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1,400-year-old mystery of strange 'red sign' in Japan's sky solved  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
A scarlet fan spread across the skies over Japan 1,400 years ago, and it's been puzzling astronomers ever since. more
Astronomers define the 'really habitable zone': Planets capable of producing gin and tonic  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A hospitable star that doesn't kill you with deadly flares. A rocky planet with liquid water and an agreeable climate. Absence of... more
Spot BepiColombo during its ‘goodbye flyby’  ESA · 2 days
On 10 April, BepiColombo will be visible to amateur and professional astronomers during its first – and only – Earth flyby, as the spacecraft... more
Improved laser system will help large optical telescopes gather more accurate data  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Macquarie University researchers have developed an improved laser system that will help large optical telescopes to gather more accurate data. more
Limited work continues on JWST  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
While NASA has resumed some work on the James Webb Space Telescope, project officials say even that limited level of activity will soon come to a... more
Astronomers perform variability study of the blazar 3FGL J0449.4-4350  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Chinese astronomers have conducted a gamma-ray and optical variability analysis of the blazar 3FGL J0449.4-4350. The new research, presented in a paper published March 25 on arXiv.org, reports the detection... more
Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-sized black hole  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as ''intermediate-mass,'' which betrayed its existence by tearing apart... more
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope full mirror deployment a success  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
In a recent test, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope fully deployed its primary mirror into the same configuration it will have when in space. more
Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-sized black hole  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as "intermediate-mass," which betrayed its existence by tearing apart... more
Optical telescopes obtain long-term monitoring results of flux variability in blazars  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Blazars are a special kind of rare active galactic nuclei. They are currently the most likely candidates for high-energy neutrinos. Their relativistic jets may be the... more
Warped space-time to help WFIRST find exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) will search for planets outside our solar system toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy, where most stars are. Studying the properties of exoplanet worlds will... more
Study determines burst properties of the most recurring transient magnetar  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Using NASA's Fermi and Swift spacecraft, astronomers have investigated SGR J1935+2154, the most recurring transient magnetar known to date. The new research sheds more light on the burst... more
ALMA Uses Cosmic Lens to Capture Disturbed Gas Clouds in Distant Quasar  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
By combining the power of strong gravitational lensing with the capability of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a team of astronomers from Japan... more
Image: Hubble hooks a one-arm galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NGC 4618 was discovered on April 9, 1787, by the German-British astronomer William Herschel, who also discovered Uranus in 1781. Only a year before discovering NGC 4618, Herschel theorized that the "foggy" objects astronomers were seeing... more
TESS Discovers Its First Thick-Disk Exoplanet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
Astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have spotted an Earth-sized planet orbiting LHS 1815, a star in the thick disk of our... more
How will clouds obscure the view of exoplanet surfaces?  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In 2021, NASA's next-generation observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), will take to space. Once operational, this flagship mission will pick up where other space telescopes—like Hubble, Kepler and... more
Astronomers observe high-redshift quasar PSO J006.1240+39.2219 with Subaru telescope  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Using the Subaru telescope, astronomers from Taiwan have conducted spectroscopic observations of a high-redshift quasar designated PSO J006.1240+39.2219. Results of these observations, presented in a paper published March 19 on... more
Hubble Snaps Stunning Image of NGC 4651  SCI-NEWS.COM · 7 days
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a detailed image of a spiral galaxy called NGC 4651. NGC 4651 lies approximately 93... more
ALMA resolves gas impacted by young jets from supermassive black hole  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Astronomers obtained the first resolved image of disturbed gaseous clouds in a galaxy 11 billion light-years away by using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The... more
ALMA resolves gas impacted by young jets from supermassive black hole  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Astronomers obtained the first resolved image of disturbed gaseous clouds in a galaxy 11 billion light-years away by using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The... more
Paired with super telescopes, model Earths guide hunt for life  nanowerk · 1 week
Astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. The models will be spectral templates for astronomers... more
Astronomers use slime mould to map the universe's largest structures  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The behaviour of one of nature's humblest creatures and archival data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope are helping astronomers probe the largest structures in the Universe. more
Paired with super telescopes, model Earths guide hunt for life  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. The models will be spectral templates for astronomers... more
Earth's own evolution used as guide to hunt exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Cornell astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. more
Holographic cosmological model and thermodynamics on the horizon of the universe  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The expansion of the Universe has occupied the minds of astronomers and astrophysicists for decades. Among the cosmological models that have been suggested over the years,... more
Astronomers Map Out Three Nearby Molecular Clouds  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers using the Nobeyama 45-m Radio Telescope in Japan have carried out mapping observations toward three nearby molecular clouds: Orion A, Aquila Rift,... more
Supernova remnant W49B investigated with XMM-Newton  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Chinese astronomers using ESA's XMM-Newton spacecraft have investigated a luminous supernova remnant (SNR) known as W49B. Results of the new study, presented in a paper published March 16 on arXiv.org, shed more light on the properties... more
Astrophysicists Perform Test of String Theory  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astrophysicists using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have looked for signs of an as-yet undetected particle predicted by string theory, a set of models intended... more
