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Tau Ceti may be home to Earth-like world

Our nearest single-star neighbour could be a promising place to look for a habitable planet like Earth. The Tau Ceti system is only 12 light years awa…

NASA locates most distant galaxy ever found

The Hubble Space Telescope has photographed a galaxy that is 13.3 billion light years away. The discovery ( designated MACSO647-JD ) is believed to be…

Nearby star may have nine extrasolar planets

At 127 light years distant the HD 10180 system shares many similarities with our own Solar System. Discovered to have at least five planets back in 20…

Planet discovered orbiting two stars

Astronomers have identified a Saturn-sized planet 200 light years away orbiting around two stars. It has been likened to the planet Tatooine in the St…

Planet made of diamond discovered

A planet formed from a dead star in orbit around a pulsar is believed to have crystallized in to diamond. In a solar system 4,000 light years away tha…

Giant extra-galactic planet discovered

For the first time scientists have observed a planet that originated outside our own galaxy. Situated 2,000 light years from Earth this new planet was…

Star system ‘resembles game of snooker’

Astronomers have discovered a star system that appears remarkably like a game of snooker. The star system called NN Serpentis is 1670 light years away…

Newly discovered planet "just right" for life

An Earth-like planet only 20 light years away has been tipped as having the perfect conditions for life. Known as Gliese 581g, the planet is the right…

"Waterworld" discovered 40 light years away

The most likely extrasolar planet to support life yet found has been discovered 40 light years away. The planet is thought to be mostly composed o…