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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)
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)
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)
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)
Colder and colder
An original method of cooling ions could have new and interesting uses. (2017-09-18)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Swarm-based simulation strategy proves significantly shorter
How long do computer simulations need to run to be accurate? (2017-12-04)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
Gravitational waves from merging supermassive black holes will be spotted within 10 years
New research published November 13 in Nature Astronomy predicts that gravitational waves generated by the merger of two supermassive black holes -- the strongest gravitational waves in the universe -- will be detected within 10 years. (2017-11-13)
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)
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)
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)
Seeing the light of neutron star collisions
When two neutron stars collided on Aug. 17, a widespread search for electromagnetic radiation from the event led to observations of light from the afterglow of the explosion, finally connecting a gravitational-wave-producing event with conventional astronomy using light, according to an international team of astronomers. (2017-10-16)
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)
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)
Breaking up: a convoluted drama at nuclear scale, too
Regardless of the scenario, breaking up is dramatic. Take the case of carbon splitting into three nuclei of helium. (2016-10-18)
Astronomers strike cosmic gold, confirm origin of precious metals in neutron star mergers
What many thought would be a long way off, the detection of gravitational waves from the merger of binary neutron stars, actually happened on Aug. (2017-10-16)
Newest dark matter map hints at where astrophysics must go for breakthroughs
Three astrophysicists -- Scott Dodelson, Risa Wechsler and George Efstathiou -- recently participated in a roundtable discussion, hosted by The Kavli Foundation, about new data from the Dark Energy Survey and its implications for understanding the universe's history. (2017-10-31)
NASA's Fermi satellite detects first gamma-ray pulsar in another galaxy
Researchers using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have discovered the first gamma-ray pulsar in a galaxy other than our own. (2015-11-12)
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)
Results of first search for visible light associated with gravitational waves
The LIGO Virgo Collaboration has announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves, emitted by a merging pair of black holes. (2016-02-16)
NASA continues to study pulsars, 50 years after their chance discovery
These rotating 'lighthouse' neutron stars begin their lives as stars between about seven and 20 times the mass of our sun. (2017-08-01)
Astronomers witness a star being born
Astronomers have glimpsed what could be the youngest known star at the very moment it is being born. (2010-06-17)
Oldest stars found near Milky Way center
Astronomers have discovered the oldest known stars, dating from before the Milky Way Galaxy formed, when the Universe was just 300 million years old. (2015-11-11)
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