Searching for the first stars and galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astrophysicists, telescopes, supercomputers, and software engineers have joined forces to search for signals from the early Universe. more
Chinese astronomers detect gamma-ray emission from two star-forming galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers from Nanjing University in China have detected gamma ray emission from two star-forming galaxies designated M33 and Arp 299. The finding, which is detailed in a paper published March... more
Solar system acquired current configuration not long after its formation  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The hypothesis that the solar system originated from a gigantic cloud of gas and dust was first floated in the second half of the 18th century by German... more
Time symmetry and the laws of physics  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
If three or more objects move around each other, history cannot be reversed. That is the conclusion of an international team of researchers based on computer simulations of three black holes orbiting each other.... more
Star formation project maps nearby interstellar clouds  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers have captured new, detailed maps of three nearby interstellar gas clouds containing regions of ongoing high-mass star formation. The results of this survey, called the Star Formation Project, will help improve our understanding... more
Star formation project maps nearby interstellar clouds  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers have captured new, detailed maps of three nearby interstellar gas clouds containing regions of ongoing high-mass star formation. The results of this survey, called the Star Formation Project, will help improve our understanding... more
V2455 Cyg is a high amplitude Delta Scuti star, new observations suggest  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Using the Research Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics of Maragha (RIAAM) Observatory, Iranian astronomers have performed new photometric observations of the variable star V2455... more
NGC 4618: Hubble Spots Spiral Galaxy with Single Arm  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured an amazing new photo of an unusual spiral galaxy called NGC... more
Star formation project maps nearby interstellar clouds  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Astronomers have captured new, detailed maps of three nearby interstellar gas clouds containing regions of ongoing high-mass star formation. The results of this survey, called the Star Formation Project, will help improve our understanding... more
Newfound Comet ATLAS is getting really bright, really fast  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
For years, amateur astronomers have been waiting for a bright, naked-eye comet to pass by Earth — and finally, such an object may have arrived. more
The strange orbits of 'Tatooine' planetary disks  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found striking orbital geometries in protoplanetary disks around binary stars. While disks orbiting the most compact binary star systems share very nearly the same plane,... more
Coronavirus pauses work on JWST  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
NASA has suspended work on the James Webb Space Telescope as it prioritizes what agency missions require people to be on site during the coronavirus pandemic.... more
Hubble Space Telescope Spots Quasar Tsunamis  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Quasars are the ultra-bright cores of distant active galaxies. These objects are among the most distant and luminous objects known. Their central engines are... more
Image: Hubble gazes at fluffy-looking galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
This image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy NGC 4237. Located about 60 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair), NGC 4237 is classified as a flocculent... more
The strange orbits of 'Tatooine' planetary disks (w/video)  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Astronomers have found striking orbital geometries in protoplanetary disks around binary stars. While disks orbiting the most compact binary star systems share very nearly the same plane, disks encircling wide binaries have... more
ALMA Observes Protoplanetary Disks around Binary Stars  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Using data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a team of astronomers has found striking orbital geometries in circumbinary protoplanetary disks.... more
Team discovers quasar tsunamis capable of preventing stars from forming  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Using the unique capabilities of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers led by Virginia Tech's Nahum Arav has discovered the most energetic outflows ever witnessed in... more
Astronomers Discover Way to Get Sharp Images of Black Hole’s Photon Rings  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
In April 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration released stunning images of the supermassive black hole in Messier 87, a giant elliptical galaxy... more
The strange orbits of 'Tatooine' planetary disks  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found striking orbital geometries in protoplanetary disks around binary stars. While disks orbiting the most compact binary star systems share very nearly the same plane,... more
Dark matter and massive galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
About 85% of the matter in the universe is in the form of dark matter, whose nature remains a mystery, and the rest is of the kind found in atoms. Dark matter exhibits gravity but otherwise does not... more
Astronomers determine chemical composition of a nearby stellar stream  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
By conducting high-resolution optical spectroscopic observations of a nearby stellar stream known as Pisces–Eridanus, astronomers have unveiled essential information about its chemical nature. Results of the new study are presented... more
SpaceX claims some success in darkening Starlink satellites  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
SpaceX says it will take more steps to reduce the impact of its Starlink satellite constellation on astronomy, although astronomers... more
New telescope design could capture distant celestial objects with unprecedented detail  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Researchers have designed a new camera that could allow hypertelescopes to image multiple stars at once. The enhanced telescope design holds the potential to obtain extremely... more
Research team discovers path to razor-sharp black hole images  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Last April, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) sparked international excitement when it unveiled the first image of a black hole. Today, a team of researchers have published new calculations that... more
New telescope design could capture distant celestial objects with unprecedented detail  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Researchers have designed a new camera that could allow hypertelescopes to image multiple stars at once. The enhanced telescope design holds the potential to obtain extremely... more
Universal interferometric signatures of a black holes photon ring  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
