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Writer Fuel: James Web Telescope Captures Confounding Image of Star Ripples

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The James Webb Space Telescope captured mysterious concentric rings around a distant star that astronomers are still working to explain. The image, taken in July, was released on Twitter (opens in new tab) by citizen scientist Judy Schmidt, prompting a torrent of comments and head-scratching. It shows a star (opens in new tab) known as … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: All About the Sun

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The sun is a yellow dwarf star in the center of the solar system, and it is the largest, brightest and most massive object in the system. The sun formed around 4.5 billion years ago. At that time, the area of the Milky Way galaxy that would become the solar system consisted of a dense … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: What Happens When A Planet Crashes Into A Dead Star?

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Astronomers have finally seen the remnants of a dead planet as it tumbled onto the surface of a dead star – and in doing so, they confirmed decades of speculation about what happens to solar systems that reach the end of their lives. These explosive observations — which were taken with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory … Read more