn's magnetic field so much that the field is rotating slower than the planet. June 12, 2007

Deep Hole Found On Mars - A very dark spot on Mars could be an entrance to a deep hole or cavern, according to scientists studying imagery taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. June 11, 2007

Best Views of Planet Mars Now Online - Anyone connected by Internet can now see planet Mars better than at any time in history, through the eye of HiRISE, the most powerful camera ever to orbit another planet. June 8, 2007

Shooting Marbles At 16,000 Miles Per Hour - NASA scientist Bill Cooke is shooting marbles and he's playing "keepsies." The prize won't be another player's marbles, but knowledge that will help keep astronauts safe when America returns to the Moon in the next decade. June 7, 2007

New Panorama Reveals More Than A Thousand Black Holes - By casting a wide net, astronomers have captured an image of more than a thousand supermassive black holes. These results give astronomers a snapshot of a crucial period when these monster black holes are growing, and provide insight into the environments in which they occur. June 6, 2007

Longstanding Astronomical Puzzle Solved - A team of astronomers has recalculated the explosion date of the famous Crab Nebula supernova and found excellent agreement between their measurements and the classic date of the 1054 A.D. ... June 5, 2007

NASA Mission Finds Link Between Big And Small Stellar Blasts - Proof that certain double star systems can erupt in full-blown explosions and then continue to flare up with smaller bursts has been spotted by the ultraviolet eyes of NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. June 4, 2007

Astronomers Discover 28 New Exoplanets And Four Multi-Planet Systems - The world's largest and most prolific team of planet hunters have announced the discovery of 28 new planets outside our solar system, increasing to 236 the total number of known exoplanets. June 1, 2007

When Galaxies Collide, Our Solar System Will Go For A Ride - For decades, astronomers have known that the Milky Way galaxy is on a collision course with the neighboring Andromeda spiral galaxy. What was unknown until now: the fate of the Sun and our solar system in that melee. May 31, 2007

The Giant That Turned Out To Be A Dwarf - New data obtained on the apparent celestial couple, NGC 5011 B and C, taken with the 3.6-m ESO telescope, reveal that the two galaxies are not at the same distance, as was believed for the past 23 years. May 30, 2007

Cosmologists Predict A Static Universe In 3 Trillion Years - When Dutch astronomer Willem de Sitter proposed a static model of the universe in the early 1900s, he was some 3 trillion years ahead of his time. May 29, 2007

Brown Dwarf Star Joins The Jet-set - Jets of matter have been discovered around a very low mass 'failed star', mimicking a process seen in young stars. May 28, 2007

NASA's Chandra Sees Brightest Supernova Ever - The brightest stellar explosion ever recorded may be a long-sought new type of supernova, according to observations by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ground-based optical telescopes. May 24, 2007

Shields For The Starship Enterprise: A Reality? - In the last year space agencies in the United States, Europe, China, Japan and India have announced their intention to resume human exploration of the Solar system, beginning with the Moon and perhaps ultimately moving on to Mars. May 23, 2007

Cluster Makes A Shocking Discovery - ESA’s Cluster was in the right place and time to make a shocking discovery. The four spacecraft encountered a shock wave that kept breaking and reforming – predicted only in theory. May 22, 2007

Two Supermassive Black Holes In Colliding Galaxies - Astronomers have used powerful adaptive optics technology at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii to reveal the precise locations and environments of a pair of supermassive black holes at the center of an ongoing collision between two galaxies 300 million light-years away. May 21, 2007

Mars Rover Finds Evidence Of Ancient Volcanic Explosion - NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has discovered evidence of an ancient volcanic explosion at "Home Plate," a plateau of layered bedrock approximately 2 meters (6 feet) high within the "Inner Basin" of Columbia Hills, at the rover's landing site in Gusev Crater. May 18, 2007

Giant Pipe Organ In The Solar Atmosphere - Astronomers have found that the atmosphere of the Sun plays a kind of heavenly music. The magnetic field in the outer regions (the corona) of our nearest star forms loops that carry waves and behave rather like a musical instrument. May 17, 2007

Dust Around Nearby Star Has Fluffiness Of New-fallen 'Powder' Snow - Astronomers peering into the dust surrounding a nearby red dwarf star have found that the dust grains have a fluffiness comparable to that of powder snow, the ne plus ultra of skiers and snowboarders. May 15, 2007

Hot Start Might Explain Geysers On Enceladus - A hot start billions of years ago might have set into motion the forces that power geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus. May 14, 2007

Chandra Sees Remarkable Eclipse Of Black Hole - Chandra observations of the galaxy NGC 1365 have captured a remarkable eclipse of the supermassive black hole at its center. A dense cloud of gas passed in front of the black hole, which blocked high-energy X-rays from material close to the black hole. May 11, 2007

A Hidden Twist In The Black Hole Information Paradox - Professor Sam Braunstein, of the University of York’s Department of Computer Science, and Dr Arun Pati, of the Institute of Physics, Sainik School, Bhubaneswar, India, have established that quantum information cannot be ‘hidden’ in conventional ways, or in Braunstein’s words, "quantum information can run but it can’t hide." May 9, 2007

Planet Mercury Has Molten Core - Researchers working with high-precision planetary radars, including the Goldstone Solar System Radar of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., have discovered strong evidence that the planet Mercury has a molten core. May 8, 2007

COROT Discovers Its First Exoplanet - COROT has provided its first image of a giant planet orbiting another star and the first bit of ‘seismic’ information on a far away, Sun-like star- with unexpected accuracy. May 7, 2007

Scientists Find A Solar-powered Asteroid - For the very first time, astronomers have witnessed the speeding up of an asteroid's rotation, and have shown that it is due to a theoretical effect predicted but never seen before. May 4, 2007

Double-star Systems Cycle Between Big And Small Blasts - Certain double, or binary, star systems erupt in full-blown explosions and then flare up with smaller bursts, according to new information gathered by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and analyzed by a team of astronomers, including postdoctoral researcher Mark Seibert of the Carnegie Observatories. May 3, 2007

Colorful Demise Of A Sun-like Star - A brand new image taken with Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 shows the planetary nebula NGC 2440 the chaotic structure of the demise of a star. May 2, 2007

Astronomers Map Out Planetary Danger Zone - Astronomers have laid down the cosmic equivalent of yellow "caution" tape around super hot stars, marking the zones where cooler stars are in danger of having their developing planets blasted away. May 1, 2007

Universe Contains More Calcium Than Expected - The universe contains one and a half times more calcium than previously assumed. This conclusion was drawn by astronomers of the SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, after observations with ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory. April 27, 2007

Giant Pipe Organ In The Solar Atmosphere - Astronomers have found that the atmosphere of the Sun plays a kind of heavenly music. The magnetic field in the outer regions (the corona) of our nearest star forms loops that carry waves and behave rather like a musical instrument. April 26, 2007

Astronomers Find First Habitable Earth-like Planet - Astronomers have discovered the most Earth-like planet outside our Solar System to date, an exoplanet with a radius only 50% larger than the Earth and capable of having liquid water. April 25, 2007

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