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Astronomers Spot Massive Star-Forming Galaxies in Early Universe  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
Using data from multiple space- and ground-based telescopes, an international team of astronomers has discovered 39 massive star-forming galaxies at... more
Best of both worlds: Asteroids and massive mergers  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers are using the Catalina Sky Survey's near-Earth object telescopes to locate the optical counterparts to gravitational waves triggered by massive mergers. more
Image: Hubble's portrait of star's gaseous glow  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Although it looks more like an entity seen through a microscope than a telescope, this rounded object, named NGC 2022, is certainly not algae or tiny, blobby jellyfish. Instead, it is a vast orb... more
Best of both worlds: Asteroids and massive mergers  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The race is on. Since the construction of technology able to detect the ripples in space and time triggered by collisions from massive objects in the universe, astronomers around the world have... more
Moon glows brighter than sun in images from NASA's Fermi  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
If our eyes could see gamma rays, the Moon would appear brighter than the Sun! That's how NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has seen our neighbor in space... more
Moon glows brighter than sun in images from NASA's Fermi  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
If our eyes could see high-energy radiation called gamma rays, the Moon would appear brighter than the Sun! That's how NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has seen our... more
Total annihilation for supermassive stars  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A renegade star exploding in a distant galaxy has forced astronomers to set aside decades of research and focus on a new breed of supernova that can utterly annihilate its parent star—leaving no remnant behind. The signature event,... more
Conceptual design ready for PLATO telescope simulator  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research designs and builds a space simulator to test and calibrate eight out of twenty-six cameras for ESA's next exoplanet hunter telescope, PLATO. The conceptual design is now complete.... more
How astronomers chase new worlds in TESS data  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
As pink liquid oozed around her shoes, astronomer Johanna Teske started to feel sick. She had been looking for new planets with the Planet Finder Spectrograph, an astronomical instrument resembling an industrial-sized... more
Three new Beta Cephei stars detected  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Using NASA's prolonged Kepler mission, known as K2, astronomers have identified three new Beta Cephei stars. The newly found trio is an important addition to the still short list of known stars of this type. The... more
A brief astronomical history of Saturn's amazing rings  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Many dream of what they would do had they a time machine. Some would travel 100 million years back in time, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Not many, though, would think of... more
Stellar evolution in real time detected in the old star T Ursae Minoris  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
An international team of astronomers succeeded in detecting signs of aging in the red supergiant star T UMi. The star in the... more
Astronomers just quintupled the number of known repeating fast radio bursts  SCIENCE-NEWS · 4 days
A Canadian telescope spotted eight more repeating fast radio bursts. What causes these cryptic flashes of radio waves from deep space remains unclear. more
Automated observing network inaugurated at SOAR telescope  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Supernovae, neutron star mergers, black holes at the center of galaxies, erupting young stars—these are all examples of objects in the night sky that change their brightness over time. In the coming years, astronomers... more
Critical Observation Made on Maunakea During First Night of Return to Operations  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
The existing astronomical observatories on Maunakea returned to operations this weekend, and it didn’t take long for a significant result to be achieved, not... more
James Webb Space Telescope could begin learning about TRAPPIST-1 atmospheres in a year  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Astronomers are using the intriguing TRAPPIST-1 planetary system as a kind of laboratory to model not the planets themselves, but how the... more
Fluorescent glow may reveal hidden life in the cosmos  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Astronomers have uncovered a new way of searching for life in the cosmos. Harsh ultraviolet radiation flares from red suns, once thought to destroy surface life on planets, might help... more
Fluorescent glow may reveal hidden life in the cosmos  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Astronomers have uncovered a new way of searching for life in the cosmos. Harsh ultraviolet radiation flares from red suns, once thought to destroy surface life on planets, might help... more
Telescopes in Hawaii reopen after deal with protesters  Science Magazine · 5 days
Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope remains stalled, but other astronomers return to work more
