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Stellar Nursery Blooms into View

The OmegaCAM imager on ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope has captured this glittering view of the stellar nursery called Sharpless 29. Many astronomical phenomena can be seen in this giant image, including cosmic dust and gas clouds that reflect, absorb, and re-emit the light of hot young stars within the nebula. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

Stellar Nursery Blooms into View

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. Many astronomical phenomena can be seen in this giant image, including cosmic dust and gas clouds that reflect, absorb, and […]

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. […]

Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets

An artist’s rendition depicts a solar storm hitting Mars and stripping ions from the upper atmosphere. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets

Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets How long might a rocky, Mars-like planet be habitable if it were orbiting a red dwarf star? It’s a complex question but one that NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission can help answer. “The MAVEN […]

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 […]

Telescopes in southern Africa will peel back the universe’s secrets from 2018

An image by MeerKAT shows hydrogen gas in M83, a famous spiral galaxy. SKA SA

Telescopes in southern Africa will peel back the universe’s secrets from 2018

Telescopes in southern Africa will peel back the universe’s secrets from 2018 An image by MeerKAT shows hydrogen gas in M83, a famous spiral galaxy. SKA SA Imogen Whittam, University of the Western Cape One of the world’s largest collaborative science projects is about to […]

Rare glimpse of a black hole’s magnetic field could help us to understand how it feeds

Black hole Cygnus X. NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

Rare glimpse of a black hole’s magnetic field could help us to understand how it feeds

Rare glimpse of a black hole’s magnetic field could help us to understand how it feeds Black hole Cygnus X. NASA/CXC/M.Weiss Carole Mundell, University of Bath Encountering a black hole would be a frightening prospect for our planet. We know that these cosmic monsters ferociously […]

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, […]

Fifty years ago Jocelyn Bell discovered pulsars and changed our view of the universe

CSIRO Parkes radio telescope has discovered around half of all known pulsars. Wayne England, Author provided

Fifty years ago Jocelyn Bell discovered pulsars and changed our view of the universe

Fifty years ago Jocelyn Bell discovered pulsars and changed our view of the universe CSIRO Parkes radio telescope has discovered around half of all known pulsars. Wayne England, Author provided George Hobbs, CSIRO; Dick Manchester, CSIRO, and Simon Johnston, CSIRO A pulsar is a small, […]