Two massive Jupiter-like planets were recently discovered orbiting around two extremely close sister stars an unexpected find, given the disturbing gravitational effects within most binary star systems that usually disrupt planets from forming. Full story
Shuttle crewmates for Hubble's final fix-up list their favorite images from the famous space telescope.
Sloan Digital Sky Survey spectroscopy of this inconspicuous blue object — SDSS1102+2054 — reveals it to be an extremely rare stellar remnant: a white dwarf with an oxygen-rich atmosphere.
A simulation of a star's final hours may help scientists uncover what triggers its death. The program simulated the death of a white dwarf , which is a compact remnant of a star similar to our sun.
This artist's concept illustrates a dead star, or white dwarf, surrounded by the bits and pieces of a disintegrating asteroid. The scene suggests the raw material for planets like Earth are common. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech