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Booze in space: how the universe is absolutely drowning in the hard stuff

Mine’s a Star-opramen. Studioloks

Booze in space: how the universe is absolutely drowning in the hard stuff

Booze in space: how the universe is absolutely drowning in the hard stuff Mine’s a Star-opramen. Studioloks Alexander MacKinnon, University of Glasgow A cold beer on a hot day or a whisky nightcap beside a coal fire. A well earned glass can loosen your thinking […]

Curious Kids: what started the Big Bang?

In the beginning, the Universe expanded very, very fast. Flickr/Jamie, CC BY-SA

Curious Kids: what started the Big Bang?

Curious Kids: what started the Big Bang? In the beginning, the Universe expanded very, very fast. Flickr/Jamie, CC BY-SA Steven Tingay, Curtin University This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like […]

Hubble’s Hidden Galaxy

IC 342 is a challenging cosmic target. Although it is bright, the galaxy sits near the equator of the Milky Way’s galactic disc, where the sky is thick with glowing cosmic gas, bright stars, and dark, obscuring dust. In order for astronomers to see the intricate spiral structure of IC 342, they must gaze through a large amount of material contained within our own galaxy — no mean feat! As a result IC 342 is relatively difficult to spot and image, giving rise to its intriguing nickname: the “Hidden Galaxy”. Located very close (in astronomical terms!) to the Milky Way, this sweeping spiral galaxy would be among the brightest in the sky were it not for its dust-obscured location. The galaxy is very active, as indicated by the range of colours visible in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, depicting the very central region of the galaxy. A beautiful mixture of hot, blue star-forming regions, redder, cooler regions of gas, and dark lanes of opaque dust can be seen, all swirling together around a bright core. In 2003, astronomers confirmed this core to be a specific type of central region known as an HII nucleus — a name that indicates the presence of ionised hydrogen — that is likely to be creating many hot new stars.  Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Hubble’s Hidden Galaxy

Hubble’s Hidden Galaxy IC 342 is a challenging cosmic target. Although it is bright, the galaxy sits near the equator of the Milky Way’s galactic disk, where the sky is thick with glowing cosmic gas, bright stars, and dark, obscuring dust. In order for astronomers […]

Fastest stars in the Milky Way are ‘runaways’ from another galaxy

Artist’s impression of a runaway star Credit: Amanda Smith, Institute of Astronomy

Fastest stars in the Milky Way are ‘runaways’ from another galaxy

Fastest stars in the Milky Way are ‘runaways’ from another galaxy A group of astronomers have shown that the fastest-moving stars in our galaxy – which are travelling so fast that they can escape the Milky Way – are in fact runaways from a much […]

Groundbreaking discovery confirms existence of orbiting supermassive black holes

Credit: Josh Valenzuela/UNM Artist's conception shows two supermassive black holes, similar to those observed by UNM researchers, orbiting one another more than 750 million light years from Earth.

Groundbreaking discovery confirms existence of orbiting supermassive black holes

Groundbreaking discovery confirms existence of orbiting supermassive black holes For the first time ever, astronomers at The University of New Mexico say they’ve been able to observe and measure the orbital motion between two supermassive black holes hundreds of millions of light years from Earth […]

Hubble Catches a Galaxy Duo by the “Hare”

Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Hubble Catches a Galaxy Duo by the “Hare”

Hubble Catches a Galaxy Duo by the “Hare” This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the unusual galaxy IRAS 06076-2139, found in the constellation Lepus (The Hare). Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) instruments observed the galaxy […]

Astronomers find black hole in Sagittarius constellation

Sagittarius region of milky way. Credit: Wikipedia

Astronomers find black hole in Sagittarius constellation

Astronomers find black hole in Sagittarius constellation Astronomers find black hole in Sagittarius constellationAn international team of astronomers led The University of Manchester have found evidence of a new ‘missing-link’ black hole in the Milky Way galaxy, hidden in the Sagittarius constellation. The black hole […]

Astronomers piece together first image of black hole

Theoretical astronomy tells us that when a black hole absorbs matter, a brief flash of light is visible as depicted in this artist's rendering

Astronomers piece together first image of black hole

Astronomers piece together first image of black hole April 12, 2017 by Laurence Coustal After training a network of telescopes stretching from Hawaii to Antarctica to Spain at the heart of our galaxy for five nights running, astronomers said Wednesday they may have snapped the […]