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*Searching for nearby giant planets
Astronomers believe there could be a large population of -- as yet undetected -- giant planets and brown dwarfs with in our stellar neighbourhood. The findings are based on a study of an association of stars called TW Hya located about 100 light years away – relatively close in astronomical terms.
*Supernova 1987A thirty years on
Three decades ago, astronomers spotted one of the brightest exploding stars in more than 400 years. The massive stellar blast called Supernova 1987A blazed with the power of 100 million Suns for several months following its discovery on February 23rd 1987.
*Rocket Science in the Arctic to better understand the aurora borealis
NASA has launched five rockets in the high arctic to provide a better understanding of auroral activity. The program from January through till March involved three separate experiments launching from the Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks Alaska.
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