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VIOLENT ORIGINS  X-rays burst from supernova SN 2010jl (bright purple circle, top), seen in a composite image from the Chandra and Hubble space telescopes of its host galaxy. Within weeks of the explosion, a shell of interstellar dust formed around the dead star.

THREE’S A CROWD  A frozen, rocky planet orbits one of a pair of faint red stars (center and right), roughly 3,300 light-years away, as seen in an artist’s illustration. 

Stars in the young cluster NGC 2264 have been forming for much longer than astronomers had thought.

  • Astronomy

    
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    Young stars vibrate faster as they age

    Stellar pulsations provide a new way to gauge ages of infant stars.

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  • Cosmology

    
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    Paper reporting primordial gravitational waves published

    The paper reporting the detection of primordial gravitational waves from a split-second after the Big Bang has finally been published.

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  • Planetary Science

    
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    Titan's origins linked to Oort cloud

    The building blocks of Titan may have formed in the early solar system, not from a warm disk around Saturn when the planet was young.

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    Mystery patch found floating on Titan’s seas

    Changes on the surface of a methane lake on one of Saturn’s moons may signal the onset of summer there.

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  • Particle Physics

    
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    It’s almost time to get to know the Higgs boson better

    The next run of particle collisions at the Large Hadron collider will examine details about how the Higgs boson interacts with other particles to search for clues to new physics.

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  • Exoplanets

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