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New theory on the formation of the Moon

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MAGIC observes a gravitational lens at very high energies

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The Montsec Astronomical Observatory discovers its first exoplanet

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Waiting for the Solar Storm, 17/01/2017



January 2017

mŕxim ALMA Starts Observing the Sun, 17/01/2017
New images taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed otherwise invisible details of our Sun, including a new view of the dark, contorted centre of a sunspot that is nearly twice the diameter of the Earth. The results are an important expansion of the range of observations that can be used to probe the physics of our nearest star.

mŕxim Hubble Detects 'Exocomets' Taking the Plunge into a Young Star,1 2/01/2017
Interstellar forecast for a nearby star: Raining comets! NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered comets plunging into the star HD 172555, which is a youthful 23 million years old and resides 95 light-years from Earth. The exocomets — comets outside our solar system — were not directly seen around the star, but their presence was inferred by detecting gas that is likely the vaporized remnants of their icy nuclei.

mŕxim VLT to Search for Planets in Alpha Centauri System, 09/01/2017
ESO has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives to adapt the Very Large Telescope instrumentation in Chile to conduct a search for planets in the nearby star system Alpha Centauri. Such planets could be the targets for an eventual launch of miniature space probes by the Breakthrough Starshot initiative.

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