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North, east, south, west: The many faces of Abell 1758
Resembling a swarm of flickering fireflies, this beautiful galaxy cluster glows intensely in the dark cosmos, accompanied by the myriad bright lights of foreground stars and swirling spiral galaxies. (2018-01-18)
Viruses are everywhere, maybe even in space
Viruses are the most abundant and one of the least understood biological entities on Earth. (2018-01-18)
Hubble weighs in on mass of 3 million billion suns
In 2014, astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope found that this enormous galaxy cluster contains the mass of a staggering three million billion suns. (2018-01-16)
Organic molecule benzonitrile detected in space
Scientists studying a cold molecular cloud of the Taurus region with radio telescopes have detected the presence of a particular organic molecule called benzonitrile. (2018-01-11)
GBT detection unlocks exploration of 'aromatic' interstellar chemistry
Astronomers using the Green Bank Telescope have made the first definitive interstellar detection of benzonitrile, an intriguing organic molecule that helps to chemically link simple carbon-based molecules and truly massive ones known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. (2018-01-11)
Hubble finds substellar objects in the Orion Nebula
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered the largest known population of brown dwarfs sprinkled among newborn stars in the Orion Nebula. (2018-01-11)
Black hole breakthrough: New insight into mysterious jets
Advanced simulations created with one of the world's most powerful supercomputers show the jets' streams gradually change direction in the sky, or precess, as a result of space-time being dragged into the rotation of the black hole. (2018-01-10)
SETI project homes in on strange 'fast radio bursts'
Brief and powerful fast radio bursts could be signals from advanced civilizations, which is why Breakthrough Listen at UC Berkeley is monitoring many of the 30-some known FRBs, including FRB 121102, the only repeater. (2018-01-10)
Fast radio burst source linked to 'extreme' environment
A new study shows that the only known repeating fast radio burst source is in an 'extreme' environment which is among the most highly magnetized regions of space ever observed. (2018-01-10)
NASA's newly renamed Swift Mission spies a comet slowdown
NASA's Swift spacecraft, now renamed the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory after the mission's late principal investigator, has detected the most dramatic change in a comet's rotation ever seen. (2018-01-10)
ASU astronomers to build space telescope to explore nearby stars
A new ASU-led mission will launch a small satellite telescope into space to study the environment in other solar systems around the Galaxy's most common type of star. (2018-01-10)
Planets around other stars are like peas in a pod
A study of 909 planets and 355 stars carried out at the W.M. (2018-01-09)
Space fever: Weightlessness increases astronauts' body temperature
Astronauts float weightlessly through space, and the condition of weightlessness is something many would love to experience. (2018-01-05)
NASA's Webb Telescope to investigate mysterious brown dwarfs
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are. (2018-01-04)
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)
New study finds 'winking' star may be devouring wrecked planets
A team of US astronomers studying the star RZ Piscium has found evidence suggesting its strange, unpredictable dimming may be caused by vast orbiting clouds of gas and dust, the remains of one or more destroyed planets. (2017-12-21)
IU astronomer helps discover that a star in the constellation Pisces is 'eating' planets
An Indiana University astronomer and colleagues have discovered that a distant star called RZ Picseum in the constellation Pisces is crushing one or more planets into its orbit into a vast cloud of gas and dust. (2017-12-21)
'Winking' star 550 light-years away may be devouring wrecked planets
A team of US astronomers studying the star RZ Piscium -- located about 550 light-years away in the constellation Pisces -- has found evidence suggesting its strange, unpredictable dimming episodes may be caused by vast orbiting clouds of gas and dust -- the remains of one or more destroyed planets. (2017-12-21)
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)
Star mergers: A new test of gravity, dark energy theories
Observations and measurements of a neutron star merger have largely ruled out some theories relating to gravity and dark energy, and challenged a large class of theories. (2017-12-18)
Scientific achievements during the operation of Lomonosov satellite
The Lomonosov Project is a large-scale scientific and educational space project of Lomonosov Moscow State University aimed at studying space phenomena. (2017-12-15)
