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A pulsar orbited by a white dwarf star, which are both orbited by another white dwarf, provide confirmation of the principle of universality of free fall.

Credit: ASTRONA crucial part of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity is based on a principle called the universality of free fall, which means that all falling objects accelerate identically, regardless of their mass or composition. But does the presence of extreme gravity change...


The image captures the formation of a planet around PDS 70, a dwarf star located 370 light-years from Earth.

Credit: ESO/A. Müller et alAn international team of astronomers has released the first image ever captured of a planet being born in deep space. The image, captured with advanced, surface-based telescopes, shows the new planet developing around the dwarf star PDS 70, which is l...


A Dwarf Mongoose Playing Dead Is Hilarious and Impressive at the Same Time

A capricious dwarf mongoose has gone viral for playing dead around an unsuspecting yellow-billed hornbill bird in a clip filmed in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa. In the Safari Live video, the mongoose approaches the hornbill only to turn around and faint, appearing to fake its death wh...


The red dwarf star came closer than 1 light-year to the sun 70,000 years ago.

Credit: José A. Peñas/SINCSome distant objects in our solar system bear the gravitational imprint of a small star's close flyby 70,000 years ago, when modern humans were already walking the Earth, a new study suggests. In 2015, a team of researchers announced that a re...


The planets orbit a red dwarf star called K2-155, located 200 light-years from Earth.

Credit: Tokyo Institute of TechnologyResearchers have discovered 15 new planets around cool stars known as red dwarfs, and one of those planets might be able to host liquid water on its surface. In a new study, the researchers combined space telescope data with follow-up ground inve...


Astronomers have found a dusty ring around Proxima Centari, which might mean Proxima b isn’t the only planet orbiting the red dwarf star that lies 4.2 light years from Earth.

Credit: ESO/M. KornmesserThe nearest alien planet to Earth may not be an only child. Astronomers have spotted a dusty ring around the nearby star Proxima Centauri, hinting at the existence of other planets in addition to the famous Proxima b, a new study reports. "This result s...

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