Massive outburst in neighbor galaxy surprises astronomers
Arecibo PR (SPX) Jan 10, 2013 – The surprising discovery of a massive outburst in a neighboring galaxy is giving astronomers a tantalizing look at what likely is a powerful belch by a gorging black hole at the galaxy’s center. The scientists were conducting a long-term study of molecules in galaxies, when one of the galaxies showed a dramatic change. “The discovery was entirely serendipitous. Our observations were spread … more

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NASA’s Hubble Reveals Rogue Planetary Orbit For Fomalhaut B
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 10, 2013 – Newly released NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of a vast debris disk encircling the nearby star Fomalhaut and a mysterious planet circling it may provide forensic evidence of a titanic planetary disruption in the system. Astronomers are surprised to find the debris belt is wider than previously known, spanning a section of space from 14 to nearly 20 billion miles from the star. Even mor … more

Exocomets may be as common as exoplanets
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jan 09, 2013 – Comets trailing wispy tails across the night sky are a beautiful byproduct of our solar system’s formation, icy leftovers from 4.6 billion years ago when the planets coalesced from rocky rubble. The discovery by astronomers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Clarion University in Pennsylvania of six likely comets around distant stars suggests that comets – dubbed “exocomets” – … more