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The Milky Way's Newest Satellite
A diffuse collection of stars southwest of the Big Dipper's bowl is a small galaxy revolving around our own, say astronomers in the United States and Europe - Astronomy
From Galaxy Collisions To Star Birth: ISO Finds The Missing Link
Data from ISO, the infrared observatory of the European Space Agency (ESA), have provided the first direct evidence that shock waves generated by galaxy collisions excite the gas from which new stars will form - ESA
Dying Stars Could Make Frozen Planets Habitable
Planet hunters should look for potential havens for life around dying stars, suggest new calculations - New Scientist
Comet-Crashing Mission's Myopic Eye
NASA announced last March 25th that Deep Impact, which is en route for a July 4th encounter with Comet Tempel 1, is experiencing a technical glitch that is preventing the flyby spacecraft's primary camera from reaching perfect focus - Sky and Telescope
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Black Holes 'Do Not Exist'
Black holes are staples of science fiction and many think astronomers have observed them indirectly. But according to a physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, these awesome breaches in space-time do not and indeed cannot exist - Nature
NGC 1316: Dust In The Wind
The dust clouds swirling in front of the galaxy are seen with unprecedented clarity in this image taken with the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys - Sky and Telescope
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Chondrules, By Jove! - New Research Links Shock Heating Of Meteorite Chondrules To Jupiter's Formation
Dynamic simulations of the early solar system show giant shock waves surfing across the protoplanetary disk from the orbit of Jupiter and striking circling dust grains with enough speed to fuse them - Astronomy
Dark Days For Dark Energy?
A paper invokes the 25-year-old inflation theory to explain away dark energy — a mysterious force that astronomers have recently embraced to explain why the universe's expansion is accelerating - Sky and Telescope
Crater Count Led Mars Historians Astray
The method used by planetary scientists to estimate the ages of various regions of Mars is flawed - New Scientist
Robotic Explorer Struts Its Stuff - NASA Successfully Tests Robotic Prototype That May Join Exploration
Like a supermodel sauntering across a Milan catwalk, showcasing the latest fashion, a robotic prototype recently crept across a floor, displaying future exploration technology - Astronomy
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