Shields up, Captain! There's an unidentified entity ahead! On second thoughts, no need to take evasive action -- this particular space blob is just the glowing remains of a sun-like star, 3,300 light-years away. ->
Alpha Centauri A has been seen to have a cool layer in its atmosphere, just above it's surface -- the first time this has been observed in a star other than the sun. ->
A neutron star has been discovered orbiting its binary partner every 93 minutes -- a record.
A cool brown dwarf has been detected through the radio waves generated by its magnetic field -- could the method be used to detect exoplanets with magnetospheres?
If a large gas giant drifts too close to its star, it might have its thick atmosphere stripped, leaving its bare, rocky core.
Despite our best search strategies, are signals from E.T. manifested in anomalous flashes of radio energy from our galaxy that are missed, or dismissed as natural phenomena?
The Herschel Space Observatory has spotted a young star blasting a cavity out of a nebula. The resulting 'bubble' is sparking the birth of more stars, one of them with the potential to grow into a stellar 'Goliath'.
Stellar nurseries are chock-full of energetic phenomena, it's little wonder that we are always finding new and bizarre things in star-forming regions.
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