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Molecule vital for creating water exists in dying sun-like stars

Herschel image of the Helix Nebula

Using ESA’s Herschel space observatory, astronomers have discovered that a molecule vital for creating water exists in the burning embers of dying Sun-like stars. When low- to middleweight stars like our Sun approach the end of their lives, they eventually become dense, white dwarf stars. In doing so, they cast ...

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Companion’s Comets the Key to Curious Exoplanet System?

Companion's Comets the Key to Curious Exoplanet System

The nearby star Fomalhaut A hosts the most famous planetary system outside our own Solar System, containing both an exoplanet and a spectacular ring of comets. Today, an international team of astronomers announced a new discovery with the Herschel Space Observatory that has made this system even more intriguing; the ...

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