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Dawn Closes in on Ceres

By David Reneke

A spacecraft is about to enter the orbit of Ceres, and construction of the world’s biggest optical and infrared telescope has been approved.

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Dwarf Galaxy Could Be an Ejected Black Hole

By David Reneke

Astronomers have observed what could be a massive black hole that has been ejected into space after two galaxies collided.

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Hubble Finds Kuiper Belt Targets for New Horizons

By David Reneke

The Hubble has found Kuiper Belt targets for the New Horizons program, and monster galaxies are gaining weight by cannibalising neighbours.

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Mysterious Signals from Beyond Our Galaxy

By David Reneke

Mysterious signals have been detected from beyond our galaxy, and an exoplanet’s size has been measured to an accuracy of 1%.

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The Search for Alien Polluters

By David Reneke

Astronomers search for alien air pollution, and Earth-based lasers could zap space junk.

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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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