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Scientists Find "Fingerprint" of the Oldest Star in the Universe

At 13.7 billion years old, the universe is inconceivably ancient. As new stars are born every day, its cosmic inhabitants are constantly changing, but scientists have now discovered the oldest star existing in space.

The old timer was identified by a team of astronomers from The Australian National University, who believe it formed...
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Travel to the Stars May be Much Closer than Previously Thought

The speed of light may be the key to our getting off this planet. NASA physicist Harold G. White and his team are trying to determine whether faster-than-light travel--a "Star Trek"-type warp drive--might someday be possible (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). In the July 23rd edition of the New York Times, Danny Hakim...
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Star Might Have THREE Habitable Planets

Astronomers have identified a star system just 22 light years from Earth with three planets that could potentially harbor life. The Gliese star system is easy to locate in the constellation Scorpius. The two main stars, Gliese 667A and B, are visible to the naked eye, but the one with the planets, Gliese 667C, requires a telescope to see....
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When a Star Screams

Ever heard a star scream? Astrophysicists have detected the oscillating signal that heralds the last gasps of a star being sucked up by a previously dormant supermassive black hole.

The "screams," scientifically known as "quasiperiodic oscillations," occurred steadily every 200 seconds, but occasionally...
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We've Discovered a New Kind of Shooting Star

One that is shooting water! A geyser of water is spurting up from the poles of a star that is 750 light-years from the earth at a rate of 124,000 mpg, creating "water bullets" that it shoots deep into space. If it has other planets around it, the...
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How to Create a Star

And WHY - In their unending search for extraterrestrial life, astronomers have discovered a new way to search for planets as small as the Earth that are in orbit around distant stars.

PhysOrg.com reports that this is something called Transit Timing Variation (TTV). Transits take place where a planet moves in front of...

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Canopus Reveals Itself

The southern pole star, Canopus, is rarely visible in thenorthern hemisphere, but it can be seen tonight south of theapproximate latitude of Los Angeles or Birmingham. It willbe the second brightest star after Sirius. By a seeming coincidence, this week's Dreamland and subscriber interviews discuss Canopus and the ancient Egyptian belief that...

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Was There Really a Christmas Star?

Was the Star of Bethlehem described in the Bible real? Using new knowledge about old astrological beliefs as well as computer planetary tables, astronomers have speculated that it could have been a group of planets, a meteor or comet, or a supernova. One problem is the uncertainty of Jesus' birth date?the only thing scholars are sure of is that...

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