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Supermassive black holes can strangle star formation Supermassive black holes can strangle star formation

According to a National Radio Astronomy Observatory statement, a team of astronomers has used observations obtained by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array to discover an unassuming galaxy that cannot form new stars, thanks to its own black hole...

Kepler telescope finds new world possibly made up of 75 percent water Kepler telescope finds new world possibly made up of 75 percent water

In May 2013, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope suffered an apparently debilitating malfunction when the second of its four stabilizing reaction wheels became unusable; Kepler requires at least three functioning wheels to change its orientation...

On revamped mission, Kepler discovers planet 2.5 times larger than Earth On revamped mission, Kepler discovers planet 2.5 times larger than Earth

On a revamped planet-hunting mission following a 2013 malfunction, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope made its first discovery, a super-Earth approximately 180 light years away, known as HIP 116454b...

Scientists capture super-Earth 40 light-years away with ground telescope Scientists capture super-Earth 40 light-years away with ground telescope

According to a statement from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, observations from the 2...

Tidal effects leave rocky exoplanets stretched out, easier to detect Tidal effects leave rocky exoplanets stretched out, easier to detect

A new detection method may soon assist astronomers in finding and understanding rocky extra-solar planets (exoplanets) orbiting red dwarf stars. Smaller and fainter than the Sun, red dwarfs are the most common type of stars in the galaxy...

Young star might host Pluto-like bodies Young star might host Pluto-like bodies

HD 107146 is a Sun-like star about 90 light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices. At a mere 100 million years old, HD 107146 is a comparatively young star; it is now in a transition that our own Sun underwent early in its life, moving from the early stages of solar system formation to a system with planets in settled orbits...

Astronomer breaks the news: Space isn’t as pretty as you think Astronomer breaks the news: Space isn’t as pretty as you think

The internet is rife with awe-inspiring pictures of nebulae and stars. They're half of the reason that people claim to "f**king love science" and we at The Space Reporter can't claim that we don't love these beautiful photos...

Europe’s ‘Extremely Large Telescope’ will be a billion-dollar, 12-year job Europe’s ‘Extremely Large Telescope’ will be a billion-dollar, 12-year job

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has officially approved the construction of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) on the top of Cerro Armazones in the Chilean Atacama Desert...

Could this newly discovered Super-Earth be the next home for humans? Could this newly discovered Super-Earth be the next home for humans?

On the Island of La Palma, astronomers observed from a ground based 2...

After nine years of travel, New Horizons spacecraft sets sights on Pluto After nine years of travel, New Horizons spacecraft sets sights on Pluto

When New Horizons left Earth nine years ago, its destination was still being taught to schoolchildren as one of the 9 planets in our solar system. The spacecraft's final destination of Pluto has since lost its planet status, but that doesn't make its upcoming arrival at the mysterious dwarf planet any less exciting...