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Asteroid Lander Lost In Space
The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa is ready to grab samples of asteroid Itokawa, but its tiny hopping lander failed to make it to the surface - Sky and Telescope
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Integral Reveals New Class Of ‘Supergiant’ X-ray Binary Stars
ESA’s Integral gamma-ray observatory has discovered a new, highly populated class of X-ray fast ‘transient’ binary stars, undetected in previous observations - ESA
Hubble, Sloan Quadruple Number Of Known Optical Einstein Rings
Astronomers have combined two powerful astronomical assets, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, to identify 19 new "gravitationally lensed" galaxies, adding significantly to the approximately 100 gravitational lenses previously known - Space Telescope Science Institute
Celestial Odd Couple Baffles Astronomers
New observations deepen a mystery over the ghostly remains of two dead stars that appear to be haunting the same region of space - New Scientist
Powerful Magnetar Blast From Another Galaxy
Six spacecraft have picked up a powerful burst of energy from a magnetar far beyond our Milky Way - Sky and Telescope
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The Land Of Three Rising Suns
More than a thousand planets reminiscent of Tatooine – Luke Skywalker's hypnotic world with multiple suns in Star Wars – could be lurking in our galactic neighbourhood - EurekAlert!
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Lonely Quasar May Have Host Galaxy After All
The mysterious quasar is burning bright, apparently with no galaxy to fuel it, but new research suggests its surroundings are simply too faint to see - New Scientist
Astrophysicists Put Kibosh On Alternative Theory Of Star Formation
Astrophysicists at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have exploded one of two competing theories about how stars form inside immense clouds of interstellar gas - UC Berkeley
Massive Meteorite Found
A professional meteorite collector from Kingston, Arkansas, Steve Arnold made the discovery of a lifetime in late October when he discovered a rare stony-iron meteorite weighing 1,400 pounds (640 kilograms) - Sky and Telescope
Polarised Light May Reveal Hidden Exoplanets
Scattered starlight may soon reveal the presence of extrasolar planets that cannot be detected by any other means, astronomers claim - New Scientist
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