Glitch in Vela Pulsar Provides Unique Opportunity to Study Neutron Star’s Interior  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Pulsars are rapidly rotating neutron stars observed to have pulses of radiation at very regular intervals that typically range from milliseconds to seconds. If... more
Near-Earth asteroid 2006 QV89 not a threat for next century  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Observations of the near-Earth asteroid 2006 QV89 made on August 11, 2019 with the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) have ruled out any potential future impact threat to the Earth... more
Finding a cosmic fog within shattered intergalactic pancakes  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
To understand the most ordinary matter in the universe—and the extraordinary things that happen to it—a Yale-led team of astronomers took a deep dive into the cosmic fog. more
Spitzer Spots Perfect Edge-On Galaxy: NGC 5866  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
NASA has released a stunning infrared image taken by the agency’s Spitzer Space Telescope of a lenticular galaxy called NGC 5866. NGC... more
Second baby planet found using pioneering technique  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Monash astrophysicists using the ALMA telescope in Chile have a made a world-first discovery with the sighting of a second new 'baby' planet (two to three times heavier than Jupiter) inside a gas and... more
NASA's Spitzer spies a perfectly sideways galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope might look like a lightsaber floating in space, but it's actually an entire galaxy viewed on its side. more
New millisecond pulsar discovered  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Astronomers have reported a serendipitous discovery of a new millisecond pulsar as part of an observational campaign using the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope. The newly detected pulsar has a spin period of about 2.77 ms and received... more
Glitch in Neutron Star Reveals Its Hidden Secrets  ASTRO WATCH · 6 days
If parts of the neutron star interior start to move outwards, the star spins faster. This is called a “glitch,”... more
Hubble Captures Beautiful Planetary Nebula Image  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced a stunning image of NGC 2022, a vast orb of gas in space, cast off by an... more
Dense gas detected in intercore bridges in the S235 star-forming region  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Using the Nobeyama Radio Observatory (NRO), astronomers have investigated a massive star-forming region known as S235. The study resulted in detecting high-density gas in this region,... more
Amid protest, Hawaii astronomers lose observation time  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Asteroids, including those that might slam into Earth. Clouds of gas and dust on the verge of forming stars. Planets orbiting stars other than our own. more
Hubble's New Portrait of Jupiter  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
This new Hubble Space Telescope view of Jupiter, taken on June 27, 2019, reveals the giant planet's trademark Great Red Spot, and a more intense color... more
ALMA Dives into Black Hole’s ‘Sphere of Influence’  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
What happens inside a black hole stays inside a black hole, but what happens inside a black hole's "sphere of... more
VST Captures a Celestial Gull in Flight  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Colorful and wispy, this intriguing collection of objects is known as the Seagull Nebula, named for its resemblance to a gull in... more
Famous 'X-Shaped' Galaxy Isn't Actually X-Shaped  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
There's a galaxy not too far from our own that astronomers were very sure was shaped like an X, at least from the perspective of radio telescopes. But a new, clearer radio telescope image shows that... more
Hubble Snaps Super-Sharp Image of Jupiter  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope obtained a detailed image of Jupiter on June 27, 2019, when the gas giant was approximately 400 million miles... more
Revealing Quasars’ True Colors  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Astronomers have identified a rare moment in the life of some of the universe's most energetic objects. Quasars were first observed 60 years ago, but their origins still... more
Astronomers Discover Vast Ancient Galaxies, Which Could Shed Light on Dark Matter  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Astronomers used the combined power of multiple astronomical observatories around the world and in space to discover a treasure-trove of previously unknown ancient massive... more
Hubble showcases new portrait of Jupiter  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals the intricate, detailed beauty of Jupiter's clouds in this new image taken on 27 June 2019. It features the planet's trademark Great Red Spot and a more intense colour palette... more
Evidence found for cloaked black hole in early universe  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A group of astronomers, including Penn State scientists, has announced the likely discovery of a highly obscured black hole existing only 850 million years after the Big Bang, using NASA's... more
Hubble's new portrait of Jupiter  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new Hubble Space Telescope view of Jupiter reveals the giant planet's trademark Great Red Spot, and a more intense color palette in the clouds swirling in Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere than seen in previous years. more
ALMA Determines Mass of Supermassive Black Hole in NGC 3258  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have observed the dynamical sphere of influence of... more
ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope Observes Seagull Nebula  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
The VLT Survey Telescope (VST), a large telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory, has taken a brilliant picture of the Seagull Nebula, which... more
In search of signals from the early universe  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
,On a hot morning in early July, a seven-foot wide, 8,000-pound metallic structure made its way from Boston to Penn's David Rittenhouse Laboratory. The large aperture telescope receiver (LATR) was carefully loaded... more
Astronomers investigate AGN jet in the Messier 87 galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Astronomers have taken a closer look at the relatively nearby Messier 87 (or M87) galaxy to investigate the jet of its active galactic nucleus (AGN). The new research, described in... more
Dead Planets Can ‘Broadcast’ for Up to a Billion Years  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Astronomers are planning to hunt for cores of exoplanets around white dwarf stars by 'tuning in'... more
Where in the universe can you find a black hole nursery?  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Gravitational wave researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed a new model that could help astronomers track down the origin of heavy black hole systems... more
A long time ago, galaxies far, far away  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers used the combined power of multiple astronomical observatories around the world and in space to discover a treasure-trove of previously unknown ancient massive galaxies. This is the first multiple discovery of... more
Vast ancient galaxies discovered  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers used the combined power of multiple astronomical observatories around the world and in space to discover a treasure-trove of previously unknown ancient massive galaxies. This is the first multiple discovery of its kind and such an abundance of this... more
Astronomers discover vast ancient galaxies, which could shed light on dark matter  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers have used the combined power of multiple astronomical observatories around the world and in space to discover a treasure trove of previously unknown... more
Astronomers Snap Images of Near-Earth Asteroid 2019 OK  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Using several telescopes of the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON), astronomers have captured a series of images of the recently-discovered... more
Anatomy of a cosmic seagull  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Colourful and wispy, this intriguing collection of objects is known as the Seagull Nebula, named for its resemblance to a gull in flight. Made up of dust, hydrogen, helium and traces of heavier elements, this region is the... more
ALMA dives into black hole's 'sphere of influence'  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
What happens inside a black hole stays inside a black hole, but what happens inside a black hole's "sphere of influence"—the innermost region of a galaxy where a black hole's gravity is... more
Astronomers reveal true colours of evolving galactic beasts  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Astronomers have spotted what they suggest is a 'brief transition phase in the development of these galactic giants that could shed light on how quasars and their host galaxies evolve. more
Astronomers reveal true colors of evolving galactic beasts  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers have identified a rare moment in the life of some of the universe's most energetic objects. more
Astronomers reveal true colors of evolving galactic beasts  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers have identified a rare moment in the life of some of the universe's most energetic objects. Quasars were first observed 60 years ago, but their origins still remain a mystery. Now... more
Astronomers identify dozens of new Beta Cephei stars  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Using the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT), astronomers have detected 86 new Beta Cephei (β Cep) stars in the Milky Way galaxy. The discovery, detailed in a paper published July 26 on... more
Dead planets can 'broadcast' for up to a billion years  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers are planning to hunt for cores of exoplanets around white dwarf stars by 'tuning in' to the radio waves that they emit. more
Space telescope would turn Earth into a giant magnifying lens  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Proposed “Terrascope” could gather light from small exoplanets with the power of a 150-meter mirror more
Critical deployment of NASA Webb's secondary mirror a success  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In order to do groundbreaking science, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope must first perform an extremely choreographed series of deployments, extensions, and movements that bring the observatory to life shortly... more
Dead planets can 'broadcast' for up to a billion years  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers are planning to hunt for cores of exoplanets around white dwarf stars by 'tuning in' to the radio waves that they emit. more
Dead planets can 'broadcast' for up to a billion years  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Astronomers are planning to hunt for cores of exoplanets around white dwarf stars by 'tuning in' to the radio waves that they emit. more
New Class of Pulsating Stars Discovered  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
