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Cosmic rays — extremely high-energy particles from space — were first discovered in 1912. Over time, scientists have found that some 90 percent of those particles are protons while the remaining 10 percent are electrons and other atomic nuclei. But they lacked direct evidence of the process that accelerates these particles to such extreme energies.
The binary system SS Cygni contains a white dwarf and a red dwarf that complete orbits around each other in just 6.6 hours. This pair, which astronomers thought was 520 light-years away, actually is just 370 light-years from Earth, according to results published May 24 in Science.
October 2013 was an exciting month for planetary science as researchers announced four unique planets. Nikku Madhusudhan of Yale University and colleagues found a rocky exoplanet that’s twice as wide as Earth and holds about eight times more mass than our planet. This super-Earth” orbits its Sun-like star, 55 Cancri, in just 18 hours.
A team of astrobiologists has invented a method of research that could identify life on other planets. Unfortunately, there’s just one problem, the telescope that will allow obtaining this information will be ready only in 2018.
Astronomers have discovered the largest yellow star ever observed in our galaxy, the Milky Way, which is 1,300 times larger than our sun and about 1 million times brighter than it, according to measurements made with a Very Large Telescope Interferometer of the European Southern Observatory in Paranal, Chile.
Scientists are about to observe a supermassive black hole‘s table manners. While studying the motions of stars near the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, astronomers discovered a huge gas cloud, called G2, heading directly toward it. The findings appeared in the January 5 issue of Nature.
All observers in the Northern Hemisphere will notice, this week, with the naked eye, the planet Jupiter, which will become the brightest object in the evening sky.
Astronomers have identified one of the “richest” planetary systems discovered so far, which includes seven planets, informs bbc.co.uk. The discovery of the seventh planet around the dwarf star KIC 11442793 could be considered a record, said two different teams of researchers.
An exotic planet, from the outside solar system, is floating alone through space without orbiting a star, was discovered by a team of astronomers, according to a study published in the United States.
NASA has confirmed the discovery of a record number of 715 new exoplanets, detected using the Kepler telescope. Four of these planets could sustain life.
A recent study published in February’s issue of the journal Astrobiology has a surprising theory suggesting biological processes might have been at work on the Red Planet.