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Orion's Dragon

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The Dragon in Orion's Nebula

NASA's planebound SOFIA observatory has captured a far-infrared view of the Orion Nebula that reveals the actions of the region's stars — and the striking illusion of a dragon at the nebula's core.

Image of a pinwheel of dust around a massive star

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Glowing Serpent Found in the Sky

Astronomers have discovered a star generating a pinwheel of dust 8,000 lightyears away, which may shed some light on the last stages of massive star evolution.

A Colorful problem

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Ducks in Disguise or How Stars Hide Their True Colors

Do star clusters form all at once or over several generations? A team of astronomers finds an answer among the spinning stars of an amateur favorite, the Wild Duck Cluster. 

Image showing location of 2MASS J18082002–5104378

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Puny Star Might Be Specimen from Early Universe

A low-mass sun with few elements heavier than helium provides hope that the Galaxy might contain survivors from the very first generation of stars. 

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Speeding White Dwarfs May Point to Past Explosions

A recent study has discovered three of the fastest stars — white dwarfs — known in the Milky Way. But these stars may be more than just speeders — they might also be evidence of how Type Ia supernovae occur.

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Two Explosions with Similar Quirks

High-energy radiation released during the merger of two neutron stars last year has left astronomers puzzled. Could a burst of gamma rays from 2015 help us to piece together a coherent picture of both explosions?

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A New Look at the Solar Corona

The hot, tenuous solar corona is visible during a total solar eclipse, and astronomers have long studied the structure and dynamics of the ghostly coronal streamers. Now, a special observing campaign has allowed us to see the corona in unprecedented detail.

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Surprise Discovery of a 14-Year-Old Supernova

Much of today’s astronomy happens via methodical searches, but sometimes serendipitous discoveries still surprise us. Such is the case with the transient CGS2004A, a possible supernova recently detected in a galaxy nearly 50 million light-years away.

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Seen at Last: A Superfast Jet Streams Away from Neutron-star Smashup

A new finding suggests that LIGO’s neutron-star merger was a typical gamma-ray burst after all.

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What Makes Supernovae Superluminous?

A new technique gives astronomers a closer look at what makes some stellar carnage so incredibly luminous.

contact binary star

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Typo Throws Off Timing for Expected Binary Star Merger

Revised data changed expectations for a star pair that was supposed to merge in 2022.


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The Storm Begins: Canadian Telescope Spots Its First Radio Burst

The first "fast radio burst" detected by the Canadian CHIME radio telescope is a tantalizing hint of what’s to come.

Eta Carinae

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Sibling Rivalry Caused Eta Carinae's Historic Explosion

Faint echoes of light illuminate what really happened during the Great Eruption of the super-star Eta Carinae.


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Mind the Gap: Gaia Mission Reveals the Insides of Stars

Astronomers have discovered a hiccup in stellar luminosities that may point to a new understanding of stellar structure.

supernova 1987A

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Wheel-spoke Magnetic Field in Supernova 1987A

Researchers have mapped the magnetic field in Supernova 1987A, shedding light on how stellar blasts act as particle accelerators.

tidal disruption event illustration

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Black Hole Destroys Star and Shoots Jet

Astronomers have watched the growth of a jet fueled by a shredded star.

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The Aftermath of GW170817: Neutron Star or Black Hole?

A team of scientists says we now have an answer to one of the biggest mysteries of GW170817: after the neutron stars collided, what object was formed?

Dusty starburst galaxy (art)


Too Many Massive Stars in Universe's Youngest Galaxies

A new method of measuring star formation in the earliest galaxies finds that they’re producing more massive stars than expected — a result that could affect our understanding of how galaxies grow their stars.

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A Massive Neutron Star with a Two-Faced Companion

How massive can a neutron star get? In a recent study, scientists may have identified the most massive neutron star yet — by leveraging observations of its highly irradiated companion.

G2 en route to black hole

The Black Hole Files with Camille Carlisle

More Mystery Objects in the Galactic Center

Astronomers have discovered three more red, dusty objects near the Milky Way’s central black hole that could be merged stars.