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A Massive Star Has Disappeared Without a Trace

An unusually bright star in a nearby galaxy has gone missing, in a mystery of cosmic proportions. Read More >>

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Gigantic Splotches on the Star Betelgeuse Might Explain Its Freaky Dimming

Betelgeuse – a gigantic star in the final stages of its life – has been exhibiting dramatic drops in brightness. New research attributes enormous star spots to Betelgeuse’s flaky appearance, though on a scale never seen before. Read More >>

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NASA’s New Horizons Probe Is So Far Away It Now Sees Stars in Different Positions Than We Do

A NASA parallax experiment involving New Horizons shows the probe now sees some stars in slightly different positions than we do on Earth, revealing just how far the spacecraft is from home. Read More >>

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Astronomers Spot the Brightest Supernova Ever Recorded

Back in 2016, a telescope spotted a supernova flaring so brightly that it far outshone its own galaxy. The exploded star continued emitting radiation for more than 1,000 days, unleashing more energy than any supernova previously documented. But that’s only the start of the story. Read More >>

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How Neon Can Make a Star Destroy Itself

Some stars have the element neon to thank for their ultimate, explosive demise, according to astrophysical research. Read More >>

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Oh Yeah, Betelgeuse Is Definitely Looking Weirder

At this point, we’re all crossing our fingers that the dying star Betelgeuse will hurry up and explode already, because who doesn’t love a good show? The red giant star (visible in the constellation Orion) has been growing dimmer since late last year, leading many to speculate it could soon go supernova. Scientists operating the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope have released new images of the supergiant star – and yep, it looks weird. Read More >>

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Astrophysicists Observe Star Dragging Space-Time

Scientists have observed a spinning star dragging space-time along with it, according to a new paper. Read More >>

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If You Make It to 2083, You Could Witness Two Stars Collide

Scientists have predicted that a pair of stars in our galaxy will collide, producing an explosion that will temporarily become one of the brightest objects in the night sky. They don’t know exactly when it will happen, but they estimate it will be later this century. Read More >>

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What’s Going on With Betelgeuse?

Social media and news headlines are ablaze with talk of the red giant star Betelgeuse since astronomers noted that it’s growing fainter than ever before. Yes, the red giant star is growing closer to the end of its life, and that end will likely be explosive. Read More >>

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Weird ‘Vanishing Stars’ Could Potentially Be Aliens, Study Claims

A comparative analysis of historical and contemporary astronomical data has resulted in the discovery of approximately 100 star-like objects that unexpectedly vanished. These strange occurrences are likely natural, but scientists say alien technology is a remote possibility. Read More >>

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Black Hole Kicks Star Out of Milky Way

Astronomers have uncovered a star leaving the galaxy at an extremely fast pace. They also found out why. Turns out, it was unceremoniously booted out by The Milky Way's supermassive black hole. Read More >>

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This Enormous Supernova Was Unlike Anything Seen Before

Astronomers have observed a supernova unlike any ever observed before, and it might be strong evidence of an important kind of stellar death that would have shaped early galaxies. Read More >>

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New Campaign Is Asking Every Country on Earth to Name Distant Worlds

A new campaign headed by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) called IAU100 NameExoWorlds will allow each country in the world to name a star and its exoplanet, the IAU announced on Thursday. Read More >>

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Chinese Astronomers Saw an Exploding Star 2,000 Years Ago. Scientists May Have Just Found the Remains

Scientists think that they’ve stumbled upon the remains of a stellar explosion first observed by Chinese astronomers over 2,000 years ago, according to a new paper. Read More >>