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How Much Does the Milky Way Weigh?

By David Reneke

How much does the Milky Way weigh?

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A Habitable Planet May Be Just Around The Corner

By David Reneke

Astronomers have discovered the closest habitable planet outside our solar system, and discovered one of the biggest black holes ever.

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CSIRO Technology behind World’s Largest Telescope

By David Reneke

CSIRO technology is behind the world’s largest single dish radio telescope, and astronomers have found a peanut-shaped galaxy.

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A “Baby Earth” in the Making

Astronomers may have seen a “baby Earth” forming, and have found that Saturn’s moons may be younger than the dinosaurs.

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A New Spin on Star-Forming Galaxies

By Dave Reneke

Astronomers calculate that black holes at the heart of galaxies could swell to 50 billion times the mass of the Sun, and determine why some galaxies are “clumpy” rather than spiral in shape.

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Most Earth-Like Worlds Are Unborn

Credit: ESA/NASA

An artist's impression of innumerable Earth-like planets that have yet to be born over the next trillion years in the evolving universe. Credit: ESA/NASA

Astronomers have peered behind the Milky Way and determined that 92% of habitable planets have not yet been born.

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A Milestone in Predicting Solar Flares

By Dave Reneke

A milestone in predicting solar flares, and the discovery of a global ocean on Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

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Pulsar Glitches Help to Weigh a Star

By Dave Reneke

Pulsar glitches help to weigh a star, and Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is shrinking.

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Regional Processes Led to Huge Martian Floods

By David Reneke

Regional processes led to huge Martian floods, and interstellar seeds could have created oases of life throughout the universe.

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A Village on the Moon

By Dave Reneke

The ESA wants to build a Moon base, and the search for ET scales up

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