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The team found that in the new models, the sun is almost exactly the lowest mass star that still produces a visible, though faint, planetary nebula.  (Image: via   pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

What Will Happen When the Sun Dies?

Scientists agree the sun will die in approximately 5 billion years, but they weren’t sure what would happen next… until now. A team of international astronomers, including Professor Albert Zijlstra, from the School of Physics & Astronomy, predict it will turn into a massive…

New observations of the star using the SPHERE instrument on the VLT have clearly revealed how the brilliant light of VY Canis Majoris lights up the clouds of material surrounding it, and have allowed the properties of the component dust grains to be determined better than ever before. (Image:  ESO)

Hyper-Giant Star Reveals More of Its Secrets

The most detailed images have now been taken of the hyper-giant star, VY Canis Majoris, using the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Very Large Telescope. While the giant star prepares for its life-ending supernovae, astronomers have discovered new insights on the…

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Why Won’t the Parker Solar Probe Melt?

This summer, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will launch to travel closer to the Sun, deeper into the solar atmosphere, than any mission before it. If Earth was at one end…

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What Will Happen When the Sun Dies?

Scientists agree the sun will die in approximately 5 billion years, but they weren’t sure what would happen next… until now. A team of international astronomers, including Professor Albert Zijlstra, from the School…

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Could Our Sun Have a Long-Lost Twin?

It has been the center of our galaxy for assumingly millions or even billions of years. It has the volume of 1 million earths and accounts for more than 99 percent of…

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A Massive Sunspot Fires Off a Powerful Flare

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) witnessed the sun emit a mid-level solar flare that peaked at 8:29 pm EDT on April 17, 2016. It temporarily disrupted radio communications here on…

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Hyper-Giant Star Reveals More of Its Secrets

The most detailed images have now been taken of the hyper-giant star, VY Canis Majoris, using the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Very Large Telescope. While the giant star prepares for…