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Earth in Motion and the Galaxies Around it

Once scientists realized that their understanding of the distribution of galaxies was incorrect, researchers began studying the large scale structure of the universe to better…

Black Holes Have an Appetite for Stars

It seems that black holes have appetites large enough to swallow stars. Astronomers at the University of Utah and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have…

Rogue Planets Captured by Stars

According to a new study set to be published this week, rogue planets might not be alone forever. The study details how rogue planets are…

Runaway Planets at 30 Million MPH

It’s hard to imagine planets that zip around at 30 million mph, but it was only a few years ago that astronomers found a “flying…

Origins of Type Ia Supernovae

While studying SN 2011fe and using X-ray and ultraviolet observations from NASA’s Swift satellite, researchers were able to provide new insights into the origins of…