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Newly discovered Goliath galaxies from early universe hint at massive dark matter trove
A newfound pair of galaxies from the early universe is so massive that it nearly breaks the current understanding of how the cosmos evolved. (2017-12-06)
VLBA observations key to 'complete description' of black hole
A precise distance measurement by the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) allowed astronomers to accurately calculate the mass and spin of a famous black hole, thus providing a complete description of the object. (2011-11-17)
UTA astrophysicists predict Earth-like planet in star system only 16 light years away
Astrophysicists at the University of Texas at Arlington have predicted that an Earth-like planet may be lurking in a star system just 16 light years away. (2017-08-17)
Unresolved puzzles in exotic nuclei
In a new review published in EPJ A, Terry Fortune from the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, USA, discusses the structure of unstable and unbound forms of Helium, Lithium, and Beryllium nuclei that have unusually large neutron to proton ratios -- dubbed 'exotic' light nuclei. (2018-03-27)
NRL brightens perspective of mysterious mini-halos
The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), working in conjunction with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), employs the upgraded Karl G. (2017-08-03)
First look at Jupiter's poles show strange geometric arrays of storms
With NASA's Juno spacecraft, scientists have gotten a good look at the top and bottom of the planet for the first time. (2018-03-07)
Big stars are more abundant than thought
Observations of a nearby star-forming region reveal that large stars are more prevalent than models have predicted. (2018-01-04)
Explosive stars with good table manners
In two comprehensive studies of SN 2011fe -- the closest Type Ia supernova in the past two decades -- there is new evidence that indicates that the white dwarf progenitor was a particularly picky eater, leading scientists to conclude that the companion star was not likely to be a sun-like star or an evolved giant. (2012-03-20)
Powerful flare from star Proxima Centauri detected with ALMA
Using data from ALMA, a team of astronomers discovered that a powerful stellar flare erupted from Proxima Centauri last March. (2018-02-26)
Colder and colder
An original method of cooling ions could have new and interesting uses. (2017-09-18)
Swarm-based simulation strategy proves significantly shorter
How long do computer simulations need to run to be accurate? (2017-12-04)
Artificial intelligence analyzes gravitational lenses 10 million times faster
Researchers from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have for the first time shown that neural networks -- a form of artificial intelligence -- can accurately analyze the complex distortions in spacetime known as gravitational lenses 10 million times faster than traditional methods. (2017-08-30)
OU astrophysicists discover planets in extragalactic galaxies using microlensing
A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team has discovered for the first time a population of planets beyond the Milky Way galaxy. (2018-02-02)
Astronomers spun up by galaxy-shape finding
For the first time astronomers have measured how a galaxy's spin affects its shape -- something scientists have tried to do for 90 years -- using a sample of 845 galaxies. (2017-09-11)
How do you make a galaxy without dark matter
A team of astronomers has discovered a unique galaxy -- the first of its kind -- that appears to contain virtually no dark matter. (2018-03-28)
Supermassive black holes control star formation in large galaxies
Young galaxies blaze with bright new stars forming at a rapid rate, but star formation eventually shuts down as a galaxy evolves. (2018-01-01)
Supernova may have 'burped' before exploding
Only by increasing the rate at which telescopes monitor the sky has it been possible to catch more Fast-Evolving Luminous Transients (FELTs) and begin to understand them. (2018-03-28)
A scientific first: A supernova explosion is observed in real time
As members of a team analyzing data from the first real-time observation of a supernova explosion, Weizmann Institute scientists are finding confirmation for their model of the process and helping to solve unanswered questions. (2008-05-21)
New universe simulation prompts breakthrough discoveries in astrophysics
Novel computational methods have helped create the most information-packed, universe-scale simulation ever produced. (2018-01-31)
New study suggests tens of thousands of black holes exist in Milky Way's center
A Columbia University-led team of astrophysicists has discovered a dozen black holes gathered around Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. (2018-04-04)
Scientists use mismatch in telescopic data to get a handle on quasars and their 'tails'
Scientists compared the data on the coordinates of quasars obtained by Gaia and VLBI and suggested a method for revealing structure indirectly by means of combining the data from existing telescopes. (2017-09-12)
UChicago astrophysicists settle cosmic debate on magnetism of planets and stars
Using one of the world's most powerful laser facilities, a team led by University of Chicago scientists experimentally confirmed a long-held theory for cosmic magnetic field generation: the turbulent dynamo. (2018-02-09)
The Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights, over the South Pole Telescope.
