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Study of distant galaxies challenges our understanding of how stars form

ESO/UltraVISTA team. Acknowledgement: TERAPIX/CNRS/INSU/CASU, CC BY-SA

Study of distant galaxies challenges our understanding of how stars form

Study of distant galaxies challenges our understanding of how stars form ESO/UltraVISTA team. Acknowledgement: TERAPIX/CNRS/INSU/CASU, CC BY-SA Marie Martig, Liverpool John Moores University The most massive galaxies in our neighbourhood formed their stars billions of years ago, early in the history of the universe. At […]

You too can be an astrophysicist with your new telescope

Look up … some things to do with your new telescope. Flickr/Grand Canyon National Park, CC BY

You too can be an astrophysicist with your new telescope

You too can be an astrophysicist with your new telescope Look up … some things to do with your new telescope. Flickr/Grand Canyon National Park, CC BY Michael J. I. Brown, Monash University A telescope can reveal the beauty of the universe, such as the […]

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Investigate Mysterious Brown Dwarfs

Stellar cluster NGC 1333 is home to a large number of brown dwarfs. Astronomers will use Webb’s powerful infrared instruments to learn more about these dim cousins to the cluster’s bright newborn stars. Credits: NASA/CXC/JPL

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Investigate Mysterious Brown Dwarfs

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Investigate Mysterious Brown Dwarfs Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are. Astronomers are hopeful that the powerful infrared capability of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will resolve a puzzle as fundamental as stargazing itself — what IS that […]

NASA’s Next Major Telescope to See the Big Picture of the Universe

​image credit: NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, illustrated here, will fly in the mid-2020s and provide astronomers with the most complete view of the cosmos to date. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab

NASA’s Next Major Telescope to See the Big Picture of the Universe

NASA’s Next Major Telescope to See the Big Picture of the Universe NASA is beginning to design its next big astrophysics mission, a space telescope that will provide the largest picture of the universe ever seen with the same depth and clarity as the Hubble […]

Atomic age began 75 years ago with the first controlled nuclear chain reaction

For the first time, human beings harnessed the power of atomic fission. Keith Ruffles, CC BY

Atomic age began 75 years ago with the first controlled nuclear chain reaction

Atomic age began 75 years ago with the first controlled nuclear chain reaction For the first time, human beings harnessed the power of atomic fission. Keith Ruffles, CC BY Artemis Spyrou, Michigan State University and Wolfgang Mittig, Michigan State University Over Christmas vacation in 1938, […]

Piercing the mystery of the cosmic origins of gold

Twinkle, twinkle, little star… Prawny/Pixabay

Piercing the mystery of the cosmic origins of gold

Piercing the mystery of the cosmic origins of gold Twinkle, twinkle, little star… Prawny/Pixabay Jérôme Margueron, University of Washington Where does gold, the precious metal coveted by mortals through the ages, come from? How, where and when was it produced? Last August, a single astrophysical […]

Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star

With the discovery of an eighth planet, the Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets. Credits: NASA/Wendy Stenzel

Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star

Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth. […]

How crashing neutron stars killed off some of our best ideas about what ‘dark energy’ is

Artist s impression of merging neutron stars. Author University of Warwick/Mark Garlick, CC BY-SA

How crashing neutron stars killed off some of our best ideas about what ‘dark energy’ is

How crashing neutron stars killed off some of our best ideas about what ‘dark energy’ is Artist s impression of merging neutron stars. Author University of Warwick/Mark Garlick, CC BY-SA Thomas Kitching, UCL There was much excitement when scientists witnessed the violent collision of two […]

Found: Most Distant Black Hole

This artist's concept shows the most distant supermassive black hole ever discovered. It is part of a quasar from just 690 million years after the Big Bang. Credits: Robin Dienel/Carnegie Institution for Science

Found: Most Distant Black Hole

Found: Most Distant Black Hole Scientists have uncovered a rare relic from the early universe: the farthest known supermassive black hole. This matter-eating beast is 800 million times the mass of our Sun, which is astonishingly large for its young age. Researchers report the find […]

Study finds ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’ may not exist – here’s what to make of it

Image showing where scientists believe dark matter resides in the galaxy cluster Abell 520 – near the hot gas in the middle, coloured green. Chandra X-ray Observatory Center, CC BY-SA

Study finds ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’ may not exist – here’s what to make of it

Study finds ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’ may not exist – here’s what to make of it Image showing where scientists believe dark matter resides in the galaxy cluster Abell 520 – near the hot gas in the middle, coloured green. Chandra X-ray Observatory Center, […]