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  • Giant stars are victims of cosmic vampires

    A smaller vampire star shown draining its companion in an artist's impression. Credit: ESO//L. Calçada/S.E. de Mink

    Most of the biggest stars in the galaxy have smaller companions that are leeching their lifeblood from...

     
  • Earth-like planets eaten by parent stars

    Exhibit A: Dust left swirling around a white dwarf. Credit: © Mark A. Garlick/space-art.co.uk/University of Warwick

    It is day two of Cosmic Crimewatch and yet another example of senseless violence has been discovered...

     
  • Telescope’s birthday gift is dust the job

    Red colours show M66 as it appears at submillimetre wavelengths, projected against a visible view of the galaxy. Credit: VLT/ESO, JAC, G. Bendo

    In what could almost be a 25th birthday present for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, an advanced cryogenic...

     
  • Dying stars create cosmic sandblasts

    An artist's impression of the sandstorm surrounding the star W Hya. Credit: Anna Mayall

    Astronomers have discovered that dying stars are producing violent cosmic sandstorms by blasting streams...

     
  • Streams of stars switch galaxies

    Streams of stars switch galaxies

    Hundreds of stars which were born in the Small Magellanic Cloud have been discovered hiding in neighbouring...

     
  • Three times as many stars in sky

    Three times as many stars in sky

    The chance of alien life in space got a fresh boost tonight with the announcement that astronomers have...

     
  • Kepler logs violent starquakes

    Kepler logs violent starquakes

    A powerful NASA space telescope has recorded massive “earthquakes” on thousands of distant...

     
  • Stars circling at record rate

    Stars circling at record rate

    UK astronomers have discovered a pair of stars twirling around each other at record-breaking speed. The...

     
  • Cosmic burp may end in star’s suicide

    Cosmic burp may end in star’s suicide

    A vampire star that burped violently after biting off more than it could chew looks set to produce the...