Astronomers discover our third closest neighbor

Astronomers have found the closest solar system to our own to be discovered in nearly a century - the third-closest ever found, in fact.

Pair of planets found orbiting twin suns

NASA's Kepler mission has for the first time discovered multiple planets orbiting a pair of stars, showing it's possible for more than one planet to be formed and survive in such a chaotic environment.

Mystery of monster stars explained

Since the 2010 discovery of four stars 300 times as massive as our sun, astronomers have been scratching their heads over how they could have come to exist.

Team spots 'impossible' binary stars

A team of astronomers has discovered four pairs of stars that they thought couldn't exist, with the stars in each pair orbiting one another in less than four hours.

Black hole emits massive X-ray burst

A population of old, volatile stellar black holes has been discovered, following an 'extraordinary outburst' from one located in a nearby galaxy.

Cool brown dwarf could have water-based clouds

We normally think of stars as hot - but scientists using ESO's Very large telescope say they've found a pair of cool brown dwarfs, one of which is no hotter than a sauna or a cup of tea.

Why WikiLeaks will never die

Human beings are hopelessly binary. Most perceive the world as a static equation populated by two, absolutist variables.