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Mars's dramatic climate variations are driven by the Sun

06 September 2012

Researchers from NBI have related the layers in the ice cap on Mars’s north pole to variations in solar insolation on Mars, thus established the first dated climate history for Mars

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The mystery of dark matter may be near to being deciphered

04 September 2012

With the latest observations from the Planck satellite, researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, may be closer than ever to a solution to the origin of the mysterious dark matter

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Sweet building blocks of life found around young star

29 August 2012

Building blocks of life found around young starLife is made up of a series of complex organic molecules, including sugars. Astronomers from NBI have now observed a simple sugar molecule in the gas surrounding a young star

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Successful landing on Mars

06 August 2012

"It has succeeded, it has landed”, it sounds from head of the Danish Mars research group, Morten Bo Madsen, who is reporting from NASA’s control centre in Pasadena, California

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Planets can form around different types of stars

13 June 2012

Planets can form around different types of stars New research from NBI, among others, shows that small planets can form around very different types of stars – also stars that are relatively poor in heavy elements. This significantly increases the

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Baby galaxies grew up quickly

16 May 2012

Baby galaxies from the young Universe more than 12 billion years ago evolved faster than previously thought, shows new research from the Niels Bohr Institute. This means that already in the early history of the Universe

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A wealth of habitable planets in the Milky Way

11 January 2012

A wealth of habitable planets in the Milky WayAstronomers from the Niels Bohr Institute have discovered that most of the Milky Way’s 100 billion stars have planets that are very similar to the Earth-like planets in our own solar system Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars...

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Discovery of the first planet the size of Earth

21 December 2011

Discovery of the first planet the size of Earth Astronomers from the NBI have participated in the first discovery of a planet the size of Earth. Using the Kepler satellite, astronomers have observed a solar system with five planets of which one is the size of the Earth

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Mysterious Christmas star explosion

01 December 2011

Mysterious Christmas star explosion Christmas Day 2010 the Swift satellite observed a very strange gamma-ray burst in the distant universe. Gamma-ray bursts are extremely powerful bursts of radiation predominantly associated with massive stars that die in a

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Ancient stars shed light on the prehistory of the Milky Way

15 November 2011

Ancient stars shed light on the prehistory of the Milky Way Some of the oldest stars in the Milky Way – a kind of stellar fossils contain abnormally large amounts of heavy elements like gold, platinum and uranium. Researchers at the NBI have with recent observations concluded how

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