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Astronomers have spotted glowing droplets of condensed water in the distant Spiderweb Galaxy – but not where they expected to find them. Detections with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) show that the water is located far out in the... Continue reading
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In three days, July 4th, the spacecraft Juno will arrive at Jupiter, the culmination of a five-year, billion-dollar journey. It's mission: to peer deep inside the gas giant and unravel its origin and evolution. One of the biggest mysteries surrounding... Continue reading
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"Both the planet we live on and the star we orbit are made up of 'normal' matter," said Tanmay Vachaspati a theoretical physicist at Arizona State University working at the intersections of particle physics, astrophysics, general relativity, and cosmology. "Although... Continue reading
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Astronomers are using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study auroras -- stunning light shows in a planet's atmosphere -- on the poles of the largest planet in the Solar System, Jupiter. This observation program is supported by measurements made... Continue reading
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The central regions of many glittering galaxies, our own Milky Way included, harbor cores of impenetrable darkness -- black holes with masses equivalent to millions, or even billions, of suns. What's more, these supermassive black holes and their host galaxies... Continue reading
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“Red dwarfs – the dim bulbs of the cosmos – have received scant attention by SETI scientists in the past,” SETI Institute engineer Jon Richard said last week in a news release announcing the initiative. “That’s because researchers made the... Continue reading
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Sorry NASA, but it turns out that a 1917 image on an astronomical glass plate from the Carnegie Institute Observatories' collection shows the first-ever evidence of a planetary system beyond our own Sun. This unexpected find was recognized in the... Continue reading
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The Universe is becoming gradually cleaner as more and more cosmic dust is being mopped up by the formation of stars within galaxies, an international team of astronomers has revealed. Peering back 12 billion years using the Herschel space telescope... Continue reading
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"Robots really do dream. We can ask RobERt to dream up what he thinks a water spectrum will look like, and he's proved very accurate," says Ingo Waldmann of University College London. "This dreaming ability has been very useful when... Continue reading
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“Suppose there is a civilization like ours and suppose — unlike us, who are skittish about broadcasting our presence — they think it’s important to be a beacon, an interstellar or extragalactic lighthouse of sorts,” says University of California Santa... Continue reading
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By combining data from Chandra and several other telescopes, astronomers have identified the true nature of an unusual source in the Milky Way galaxy. This discovery implies that there could be a much larger number of black holes in the... Continue reading
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Astronomers have long known that organic molecules form in diffuse gas clouds floating between stars. It is thought that as the Solar System formed 4.6 billion years ago, some of these organic molecules were transported from interstellar space to the... Continue reading
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"The dips found by Kepler are real. Something seems to be transiting in front of this star and we still have no idea what it is!" confirms German astronomer Michael Hippke. Even if aliens are not involved, Tabby's star remains... Continue reading
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Scientists have been trying to puzzle out for decades why the universe seems to weigh more than it should, and so far the answer points to dark matter—an invisible substance that they still don’t clearly understand and is thought to... Continue reading
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A Southwest Research Institute-led team has discovered an elusive, dark moon orbiting Makemake, one of the "big four" dwarf planets populating the Kuiper Belt region at the edge of our solar system. The findings are detailed in the paper "Discovery... Continue reading
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The discovery of manganese oxides in Martian rocks might tell us that the Red Planet was once more Earth-like than previously believed. A new paper in Geophysical Research Letters reveals that NASA's Curiosity rover observed high levels of manganese oxides... Continue reading
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Over the past two weeks, several milestones occurred that were key to a successful 35-minute burn of its rocket motor, which will place the robotic explorer into a polar orbit around the gas giant. "We have over five years of... Continue reading
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Scientists led by Durham University's Institute for Computational Cosmology ran the huge cosmological simulations that can be used to predict the rate at which gravitational waves caused by collisions between the monster black holes might be detected. The amplitude and... Continue reading
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"This is the only exoplanet that we, realistically, would be able to reach using a space probe," says Alexander Mustill, astronomer at Lund University. "It is almost ironic that while astronomers often find exoplanets hundreds of light years away in... Continue reading
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"That's amazing to me," said Noah Hammond of Brown University. "The possibility that you could have vast liquid water ocean habitats so far from the sun on Pluto -- and that the same could also be possible on other Kuiper... Continue reading
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"Everyone right away tends to categorically exclude the possibility of life on Io," said astrobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch at Washington State University. "Conditions on Io might have made it a friendlier habitat in the distant past. If life did ever develop... Continue reading
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Going beyond the Standard Model of physics would "mean that there is yet another unbelievable idea out there. Something that is totally unthinkable," says CERN senior physicist Paris Sphicas. In 2016, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could unveil whole new... Continue reading
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The deep-sea array will soak up signals from neutrinos traveling through the cosmos to study the evolution of the universe and to discover more about the fundamental properties of these prized sub-atomic particles KM3NeT - a European collaboration pioneering the... Continue reading
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New calculations predict that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO) will detect approximately 1,000 mergers of massive black holes annually once it achieves full sensitivity early next decade. The prediction is based on computer simulations of more than a... Continue reading
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"Having a more sensitive telescope, we can receive weaker and more distant radio messages," Wu Xiangping, director-general of the Chinese Astronomical Society, said of the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) nestled in a bowl-shaped valley between hills in the... Continue reading