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Exact mass of non-transiting exoplanet measured for first time
A former Carnegie scientist has for the first time determined the mass of a non-transiting planet using a new technique that involves studying the carbon monoxide signature of the planet's atmosphere.

Billions of habitable worlds lurking in Milky Way boost odds of finding alien life
Our galaxy may be teeming with billions of habitable planets, which could have huge consequences on the search for extra-terrestrial life, according to a recent survey.

Black hole in our galaxy likely to suck in giant gas cloud in 2013
Astronomers have discovered a giant gas cloud, which is about to collide with the black hole in the center of our galaxy.

'Self-steering' rover tested in 'Mars-like' desert
ESA recently tested a self-steering planetary rover, developed by a top engineering team, in Chile's Mars-like Atacama Desert.

Sun-like stars' age measured to uncover Milky Way's history
A new discovery of stars' age may help understand how our Milky Way galaxy built itself up over billions of years from smaller galaxies.

Sun's twin may be home to 9 alien planets
A sun-like star, which is already known to host five alien planets, may actually have nine full-fledged worlds, according to a new study.

Some stars 'play baseball in space by trading rogue planets'
Billions of stars in our galaxy have harboured rogue planets that once roamed interstellar space, according to a new study.

Sandstorms in space discovered
Using new techniques, researchers have explored the atmospheres of distant, dying stars.

9 exoplanets 'may be orbiting Solar System's twin'
A star 127 light-years away, which stunned the world in 2010 by becoming the largest star system beyond our own, playing host to five, possibly seven alien worlds, is back in the headlines as it may actually have nine exoplanets orbiting it.

Astronomers get widest deep view of sky ever recorded
European Southern Observatory's (ESO) VISTA telescope has captured a treasure trove of over 200 000 galaxies using infrared light.

Ultra-deep cosmic image reveals treasure trove of 200000 galaxies
European Southern Observatory's (ESO) VISTA telescope has created the widest deep view of the sky ever recorded using infrared light.

Moon's reflected earthshine 'could aid search for exoplanet aliens'
A new analysis of Earthshine - sunlight reflected off the Earth and then bounced back by the moon, suggests that this is a practical way to seek life on exoplanets.

World's largest virtual mirror created by linking 4 telescopes
Astronomers have created the world's largest virtual optical telescope by linking four telescopes in Chile so that they operate as a single device.

Newly found super-Earth called 'best candidate' to support life
Scientists have discovered a potentially habitable super-Earth orbiting a nearby star.

Incredible new view of Eagle Nebula's 'Pillars of Creation' captured
Two of European Space Agency's telescopes have captured magnificent new view of the iconic Eagle Nebula, which was distinctively dubbed as "Pillars of Creation" when it was pictured by the Hubble telescope in 1995.

Fastest-rotating star spins at 600 kilometres per second!
Scientists have for the first time discovered the fastest-rotating massive star, which spins at the speed of 600 kilometers per second at the equator and could be the progenitor of some of the brightest explosions in the universe: gamma-ray bursts.

'Massive' newborn stars to stir up galaxy
Cluster of super massive stars, which are yet to be observed in our galaxy, may provide clue about how energy is transmitted in such extreme environments, a new study has suggested.

Astronomers crack 'Fried Egg Nebula' in infrared sky
Scientists have for the first time captured images of one of the brightest stars in the infrared sky surrounded by a huge dusty double shell - thanks to the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT).

Pandora's cluster 'is a result of 350-million-year-old crash'
With the help of telescopes in space and on the ground, a team of scientists studying the galaxy cluster Abell 2744 has pieced together the cluster's complex and violent history.

Rosetta spacecraft captures 1st images of 2014 target comet
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has succeeded in obtaining the first glimpse of its 2014 target - comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko - using its onboard camera OSIRIS, even though it is approximately 160 million km away from the comet.

Picture postcard of Milky Way's identical twin galaxy baffles sky watchers
The uncanny resemblance of NGC 6744, a galaxy about 30 million light years away from Earth, to our own Milky Way has astounded astronomers.

5,000-km-wide rare storm wreaking havoc on 'normally calm' Saturn
NASA's Cassini spacecraft and a European Southern Observatory ground-based telescope have tracked a rare storm in Saturn's northern hemisphere.

Dwarf planet Haumea covered in crystalline water-ice
Scientists have found that the fifth dwarf planet of the Solar System, Haumea, and its two satellites, (Hi'iaka and Namaka) are covered in crystalline water-ice, making them shine in the darkness of space.

Glowing bright pink spiral galaxy closer than previously thought
A new image of the star-forming regions of a nearby spiral galaxy has suggested that it is closer than previously thought.

Telescope captures star-forming region - Lagoon Nebula
The European Southern Observatory's (ESO's) UK-designed and built VISTA telescope has captured a new image of a star-forming region known as the Lagoon Nebula that lies about 4,000 to 5,000 light-years away.

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