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Astronomers Investigate a Nearby Magnetar in a Quiescent State  ASTRO WATCH · 11 hours
A team of European astronomers has investigated XTE J1810-197, one of the closest magnetars to our planet, during... more
Hubble goes deep  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
This image from the Hubble Deep UV (HDUV) Legacy Survey encompasses 12,000 star-forming galaxies in a part of the constellation Fornax known as the GOODS-South field. With the addition of ultraviolet light imagery, astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope... more
Comet 46P/Wirtanen Passes by Earth  ASTRO WATCH · 18 hours
A special visitor is crossing the sky this December: Comet 46P/Wirtanen, sighted with telescopes and binoculars in recent weeks, is on the way to its closest... more
December comet brings back Rosetta memories  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
A special visitor is crossing the sky: Comet 46P/Wirtanen, sighted with telescopes and binoculars in recent weeks, is on the way to its closest approach to Earth this weekend, when it might become visible to the... more
A new neptune-size exoplanet  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
The remarkable exoplanet discoveries made by the Kepler and K2 missions have enabled astronomers to begin to piece together the history of the Earth and to understand how and why it differs from its diverse exoplanetary cousins. Two still outstanding... more
Comet 46P/Wirtanen to Make Closest Approach to Earth in Over Four Centuries  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 day
On Sunday, December 16, 2018, comet 46P/Wirtanen will make a close pass of Earth. The comet will be at its closest distance to our... more
The Data Revolution in the Night Sky  ASTRO WATCH · 1 day
The HITS Astroinformatics research group helps astronomers to better analyze the rapidly growing data-sets with modern methods from computer science. The researchers... more
A Young Star Caught Forming Like a Planet  ASTRO WATCH · 2 days
Astronomers have captured one of the most detailed views of a young star taken to date, and revealed an unexpected... more
Shrinking 'hot Neptune' could explain how other Earth-size planets form - CNET  CNET · 2 days
Astronomers spy quickly evaporating planet GJ 3470b, which could help solve an odd mystery about distant worlds. more
Wild shrinking planet could explain how other Earth-size worlds form - CNET  CNET · 2 days
Astronomers spy quickly evaporating planet GJ 3470b, which could help solve an odd mystery about distant worlds. more
See a passing comet this Sunday  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
On Sunday, Dec. 16, the comet known as 46P/Wirtanen will make one of the 10 closest comet flybys of Earth in 70 years, and you may even be able to see it without a telescope. more
Hubble Finds Fast-Evaporating Warm Neptune: GJ 3470b  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
Extrasolar ‘Neptunes’ are exoplanets with masses and radii similar to those of the ice giants in the Solar System. In 2015, astronomers... more
A young star caught forming like a planet  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Astronomers have captured one of the most detailed views of a young star taken to date, and revealed an unexpected companion in orbit around it. more
A young star caught forming like a planet  nanowerk · 3 days
Astronomers have captured one of the most detailed views of a young star taken to date, and revealed an unexpected companion in orbit around it. more
Smaller Member of Binary Protostar Caught Forming Like Planet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
While observing a massive protostar called G11.92-0.61 MM 1, a research team led by University of Leeds astronomers... more
ESO’s R Aquarii Week Continues with the Sharpest R Aquarii Image Ever  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
While testing a new subsystem on the SPHERE planet-hunting instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers were able to capture dramatic details of the... more
A young star caught forming like a planet  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Astronomers have captured one of the most detailed views of a young star taken to date, and revealed an unexpected companion in orbit around it. more
December comet brings back Rosetta memories  ESA · 3 days
A special visitor is crossing the sky: Comet 46P/Wirtanen, sighted with telescopes and binoculars in recent weeks, is on the way to its closest... more
In search of missing worlds, Hubble finds a fast evaporating exoplanet  nanowerk · 3 days
Astronomers have used Hubble to nab a second 'very warm' Neptune (GJ 3470b) that is losing its atmosphere at a rate 100 times faster than that... more
ALMA Campaign Provides Unprecedented Views of the Birth of Planets  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
Astronomers have cataloged nearly 4,000 exoplanets in orbit around distant stars. Though the discovery of these... more
Small Magellanic Cloud: A Satellite Dwarf Galaxy Neighbor  SPACE.COM · 3 days
For hundreds of years the Small Magellanic Cloud has provided astronomers with a relatively close-up view of another galaxy. more
Hubble Space Telescope Will Track Comet 46P/Wirtanen As It Flies Close by Earth  SPACE.COM · 3 days
A comet is set to pass close to Earth this weekend, providing a treat for skywatchers — and for astronomers hoping to... more
