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Orphan planet discovered

... discovered what looks like an enormous planet all on its own in deep space. Adam Murphy found out more from The Open ... David - How do you get a planet floating around on it’s own. Well, there are two ways: one way is you just form the ... and the interstellar medium starts to contract under its own gravity. And if it’s a big enough cloud you’ll get a ...

 Artist's concept of what a future telescope might see in looking at the black hole at the heart of the galaxy M87. Clumpy gas swirls around the black hole in an accretion disk, feeding the central beast. The black area at center is the black hole...

Stopping star formation in its tracks

... behind how galaxies form and develop, including our own cosmic neighbourhood, the Milky Way. Dr. Marc Sarzi, who ... forming stars a long time ago, and other galaxies like our own that have continuously formed stars throughout its ... where stars have been forming continuously, like our own Sun, 5 billion years ago." The cosmic gales from black ...

Exoplanet exploration

... Jackson through how and why she studies planets beyond our own solar system... Carole - My name is Carole Haswell. I'm ... being able to actually measure what planets outside our own solar system are made of or at least what their ... The Open University How we study planets beyond our own solar system... Exoplanet exploration ...

Star Devouring a Planet

How Massive can a Star be?

... stars, which have less than a tenth as much gas as our own Sun, to giant stars like Betelgeuse, with masses of ... planet like Jupiter, rather than a star that produces its own light. At the opposite end of the mass spectrum, if a gas ...

The Milky Way

Fact Impact - The Milky Way

... around 400 billion stars Many of them suns like our own, surrounded by their own planetary systems. The Milky Way is shaped like two fried ...

Artist's illustration of an 'isolated neutron star' -- one without associated supernova remnants, binary companions or radio pulsations.

What would happen to a thimble full of a neutron star if you brought it to Earth?

... weirdest things. Something like two times the mass of our own Sun and yet it's concentrated into a tiny, tiny region ... then you have all of these neutrons, and neutrons on their own are not actually stable particles. They're going to try ...

Searching for extrasolar planets

... it was a big question 20 years ago.  We had only our own planets at that time and the big question is, are we ... we have not really found a planet or a system like our own solar system. Chris -   Like the Earth is what you mean. ... technology that we have available today, look towards our own solar system, what would we be able to understand about ...

The Very Large Array at Socorro, New Mexico, United States.

South Africa and the Square Kilometre Array

... South African SKA bid, visited London and met up with our own Chris Smith. Bernie -   It will be made up of two ...

The Juno spacecraft will arrive in orbit around Jupiter in 2016

Finding our way through space

... presto; but what about navigating in space? Even in our own solar system the distances are measured in millions or ...

The first stars in the Universe turn on at about 400 million years after the Big Bang. WMAP data reveals the era.

What happens when a neutron star collapses?

... and it cools down a bit. It starts to collapse under its own gravity. Stars which are massive enough then start to ...

The star explodes violently in a supernova, leaving behind a black hole.

The Science of the Supernova

... when a massive star, meaning one much larger than our own Sun, suddenly collapses, explodes and spawns a black ...

Remnants of Kepler's Supernova - This image has been constructed of images from NASA's Spitzer space telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, and Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Most supernovae hidden by dust

... star, yet many seem to go unnoticed. For example, in our own Milky Way galaxy, there's ample evidence that supernovae ...

Laser-Powered Fusion

... confines itself. Ginny -   So, you're kind of using its own expansion to squeeze it together. Kate -   That's ...

Figure 1: The Andromeda Galaxy

The ALMA Telescope, Solar Orbiter, Autistic Mice and Chivalrous Crickets.

... first whilst they waited outside, increasing their own risk of predation and putting their own lives at risk. But as a reward, these males got to mate ...

"The Blue Marble" is a famous photograph of the Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft en route to the Moon at a distance of about 29,000 kilometres (18,000 mi). It shows Africa, Antarctica, and the Arabian Peninsula.

Why Earth isn’t a Watery World

... of star, but helps to fill in our understanding of how our own system evolved. Despite thinking of Earth as a “Blue ...

Up close and personal with our Sun

... Pole. Now the area around the Earth is dominated by our own magnetic field and we call this the 'magnetosphere of the ...

What stardust is made of...

... across the periodic table of the elements, will have it's own particular combination of spectral line. There is another ...