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How Giant Black Holes Spin: New Twist Revealed

A newly discovered way to determine the spin of monster black holes could help shed light on the evolution of these bizarre objects and the galaxies they anchor. Full story

'Comet of the Century' already may have fizzled out

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Astronomers slated to meet this week to discuss observing plans for Comet ISON may not have much to talk about. The so-called "Comet of the Century" may already have fizzled out. Full story

Astronomer finds new moon orbiting Neptune

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - An astronomer studying archived images of Neptune taken by the Hubble Space Telescope has found a 14th moon orbiting the planet, NASA said on Monday. Full story

Astronomers find blue planet outside solar system

Astronomers have for the first time managed to determine the color of a planet outside our solar system, a blue gas giant 63 light-years away. Full story

How Did the Universe Get Its Stars? An Astronomical Puzzle

Astronomers have come a long way in understanding how stars form today, but the question of how the universe's first stars formed is an enduring mystery. While the topic remains complex and confusing, researchers say they hope to make strides in the near future with new and improved computer models Full story

Canadian Astronomers Battle Funding Cuts and Perceptions

MONTREAL, Quebec — Flashing a picture of the star HR 8799 and its four alien planets on a big screen, astronomer Andrew Cumming smiled. "This is the most amazing picture in exoplanet science!" he exclaimed. Full story

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'Cat's Paw Nebula' Bursting with New Star Growth

Planets Found by Kepler Spacecraft Likely Larger Than Thought

Size of Smallest Possible Star Pinned Down

Dwarf Star Blasts out Stunningly Powerful Flares

Astronomy Conference Open to Public for First Time

Huge Asteroid Cruises Past Earth

Rare View of Ancient Galaxy Crash Revealed

Hubble Telescope Looks to the Future After 23 Years in Space

Universe Older Than Thought, Best Space-Time Map Yet Reveals


  Bright meteor lights up sky at Argentina concert

Astronomers estimate the meteor was about 1.5 feet wide and travelling at 81 mph. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

  Astronomer: 'Doomsday' just a calendar mix-up

Andrew Fraknoi explains why the Mayan calendar may have given a false impression that the world will end later this month on December 21st.

  Astronomers say diamond planet discovered

A group of astronomers have announced the apparent discovery of a planet that is twice the size of Earth and primarily made of diamonds. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

  Scientists uncover ‘God particle’

Physicists at Cern, a nuclear research facility in Switzerland, are expected to announce that they have finally found the Higgs Boson, a sub-atomic particle. Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute, discusses.

  Huge asteroid to fly by Earth

A giant asteroid named 2012 LZ1 will shoot by our planet, but astronomers say there's no chance of impact. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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Cosmic distance ladder
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This image released August 2, 2012 shows
This image released August 2, 2012 shows

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