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When Cosmic Giants Meet Galactic Dwarfs

By David Reneke

What happens when two different-sized galaxies collide?

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New “Puffy Planet” Found

By David Reneke

A “puffy planet” has been discovered, as well as fresh evidence that asteroids have delivered water to exoplanets.

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An Underground Ocean on Jupiter’s Largest Moon

By David Reneke

An underground ocean has been discovered on Jupiter’s largest moon.

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Galactic Dinosaurs Aren’t Extinct

By David Reneke

Astronomers have found that compact massive galaxies that roamed the early universe have been hiding in plain sight.

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Astronomers Locate Oldest Known Solar System

By David Reneke

At 11.2 billion years of age, Kepler-444 is the oldest star with Earth-like planets ever found.

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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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