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Huge disappointment: Researchers abandon ‘Big Bang’ evidence claims Huge disappointment: Researchers abandon ‘Big Bang’ evidence claims

It was big news back in March: scientists had apparently found direct evidence that the universe had been created by a "Big Bang" long, long ago. But now, they are abandoning those claims...

European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope images dark nebula European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope images dark nebula

The European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope has taken a detailed, glowing image of a dark nebula 1,300 light years from Earth in the constellation Puppis...

Influence of red dwarf stars could make mini-Neptunes perfect for life Influence of red dwarf stars could make mini-Neptunes perfect for life

A new study published in the journal Astrobiology suggests an unlikely possibility for habitable planets, ice giants known as "mini-Neptunes," that orbit low mass red M-dwarf stars...

Very Large Telescope snaps spectacular photo of ‘God’s Hand’ space globule Very Large Telescope snaps spectacular photo of ‘God’s Hand’ space globule

The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope has captured a new image of the spectacular and mysterious globule known as "God's Hand." Resembling a claw reaching into space, "God's Hand" is well understood in terms of how it formed, but scientists still don't know how they go about giving birth to new stars, according to a

Extremely old star found to have five orbiting planets: Do they have life? Extremely old star found to have five orbiting planets: Do they have life?

Scientists using the Kepler Space Telescope have discovered the oldest planetary system yet, dating back to the early days of the universe. The sun-like star, titled Kepler 444 and located in the constellation Lyre, is orbited by five small terrestrial planets, all smaller than the Earth...

Huge ring system that outdoes Saturn’s is discovered around exoplanet Huge ring system that outdoes Saturn’s is discovered around exoplanet

An enormous ring system approximately 200 times the size of Saturn's rings has been discovered circling a giant planet orbiting a young Sun-like star known as J1407...

Researchers: Outer solar system may have two undiscovered ‘super Earth’ planets Researchers: Outer solar system may have two undiscovered ‘super Earth’ planets

Anomalies in the orbits of small bodies in the outer solar system could be due to the presence of two planets more massive than the Earth far beyond the orbit of Pluto, according to researcher Carlos de la Fuente Marcos of Madrid's Complutense University...

Puzzling fast radio bursts finally observed in real time Puzzling fast radio bursts finally observed in real time

Unusual pulses of radio waves that have puzzled astronomers since they were first detected in 2007 have been observed in real time by scientists using the Parkes radio telescope in southeastern Australia in May 2014...

Researchers record unprecedented radio burst equal to 1 million years of Sun’s energy Researchers record unprecedented radio burst equal to 1 million years of Sun’s energy

A fast radio burst is an ultra-quick blast of radio waves that contains as much energy in its millisecond-long span as the Sun puts out in one million years...

Scientists can’t explain mysterious massive burst of radio waves deep in space Scientists can’t explain mysterious massive burst of radio waves deep in space

An immensely powerful blast of radio waves from very far away is causing a stir in the scientific community as astronomers scratch their heads over what caused it...