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Hubble provides fresh insights into "standard candle" supernovae

The Hubble Space Telescope has granted astronomers fresh insights into a special family of supernovae that represent a vital tool for astronomers attempting to measure vast cosmic distances. The discovery revolved around observing the aftermath of a Type Ia supernova, analyzing the properties of the residual light.Read More

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First analysis of Earth-sized planet's atmosphere reveals surprises

Using instrumentation aboard the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have been able for the first time to detect and analyze the atmospheric composition of a distant super-Earth (a planet roughly the size of our own). The findings show that the planet's atmosphere is rich in hydrogen, carbon and helium, giving scientists important clues as to how such planets might have formed and evolved.Read More

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NASA weighs collosal, ancient galaxy cluster

A team of astronomers has used data collected by a trio of NASA's orbital telescopes in order to weigh an ancient galaxy cluster dating back to 3.8 billion years after the universe was created. Known as IDCS J1426.5+3508 (IDCS 1426), the cluster is the largest structure of its kind ever discovered in this period. Located 10 billion light-years from Earth, it boasts a mass of 500 trillion times that of our Sun – the equivalent of around 1,000 Milky Ways.Read More

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Astronomers observe predicted supernova explosion

For the first time, a team of astronomers has successfully made observations of a predicted supernova. The enormous cosmic explosion, nicknamed Refsdal, is believed to have occurred roughly 10 billion years ago, and owes its foreshadowing to a rare astronomical phenomenon known as an Einstein Cross, which led to the recent spotting which took place on Dec. 11th.Read More

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New study claims that the vast majority of Earth-like worlds do not yet exist

A newly-published NASA and Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) study is asserting that roughly 92 percent of habitable worlds have yet to be created. The research draws on data collected by NASA's Hubble and Kepler space telescopes, with the aim of placing the creation of Earth, and the potential for advanced life in the greater context of the Universe.Read More

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