Observations of two galaxies made with the National Science Foundation-funded Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) radio telescope suggest that large galaxies formed faster than scientists had previously thought. (2017-12-07)
Scientists developed a new sensor for future missions to the Moon and Mars
A team of scientists from the Faculty of Physics of Lomonosov Moscow State University and their colleagues developed a compact spectral polarimeter for carrying outmineralogical investigations on the surface of astronomical bodies. (2017-11-29)
With launch of new night sky survey, UW researchers ready for era of 'big data' astronomy
On Nov. 14, scientists with the California Institute of Technology, the University of Washington and eight additional partner institutions, announced that the Zwicky Transient Facility, the latest sensitive tool for astrophysical observations in the Northern Hemisphere, has seen 'first light' and took its first detailed image of the night sky. (2017-11-14)
Using powerful new telescope astronomers observe one of the oldest objects in the universe
Astronomers using the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT), which is operated jointly by UMass Amherst and Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, report today in Nature Astronomy that they have detected the second most distant dusty, star-forming galaxy ever found in the universe -- born in the first one billion years after the Big Bang. (2017-11-06)
Newly-discovered planet is hot, metallic and dense as Mercury
A hot, metallic, Earth-sized planet with a density similar to Mercury -- situated 260 million light years away -- has been detected and characterized by a global team of astronomers, including the University of Warwick. (2018-03-27)
Shocking results of galaxy-cluster collisions
Combining new images from the Very Large Array with X-Ray and visible-light images reveals the spectacular, energetic outcome when clusters of hundreds of galaxies each collide with each other. (2017-11-07)
Record-breaking galaxy 5 billion light-years away shows we live in a magnetic universe
A team of astronomers has observed the magnetic field of a galaxy five billion light-years from Earth. (2017-08-28)
Georgia State astronomers collaborate to study variability in Seven Sisters cluster
An international team of astronomers has used a new algorithm to enhance observations from the NASA Kepler Space Telescope in its K2 Mission and perform the most detailed study yet of the variability of the Seven Sisters star cluster. (2017-08-28)
Neutron-star merger creates new mysteries
Observations of the collision of two neutron stars are more consistent with a 'cocoon' of radio-emitting material than a jet of particles at ultrarelativistic speeds. (2017-12-20)
The return of the comet-like exoplanet
Astronomers from UNIGE), also members of the PlanetS, focused the Hubble Space Telescope on an exoplanet that had already been seen losing its atmosphere, which forms an enormous cloud of hydrogen, giving the planet the appearance of a giant comet. (2017-09-14)
Kepler satellite discovers variability in the Seven Sisters
Dr. Tim White of the Stellar Astrophysics Centre at Aarhus University and his team of Danish and international astronomers have demonstrated a powerful new technique for observing stars such as the Pleiades star cluster, which are ordinarily far too bright to look at with high performance telescopes. (2017-08-25)
Supermassive black hole model predicts characteristic light signals at cusp of collision
A new simulation of supermassive black holes--the behemoths at the centers of galaxies--uses a realistic scenario to predict the light signals emitted in the surrounding gas before the masses collide, said Rochester Institute of Technology researchers. (2018-02-14)
Proving what can't be seen
New research published in The Astrophysical Journal examines an interesting light source that was captured by four different telescopes each pointing in a different direction in the sky. (2018-04-16)
Dozens of binaries from Milky Way's globular clusters could be detectable by LISA
A next-generation observatory, called LISA, is expected to be in space in 2034, and it will be sensitive to gravitational waves of a lower frequency than those detected by the Earth-bound Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). (2018-05-11)
Laser-ranged satellite measurement now accurately reflects Earth's tidal perturbations
Tides on Earth have a far-reaching influence, including disturbing satellites' measurements by affecting their motion. (2018-02-20)
UCLA physicists propose new theories of black holes from the very early universe
'Primordial black holes,' believed to have formed shortly after the Big Bang, might explain how heavy elements such as gold, platinum and uranium came to be, UCLA physicists report. (2017-09-01)
New gravitational wave hits Earth -- For the first time, 3 detectors zoom in on location
For the first time, three detectors have tracked the gravitational waves emitted by a merger of two black holes -- a critical new capability that allows scientists to more closely locate a gravitational wave's birthplace in space. (2017-09-27)
Astronomers explain why a star is so hot right now
Astronomers have solved a mystery over small, unusually hot blue stars, 10 times hotter than our Sun, that are found in the middle of dense star clusters. (2015-06-23)
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