Six-decade-old space mystery solved with shoebox-sized satellite called a CubeSat
A 60-year-old mystery about the source of energetic, potentially damaging particles in Earth's radiation belts has been solved using data from a shoebox-sized satellite built and operated by students. (2017-12-14)
Stellar nursery blooms into view
The OmegaCAM camera on ESO's VLT Survey Telescope has captured this glittering view of the stellar nursery called Sharpless 29. (2017-12-13)
Major space mystery solved using data from student satellite
A 60-year-old mystery regarding the source of some energetic and potentially damaging particles in Earth's radiation belts is now solved using data from a shoebox-sized satellite built and operated by University of Colorado Boulder students. (2017-12-13)
Doing without dark energy
Three mathematicians have a different explanation for the accelerating expansion of the universe that does without theories of 'dark energy.' Einstein's original equations for General Relativity actually predict cosmic acceleration due to an 'instability,' they argue in paper published recently in Proceedings of the Royal Society A. (2017-12-13)
Telescopes team up to study giant galaxy
Astronomers have used two Australian radio telescopes and several optical telescopes to study complex mechanisms that are fuelling jets of material blasting away from a black hole 55 million times more massive than the Sun. (2017-12-12)
Hubble's celestial snow globe
It's beginning to look a lot like the holiday season in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of a blizzard of stars, which resembles a swirling snowstorm in a snow globe. (2017-12-12)
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)
Black holes' magnetism surprisingly wimpy
In a paper to be published this week in the journal Science, University of Florida scientists have discovered these tears in the fabric of the universe have significantly weaker magnetic fields than previously thought. (2017-12-07)
Space program should focus on Mars, says editor of New Space
The US space exploration program should continue to focus on robotic sample recovery and human missions to Mars, says Scott Hubbard, Editor-in-Chief of New Space. (2017-12-07)
Found: The most distant supermassive black hole ever observed
A team of astronomers led by Carnegie's Eduardo Bañados used Carnegie's Magellan telescopes to discover the most-distant supermassive black hole ever observed. (2017-12-06)
ALMA finds massive primordial galaxies swimming in vast ocean of dark matter
ALMA observations push back the epoch of massive-galaxy formation even further by identifying two giant galaxies seen when the universe was only 780 million years old, or about 5 percent its current age. (2017-12-06)
NASA's SuperTIGER balloon flies again to study heavy cosmic particles
A science team in Antarctica is preparing to fly SuperTIGER, a balloon-borne instrument designed to collect heavy high-energy particles from beyond the solar system that constantly bombard Earth's atmosphere. (2017-12-06)
NASA's CATS concludes successful mission on space station
A spaceborne lidar instrument that fired more laser pulses than any previous orbiting instrument has ended its operations on the International Space Station, after a successful 33-month mission to measure clouds and tiny atmospheric particles that play key roles in Earth's climate and weather. (2017-12-06)
WASP-18b has smothering stratosphere without water
A NASA-led team has found evidence that the oversized planet WASP-18b is wrapped in a smothering stratosphere loaded with carbon monoxide and devoid of water. (2017-12-05)
Two Super-Earths around red dwarf K2-18
New research using data collected by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) has revealed that a little-known exoplanet called K2-18b could well be a scaled-up version of Earth. (2017-12-05)
Pigeons can discriminate both space and time
Pigeons aren't so bird-brained after all. New research from the University of Iowa shows that pigeons can discriminate the abstract concepts of space and time, likely using a different region of the brain than humans and primates to do so. (2017-12-04)
Scallop eyes mirror reflecting telescopes, with sophisticated optical properties
Researchers have obtained a detailed view of a scallop's visual system -- a sophisticated arrangement of up to 200 eyes they say is strikingly similar to a reflecting telescope. (2017-11-30)
MUSE probes uncharted depths of Hubble Ultra Deep Field
Astronomers using the MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile have conducted the deepest spectroscopic survey ever. (2017-11-29)
Traces of life on nearest exoplanets may be hidden in equatorial trap
New simulations show that the search for life on other planets may well be more difficult than previously assumed, in research published today in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. (2017-11-29)
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