Features

More Planets in the Hyades Cluster

Three planets have been discovered around a star in the nearby Hyades cluster, potentially providing insight into the early lives of planets similar to our own.

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Features

Star-Forming Clouds Feed, Churn, and Fall

New simulations explore the lives of molecular clouds, the birthplaces of stars in galaxies throughout the universe.

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Astrobites

Hunting for the Faintest Galaxies

Astrobites reports on how we might find faint and distant dwarf galaxies without individually resolving their stars.

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Images

Featured Image: Making Dust in the Lab

This remarkable photograph — which spans only ~10 µm across — reveals what happens when you form dust grains in a laboratory under conditions similar to those of interstellar space.

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Features

Which of Kepler’s Stars Flare?

The habitability of distant exoplanets is dependent upon many factors — one of which is the activity of their host stars. A new study explores flares on Kepler stars.

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Features

Exploring Our Galaxy’s Thick Disk

What is the structure of the Milky Way’s disk, and how did it form? A new study uses giant stars to explore these questions.

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Astrobites

Planet Frequencies in the Galactic Bulge

Astrobites reports on a survey with the Spitzer Space Telescope to find distant exoplanets acting as tiny lenses.

jet-cloud interaction simulation

What happens when the highly energetic jet from the center of an active galaxy rams into surrounding clouds of gas and dust?

cosmic rays

The Sun plays an important role in protecting us from cosmic rays, energetic particles that pelt us from outside our solar system. But can we predict when and how it will provide the most protection?