The Event Horizon Telescope image of the supermassive black hole in the galaxy M87 is dominated by a bright, unresolved ring. General relativity predicts that embedded within this image lies... more
Precision mirrors poised to improve sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Researchers have developed a new type of deformable mirror that could increase the sensitivity of ground-based gravitational wave detectors such as the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).... more
On the origin of massive stars  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
This scene of stellar creation, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, sits near the outskirts of the famous Tarantula Nebula. This cloud of gas and dust, as well as the many young and massive stars... more
Observations unveil the nature of chemically peculiar star HD 63401  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Using NASA's TESS spacecraft and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), astronomers from Canada and Ukraine have conducted observations of the magnetic chemically peculiar star HD 63401. Results of the... more
Astronomers Discover First Pulsating White Dwarf in Eclipsing Binary System  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
Astronomers have spotted a pulsating white dwarf star in the binary stellar system SDSS J115219.99+024814.4 (SDSS... more
Image: Hubble investigates hungry galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The subject of this image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, a spiral galaxy named NGC 1589, was once the scene of a violent bout of cosmic hunger pangs. As astronomers looked on, a poor, hapless star... more
Binary evolution of the millisecond pulsar SAX J1808.4–3658 investigated by researchers  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Astronomers from Australia and Canada have performed a study of an accretion-powered millisecond pulsar known as SAX J1808.4–3658. The new research, provides essential information regarding binary... more
Hubble Spots Flocculent Spiral Galaxy: NGC 4237  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced a spectacularly detailed image of the central region of the spiral galaxy NGC 4237. NGC... more
Astronomers Discover 139 New Trans-Neptunian Objects  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
Astronomers have released a catalog of 316 trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) — minor planets located in the far reaches of the Solar System — detected... more
Astronomers Discover Most Distant Blazar Yet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
Astronomers using the Large Binocular Telescope have found a blazar 13 billion light-years from Earth, making it officially the most distant blazar ever detected.... more
Very Large Telescope observes exoplanet where it rains iron  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Researchers using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have observed an extreme planet where they suspect it rains iron. The ultra-hot giant exoplanet has a day side where temperatures climb above... more
Printing a telescope for space  ESA · 4 weeks
This weirdly organic item is the answer to an engineering question: how to take the maximum benefit from 3D printing to produce a highly demanding item... more
Slime mold simulations used to map dark matter holding universe together  nanowerk · 4 weeks
The behavior of one of nature's humblest creatures is helping astronomers probe the largest structures in the universe. more
Astronomers pinpoint rare binary brown dwarf  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Astronomers working on 'first light' results from a newly commissioned telescope in Chile made a chance discovery that led to the identification of a rare eclipsing binary brown dwarf system. more
Astronomers use slime mold model to reveal dark threads of the cosmic web  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A computational approach inspired by the growth patterns of a bright yellow slime mold has enabled a team of astronomers and computer... more
TESS Discovers New Class of Pulsating Star  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
Using data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a team of professional astronomers and citizen scientists has discovered a star that... more
Astronomers use slime mold model to reveal dark threads of the cosmic web  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A computational approach inspired by the growth patterns of a bright yellow slime mold has enabled a team of astronomers and computer... more
Astronomers Spot Rare Eclipsing Brown-Dwarf Binary System  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
Astronomers using robotic telescopes at ESO’s newest planet-hunting SPECULOOS (Search for habitable Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars) Observatory in Chile have spotted a... more
Radio galaxy NGC 3894 investigated with Fermi  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Using the Large Area Telescope (LAT) onboard NASA's Fermi spacecraft, astronomers have investigated a nearby radio galaxy known as NGC 3894. Results of the study, presented in a paper published March 3, confirm the... more
Single-Moon Systems Possible around Gas-Giant Planets  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
A team of astronomers in Japan has demonstrated that systems can form that have only one large moon, such as Titan around Saturn, around... more
Astronomers pinpoint rare binary brown dwarf  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Astronomers working on 'first light' results from a newly commissioned telescope in Chile made a chance discovery that led to the identification of a rare eclipsing binary brown dwarf system. more
Image: Hubble spies galactic traffic jam  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The barred spiral galaxy NGC 3887, seen here as viewed by the Wide Field Camera 3 aboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, lies over 60 million light-years away from us in the southern constellation of Crater... more
Astronomers identify nearly 3,000 candidate stars of a nearby star-forming galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Using the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted photometric observations of a nearby star-forming galaxy known as NGC 6822.... more
Astronomers report most distant blazar ever observed  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Although it may have a difficult designation to remember, PSO J030947.49+271757.31, the most distant blazar observed to date, reveals important details about ancient black holes and places tight constraints on theories of the evolution... more
Hubble Space Telescope Observes NGC 1589  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
NASA has released a stunning image snapped by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the central region of the edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 1589.... more
Kepler’s decision to build its own cubesats surprises manufacturers  SPACE NEWS · 4 weeks
It came as a surprise to many cubesat manufacturers when Kepler Communications announced plans in January to manufacture... more
Betelgeuse Isn’t Dimming Because It’s About To Explode — It’s Just Dusty  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 month
On February 15, 2020, a team of U.S. astronomers observed Betelgeuse, a dimming red supergiant located approximately 650 light-years away from Earth, using the... more
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