An international team of astronomers from the United States, Germany and Israel has discovered a new class of pulsators that vary in brightness every... more
Why Thousands of Hawaiians (Including Jason Momoa) Are Protesting a Giant Telescope on Mauna Kea  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Native Hawaiians argue that the Thirty Meter Telescope, set for construction on the sacred site, was planned without... more
Ghosts of ancient explosions live on in stars today  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When small, dense stars called white dwarfs explode, they produce bright, short-lived flares called Type Ia supernovae. These supernovae are informative cosmological markers for astronomers—for example, they were used to... more
Still blocked from Hawaii peak, telescope seeks Spain permit (Update)  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The group behind a $1.4 billion telescope planned for Hawaii is applying for a permit to build in Spain as ongoing protests and a human blockade prevent them... more
Giant telescope backers to seek permit for alternative site  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The director of a Spanish research center says the international consortium that wants to build a giant telescope on Hawaii's tallest peak despite protests from Native Hawaiians has decided to... more
A new lens for life-searching space telescopes  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers have designed a new kind of telescope that is a cheaper, lighter and more powerful option than creating telescopes using ever-larger mirrors. With a fleet of the new space telescopes, they aim to... more
Ultramassive Black Hole Found in Elliptical Galaxy Holmberg 15A  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have discovered an enormous black hole at the center of Holmberg... more
A new lens for life-searching space telescopes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The University of Arizona Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory is a world leader in the production of the world's largest telescope mirrors. In fact, it is currently fabricating mirrors for the largest and most... more
A new UK astronomy instrument is set for Mexico  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new instrument to help astronomers understand how stars are born is bound for the Large Millimetre Telescope (LMT) in Mexico. more
Four new 'hot Jupiters' discovered  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers report the detection of four new "hot Jupiter" exoplanets as part of the WASP-south survey. The newfound alien worlds received designations: WASP-178b, WASP-184b, WASP-185b and WASP-192b. The discovery is detailed in a paper published July 26 on... more
Looking for warm dark matter  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In the last century, astronomers studying the motions of galaxies and the character of the cosmic microwave background radiation came to realize that most of the matter in the universe was not visible. About 84% of the matter... more
TESS Uncovers Its ‘First Nearby Super-Earth’  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
An international team of astronomers led by Cornell’s Lisa Kaltenegger has characterized the first potentially habitable world outside of our solar system discovered by... more
At the Edge of Chaos: New Method for Exoplanet Stability Analysis  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Exoplanets revolving around distant stars are coming quickly into focus with advanced technology like... more
Astronomers Discover Milky Way’s Most Iron-Poor Star  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
SMSS J160540.18-144323.1, an ultra-metal-poor red giant star located in the halo of the Milky Way, on the other side of the Galaxy... more
Shining (star)light on the search for life  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In the hunt for life on other worlds, astronomers scour over planets that are light-years away. They need ways to identify life from afar—but what counts as good evidence? more
Shining (star)light on the search for life  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
In the hunt for life on other worlds, astronomers scour over planets that are light-years away. They need ways to identify life from afar -- but what counts as good evidence? To know a... more
If Aliens Are Flashing Laser Beams at Us, We Now Have a Way to Detect Them  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Are aliens using super powerful flashlights to get our attention? Astronomers think there's a chance they... more
Astronomers Create New 3D Map of Milky Way Galaxy  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
By measuring the distance from the Sun to thousands of classical Cepheid stars and the associated young stellar... more
Image: Hubble traces a galaxy's outer reaches  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Believe it or not, this long, luminous streak, speckled with bright blisters and pockets of material, is a spiral galaxy like our Milky Way. But how could that be?  more
Stars may keep spinning fast, long into old age  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
NASA’s TESS telescope has spotted an old star that spins too fast for theory to explain, suggesting that stars may have a magnetic midlife crisis. more
TESS satellite uncovers its 'first nearby super-Earth'  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a mission designed to comb the heavens for exoplanets, has discovered its first potentially habitable world outside of our own solar system -- and an international team of... more
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