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Method to weigh galaxy clusters could help us understand mysterious ‘dark matter’ structures

Gravitational lensing (arcs and streaks in the picture) in the galaxy cluster Abell 370. NASA/ESA

Method to weigh galaxy clusters could help us understand mysterious ‘dark matter’ structures

Method to weigh galaxy clusters could help us understand mysterious ‘dark matter’ structures Gravitational lensing (arcs and streaks in the picture) in the galaxy cluster Abell 370. NASA/ESA James Geach, University of Hertfordshire The furthest galaxy ever observed is so far away that the starlight […]

What is space? The 300-year-old philosophical battle that is still raging today

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What is space? The 300-year-old philosophical battle that is still raging today

What is space? The 300-year-old philosophical battle that is still raging today Pexels, CC BY Emily Thomas, Durham University Mountains. Whales. The distant stars. All these things exist in space, and so do we. Our bodies take up a certain amount of space. When we […]

LIGO announcement vaults astronomy out of its silent movie era into the talkies

Supercomputer simulation of a pair of neutron stars colliding. NASA/AEI/ZIB/M. Koppitz and L. Rezzolla, CC BY

LIGO announcement vaults astronomy out of its silent movie era into the talkies

LIGO announcement vaults astronomy out of its silent movie era into the talkies Supercomputer simulation of a pair of neutron stars colliding. NASA/AEI/ZIB/M. Koppitz and L. Rezzolla, CC BY Chad Hanna, Pennsylvania State University When LIGO detected its first gravitational wave back in September 2015, […]

At last, we’ve found gravitational waves from a collapsing pair of neutron stars

Artist’s impression of the collision of two neutron stars, the source of the latest gravitational waves detected. National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet, Author provided

At last, we’ve found gravitational waves from a collapsing pair of neutron stars

At last, we’ve found gravitational waves from a collapsing pair of neutron stars Artist’s impression of the collision of two neutron stars, the source of the latest gravitational waves detected. National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet, Author provided David Blair, University of Western Australia After […]

After the alert: radio ‘eyes’ hunt the source of the gravitational waves

The Australia Telescope Compact Array in Narrabri, NSW. David Smyth/CSIRO, Author provided

After the alert: radio ‘eyes’ hunt the source of the gravitational waves

After the alert: radio ‘eyes’ hunt the source of the gravitational waves The Australia Telescope Compact Array in Narrabri, NSW. David Smyth/CSIRO, Author provided Tara Murphy, University of Sydney and David Kaplan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee At 11:21pm Sydney time on Thursday August 17, 2017, an […]

Why astrophysicists are over the moon about observing merging neutron stars

Simulation of two neutron stars merging. NASA/AEI/ZIB/M. Koppitz and L. Rezzolla, CC BY

Why astrophysicists are over the moon about observing merging neutron stars

Why astrophysicists are over the moon about observing merging neutron stars Simulation of two neutron stars merging. NASA/AEI/ZIB/M. Koppitz and L. Rezzolla, CC BY Roy Kilgard, Wesleyan University When LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, first detected gravitational waves from merging black holes, it opened […]

How we discovered gravitational waves from ‘neutron stars’ – and why it’s such a huge deal

Artist’s illustration of two merging neutron stars. National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet., CC BY-SA

How we discovered gravitational waves from ‘neutron stars’ – and why it’s such a huge deal

How we discovered gravitational waves from ‘neutron stars’ – and why it’s such a huge deal Artist’s illustration of two merging neutron stars. National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet., CC BY-SA Martin Hendry, University of Glasgow Rumours have been swirling for weeks that scientists have […]

NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event

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NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event

NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. […]

Hubble’s Compact Galaxy with Big-Time Star Formation

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Hubble’s Compact Galaxy with Big-Time Star Formation

Hubble’s Compact Galaxy with Big-Time Star Formation As far as galaxies are concerned, size can be deceptive. Some of the largest galaxies in the Universe are dormant, while some dwarf galaxies, such as ESO 553-46 imaged here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, can produce […]

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Witness Galactic Infancy

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field is a snapshot of about 10,000 galaxies in a tiny patch of sky, taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Credits: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), the HUDF Team

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Witness Galactic Infancy

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Witness Galactic Infancy Scientists will use NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to study sections of the sky previously observed by NASA’s Great Observatories, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope, to understand the creation of the universe’s first […]