Astronomers say exoplanet was actually a dust cloud

The exoplanet Fomalhaut-b likely never was, say astronomers. Their work suggests an expanding cloud of dust instead.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
April 21, 2020 ~8 min

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Milky Way may fling stars from its center

The Milky Way may be catapulting stars into its outer galactic halo, researchers say. The finding could change how we think about how star systems are born.

Brian Bell-UC Irvine • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

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The ‘queen of supernovas’ is the brightest ever

Researchers have discovered the brightest supernova ever seen, dubbing it the "queen of supernovas," It's twice as bright as a regular supernova.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
April 15, 2020 ~5 min

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Is this what our solar system’s ‘force field’ looks like?

There's a protective bubble around our solar system called the heliosphere. New research may bridge the divide between two major theories.

Kate Becker-Boston University • futurity
March 20, 2020 ~9 min

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Astronomers say Betelgeuse isn’t about to pop, just dusty

The star Betelgeuse dimmed 40% last year, fueling popular speculation that the red supergiant would soon explode as a massive supernova.

James Urton-Washington • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~6 min

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Massive white dwarf may actually be two stars

A massive white dwarf star with a bizarre atmosphere is actually two stars that merged. They just narrowly missed exploding into a supernova, researchers say.

Peter Thorley-Warwick • futurity
March 2, 2020 ~6 min

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Eureka! Planet Finder validates Neptune-sized exoplanet

The Habitable-zone Planet Finder has confirmed the existence of an exoplanet that is likely close in size to Neptune, only 100 light years from Earth.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~5 min

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A year on this planet is just 18 hours. Will it soon die?

Exoplanet NGTS-10b is either "in the last stages of its life, or somehow it's able to live here longer than it should."

Peter Thorley-Warwick • futurity
Feb. 20, 2020 ~5 min

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Starlight alone can tear asteroids into pieces

Like a real life version of the game Asteroids, the majority of stars will become so luminous that their light causes asteroids to break into smaller bits.

Peter Thorley-Warwick • futurity
Feb. 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology asteroids light space stars white-dwarfs

Stardust in meteorite is oldest solid stuff ever found on Earth

New research determines that stardust from the Murchison meteorite is the oldest solid material ever found on Earth.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Jan. 15, 2020 ~4 min

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