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A colossal star many times the mass of our own Sun is seen growing in a bubble of excited gas just pictured by the Herschel space observatory.


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A supermassive black hole may have been observed in the process of being hurled from its parent galaxy at high speed.


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I'm angry that we are no longer able to enjoy a dark garden or clearly see the night sky. It's like having to inhale a smoker's cigarette smoke.


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A capsule thought to contain the first samples grabbed from the surface of an asteroid has returned to Earth.


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An asteroid pile-up sent debris swirling around the Solar System, including a chunk that later smashed into Earth wiping out the great beasts.


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Scientists have made their most accurate measurement yet of the mass of a mysterious neutrino particle. ... A neutrino is capable of passing through a light-year (about six trillion miles) of lead without hitting a single atom.


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An object that hit Jupiter last year with a force equivalent to a few thousand nuclear bombs, which left it with a scar the size of the Pacific Ocean was probably an asteroid, say astronomers.


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A new telescope facility in Hawaii designed to search for asteroids and comets which could threaten Earth has been made operational.


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Europe's Rosetta space probe has flown past the Asteroid Lutetia, returning a stream of scientific data for analysis. The rock - some 120km in its longest dimension - is the biggest asteroid yet visited by a satellite.


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These molecules are the "third type of carbon" - with the first two types being graphite and diamond.


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The team used the Very Large Telescope in Chile to study the supernova 1987A, which lies 168,000 light-years away. The results show the original blast was very powerful and concentrated in one particular direction. Seen in 1987, it was the first supernova visible with the naked eye to have been observed for some 383 years.


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By putting their home computers to work when they would otherwise be idle, three "citizen scientists" have discovered a rare astronomical object.


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The Gaia satellite will be sent far from Earth to map the positions of more than a billion stars in our galaxy.


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