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Stars are celestial bodies made up of hot gases. Stars radiate energy that comes form thermonuclear reactions. In this section you will learn all about stars and their importance in the universe.

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How are astronomers able to measure how far away a star is?

It turns out that measuring the distance to a star is an interesting problem! Astronomers have come up with two different techniques to estimate how far away any given star is.


This Is How We'll Detect Life on Distant Exoplanets

Astronomers have detected lots of exoplanets; the trick now is figuring out what's on them. Learn how scientists plan to do that at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Milky Way, How Do You Zip Through the Universe Like That?

Scientists have a new explanation for how the Milky Way moves through the universe. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Mark Your Calendars for These 2017 Space Events, Astronomy Fans

What astronomical events are happening in 2017? Learn more about 2017 astronomy events in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Jupiter-sized Planet Discovered Orbiting Two Stars

A new gas giant planet has been discovered orbiting a binary star system. Learn more about exoplanets and stars in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Spotted: Early Planetary Formation Around a Binary Star System

Researchers have identified planetary formation around a binary star system. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Here's What Scientists Just Determined About the Moon's Influence on Rainfall

We've long known the moon pulls on our oceans, creating tides. Now we know what it does to our atmosphere. Read this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Astronomers Investigating Planetary Birth Make Discoveries Around Baby Stars

Secrets to planetary origin have been found in the dust and gas rings that give birth to stars. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Dark matter may be why dead galaxies don’t strew their stars across space. Learn more about dead galaxies and dark matter at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

10 Superstitions About Stars

Many starry superstitions date back thousands of years. View 10 superstitions about stars to learn about star beliefs and legends. See more »

Could the power of a neutron star be harnessed?

Relying on a collapsed star to power our lives on Earth might seem like a good solution to our energy crisis, but the process might be lethal. See more »