Barnard’s Star Not So Life-Friendly After All

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Barnard’s star, a 10-billion-year-old red dwarf just 6 light-years from Earth, is still very active and potentially destructive for the atmospheres of any exoplanets orbiting around it, according to new research led by University of Colorado astronomers. Barnard’s star, otherwise known as Gliese 699 or GJ 699, is an M3.5 dwarf… […]

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Denisovan Mitochondrial DNA Found in Tibetan Cave

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In 1980, the 160,000-year-old fossilized partial jawbone of a Denisovan — the so-called Xiahe mandible — was found in Baishiya Karst Cave, a limestone cave at the northeast margin of the Tibetan Plateau. Now, an international team of researchers has extracted genetic material from the sediments in Baishiya Karst Cave and… […]

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VLT Snaps Stunning Image of Skull Nebula

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Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have captured a beautiful image of a planetary nebula called the Skull Nebula. Also known as NGC 246 or Caldwell 56, the Skull Nebula is located 1,671 light-years away in the southern constellation of Cetus. Discovered on November 27, 1785 by the German-born British… […]

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Hubble Space Telescope Spies Spiral Galaxy Edge-On

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The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced an outstanding image of a spiral galaxy called UGCA 193. UGCA 193 is located approximately 32 million light-years away in the constellation of Sextans. Also known as FGC 998 or LEDA 29086, this galaxy is a member of the NGC 3115 group, a small… […]

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