astronomy

Astronomers discover simple sugar molecules floating in gas around a distant star

Astronomers discover simple sugar molecules floating in gas around a distant star

Astronomers have announced an interesting discovery around a distant star 400 light years from Earth. The astronomers have discovered simple sugar molecules floating in gas around the star in the Rho Ophiuchi star-forming region. According to the astronomers, the discovery doesn't indicate there's any life around the star in question, but shows that the basic building blocks for life can be found even before planets begin to form.

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Astronomers discover twins to our Milky Way galaxy

Astronomers discover twins to our Milky Way galaxy

Our Milky Way galaxy is a spiral galaxy and as special as it is, it's certainly not the only galaxy of its kind in the universe. Astronomers have announced the discovery of two galaxies that are nearly a perfect match for the Milky Way. According to astronomers, spiral galaxies are common, but these newfound twin galaxies share other key features of our Milky Way.

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Huge sunspot forebodes major solar flares

Huge sunspot forebodes major solar flares

An enormous sunspot observed on the sun over the weekend may portend problematic solar activity, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report. The cool area of the sun known as AR1476, which contains multiple sunspots big enough to see with even basic astronomy equipment, displayed complex beta-gamma magnetic fields as it passed within view of the Earth on May 6th.

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Constant comet impacts create cosmic light show

Constant comet impacts create cosmic light show

Even casual students of astronomy know that comets ringing a star in semi-stable orbits is a common universal occurrence, even for our own Sol. But European astronomers have found one star that has an astounding number of them: as many as 83 trillion, to the best of the scientists' estimates. This incredible number of orbital bodies creates constant collisions in space, which in turn litters the solar area with massive amounts of ice and dust, the reflections of which can be seen from our own high-powered infrared telescopes 25 light years away. The amount of mass that this dust represents at any given time is about a hundred times that of the Earth.

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