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From SPACE.com: "Newfound Alien Planet Has Longest Year Known for Transiting World"

SPACE.com

July 22, 2014
Mike Wall, Senior Writer

A newfound alien planet is one for the record books.

The alien planet Kepler-421b — which crosses the face of, or transits, its host star from Earth’s perspective — takes 704 Earth days to complete one orbit, and thus has the longest year known for any transiting alien world, researchers said. 543 more words

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From SPACE.com: "Mount Wilson Observatory: Facts & Discoveries"

July 18, 2014
Elizabeth Howell

Mount Wilson Observatory is a Los Angeles-area facility with several telescopes open to astronomers and the public. Located on a mountaintop at an altitude of more than 5,000 feet (1,524 meters), the observatory has been a useful location over the decades for measurements on stars, galaxies and other astronomical objects. 1,095 more words

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From SPACE.com: "Betelgeuse: The Eventual Supernova"

SPACE.com

July 18, 2013
Elizabeth Howell

Betelgeuse is a star nearing the end of its life. Because it is creating heavier and heavier elements in its core that could be used for stars after it dies, a NASA story once dubbed… 493 more words

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From SPACE.com: "The Hunt for Exoplanets Heats Up"

July 16, 2014
Kelen Tuttle, The Kavli Foundation

It’s a time of amazing discovery in the hunt for planets in other solar systems. Over the past six months, more than 700… 667 more words

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From SPACE.com- "Quasars: Brightest Objects in the Universe"

August 23, 2012
Nola Taylor Redd

Shining so brightly that they eclipse the ancient galaxies that contain them, quasars are distant objects powered by black holes… 1,065 more words

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From SPACE.com: "Found! Most Distant Stars in the Milky Way Galaxy"

July 10, 2014
Mike Wall

The boundaries of our home galaxy may have to be redrawn.

Astronomers have discovered the farthest-flung stars yet known in the Milky Way. 507 more words

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