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Stars are giant, luminous spheres of plasma. Galaxies consist of stars, stellar remnants, dust, gas, and dark matter, bound together by gravity. Learn more about stars and galaxies.
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How Far, the Stars? Quasars Solve 'Seven Sisters' Star Cluster Mystery
Image of Pleiades Star Cluster
August 28th, 2014
A new measurement, which used quasars as bright and consistent relative-distance markers, charted the famous "Seven Sisters" star cluster at 136.2 parsecs, or 444 light-years, away from Earth.
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Traces of One of Universe's First Stars Detected
The Universe's First Massive Stars
August 21st, 2014
An ancient star in the halo surrounding the Milky Way galaxy appears to contain traces of material released by the death of one of the universe's first stars, a new study reports.
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Smash! Aftermath of Colossal Impact Spotted Around Sunlike Star
Artist’s Concept of Large Impact Around Star NGC 2547-ID8
August 28th, 2014
The researchers detected a huge disk of dusty debris around a sunlike star called NGC-2547 ID8. The cloud was likely spawned when two planetary building blocks slammed into each other just two years ago or so, scientists said.
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Supermassive Death: 3 Stars Eaten by Black Holes
Supermassive black hole jet conception
August 19th, 2014
Astrophysicists have analyzed two decades-worth of X-ray data and discovered three events inside galactic cores that can be interpreted in only one way: stellar destruction.
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3D Galactic Map May Solve Interstellar Puzzle
Maps of the Measured DIB Absorption
August 14th, 2014
Scientists have created the first 3D map of a type of astronomical interference that has puzzled astronomers for nearly a century. The new map could help scientists finally nail down what causes the interference.
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The Milky Way: How to See It in the Summer Night Sky
The Milky Way in the Northern Summer Sky
August 21st, 2014
Late summer is one of the best times of year to view the full splendor of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Seeing the Milky Way requires a special effort for most of us, but it's well worth the trouble.
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