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It’s Raining on the Sun

By David Reneke

It’s raining on the Sun, and the asteroid Vesta may reshape our knowledge of planet formation.

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Close, Cold Neighbour of Sun

By David Reneke

The coldest brown dwarf ever known has been discovered only 7.2 light-years away.

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Possible “Exomoon” Found

By David Reneke

Astronomers find a possible “exomoon” and a dead galaxy orbiting the Milky Way.

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Scientists Detect the Cause of the Sun’s “Perfect Storm”

By David Reneke

Astronomers have deduced the cause of a massive solar storm, and set standards to prevent profiteering from the naming of space objects.

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Australians Discover the Oldest Star

By David Reneke

Astronomers have discovered the oldest known star in the universe, and ice and water vapour have been detected on Ceres.

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Dusty Surprise around Giant Black Hole

By David Reneke

The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer has gathered the most detailed observations ever of the dust around the huge black hole at the centre of an active galaxy.

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Galactic Cloud Map Takes Shape

By David Reneke

Dave Reneke’s wrap-up of space and astronomy news.

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The First 100,000 Years of the Universe

By David Reneke

Astronomers view the first 100,000 years of the universe, and NASA outlines the scientific goals for a future landed spacecraft mission to Europa.

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