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star simulation

Incredible video shows how stars are born

May 18th, 2021

You probably don’t think about stars all that often. Sure, the world revolves around one of them but other than the Sun we don’t really have a nice close-up view of any others. As far as stars go, the Sun is pretty great, and it’s the reason life on this planet is able to exist …

Disney Plus Price

Disney+ is about to get more expensive, but here’s how you can pay less

February 18th, 2021

Disney+ will get a massive content boost in certain markets via the new Star service that will feature TV shows and movies from various Disney-owned brands. Announced in mid-December, Star comes as an upgrade to international Disney+ users except for Latin America. The Star brand would also bring a price hike to Disney+ in all …

betelgeuse distance

Betelgeuse is 25 percent closer than scientists thought

October 16th, 2020

Scientists studying the star Betelgeuse have determined that it’s actually roughly 25% closer than previous estimates. The star is also slightly smaller than scientists assumed, though it still appears as though it’s reaching the end of its life. The star poses no threat to Earth when it eventually blows up. Objects in space may be …

black hole star

Scientists spot a star turning into spaghetti near a black hole

October 14th, 2020

A distant black hole is sucking up a star that got a little too close for comfort. The event was detected by a pair of telescopes at the European Southern Observatory, and hints at a process called “spaghettification.” The star and black hole are hundreds of millions of light-years from Earth, so the event poses …

space news

Scientists spot star flung across our galaxy at insane speeds

July 15th, 2020

Researchers using the Hubble Space Telescope identified a star moving at truly incredible speeds. The white dwarf is thought to have partially exploded, sending the remaining material of the star flying at incredibly high speeds. The star’s speed is estimated at just shy of 560,000 miles per hour. Our Sun is a star with a …

disappearing star

Nobody knows what happened to this huge star in a nearby galaxy

June 30th, 2020

A huge star observed by astronomers appears to have vanished right before their eyes. The star, located in a nearby dwarf galaxy, is nowhere to be found just 8 years after it was last spotted. The star may have become a black hole without producing a supernova first, which would only be the second time …

betelgeuse update

Supernova dreams crushed as Betelgeuse starts brightening again

February 26th, 2020

For a couple of months now, the nearby star known as Betelgeuse has been acting rather strange. At first, the star appeared to be getting very dim, hinting at the possibility that the Red Giant may soon collapse and explode into a supernova. Not everyone believed the star was nearing its final act, but its …

star gas blob

Hubble spots a big, weird blob of star gas

August 18th, 2019

When you gaze at the sky on a clear night, you can easily spot countless stars shining bright. Most of them look pretty much identical, aside from varying brightness, but when NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope zooms in on a distant object, it can see it for what it truly is. In the case of NGC …

star atmosphere

Young stars love to destroy planet atmospheres, new study suggests

April 24th, 2019

New exoplanet discoveries have been piling up fast in recent years, and whenever astronomers confirm the existence of another planet there’s always an immediate interest in whether or not that planet could support life. For many newly-discovered worlds the answer is a firm “no.” They’re either too hot, too cold, or they’re just big balls …

dying star photo

This is what a star looks like when it dies

January 23rd, 2019

Our Sun is one of the reasons we’re all here today and we simply couldn’t exist without it, but it won’t be around forever. At some point far in the future our Sun will die, and when it does it’ll probably look a lot like this image captured by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large …