Hubble finds far-away planet vanishing at record speed  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The speed and distance at which planets orbit their respective blazing stars can determine each planet's fate—whether the planet remains a longstanding part of its solar system or evaporates into the universe's... more
ALMA Captures Stunning Views of Protoplanetary Disks  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have conducted one of the deepest surveys ever of protoplanetary disks — quasi-steady circumstellar... more
NASA's Webb Telescope will provide census of fledgling stars in stellar nursery  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The dazzling glow of young stars dominates images of the giant stellar nursery NGC 346, in the neighboring dwarf galaxy called the Small Magellanic... more
Where did the hot Neptunes go? A shrinking planet holds the answer  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
'Where did the hot Neptunes go?' This is the question astronomers have been asking for a long time, faced with the mysterious absence of... more
Calibrating Cosmic Mile Markers  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
New work from the Carnegie Supernova Project provides the best-yet calibrations for using type Ia supernovae to measure cosmic distances, which has implications for our understanding of how... more
Large population of potential young planets found in distant planetary systems  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Astronomers used the powerful ALMA telescope to discover that in other parts of the Milky Way Galaxy (seen here) there is potentially a large population of... more
The epoch of planet formation, times twenty  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Astronomers have cataloged nearly 4,000 exoplanets in orbit around distant stars. Though the discovery of these newfound worlds has taught us much, there is still a great deal we do not know about the... more
Bose-Einstein condensates cannot currently detect gravitational waves  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
The gravitational waves created in the depths of space indeed reach Earth. Their effects, however, are so small that they could only be observed so far using kilometer-long measurement facilities. Physicists therefore discuss whether... more
The epoch of planet formation, times twenty  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
A team of astronomers has conducted ALMA's first large-scale, high-resolution survey of protoplanetary disks, the belts of dust and gas around young stars. more
Astronomers find that dark matter dominates across cosmic time  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
In findings published today in The Astrophysical Journal, University of Texas at Austin astronomers report that they have stumbled on an extraordinary galaxy that may corroborate a recently contested theory... more
Astronomers confirm extended atmosphere on accretion disk of X-ray binary  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Astronomers use stellar eclipses to study the atmosphere of accretion disks around compact stars. SRON-researchers observed this method on a low-mass X-ray binary. They find a thicker atmosphere... more
Periodic radio signal detected from the blazar J1043+2408  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Using Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO), astronomers have detected a periodic signal in the radio light curve of the blazar J1043+2408, which could be helpful in improving our understanding about the nature... more
See a hyperactive Christmas comet zip through space - CNET  CNET · 5 days
Comet 46P/Wirtanen is closing in on an Earth flyby and a telescope captured the action. more
Edmond Halley: An Extraordinary Scientist and the Second Astronomer Royal  SPACE.COM · 5 days
Edmond Halley is best remembered for predicting the orbit of the comet that was later named after him. Besides astronomy, he also made significant discoveries in the fields... more
Named for a Cookie, New Planet-Hunting Telescope Snaps 1st Photo (And It's Sweet!)  SPACE.COM · 6 days
The delectably named SPECULOOS project has achieved first light, according to a Dec. 5 statement by the European Southern Observatory (ESO). more
Calibrating cosmic mile markers  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
New work from the Carnegie Supernova Project provides the best-yet calibrations for using type Ia supernovae to measure cosmic distances, which has implications for our understanding of how fast the universe is expanding and the role dark energy may play... more
Learning from Lunar Lights  ASTRO WATCH · 6 days
Every few hours observing the Moon, ESA’s ‘NELIOTA’ project discovers a brilliant flash of light across its surface – the result of an object hurtling through space and... more
Evidence for carbon-rich surface on Ceres  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Astronomers have concluded that the surface of dwarf planet Ceres is rich in organic matter. Data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft indicate that Ceres's surface may contain several times the concentration of carbon than is present in... more
Cataclysmic variable ES Ceti has an accretion disk, study suggests  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Astronomers have conducted spectroscopic observations of the cataclysmic variable ES Ceti, which resulted in uncovering important insights about gas emission from this object. The new findings, presented in... more
Hubble Captures Striking New Image of Grand Design Spiral Galaxy Messier 100  SCI-NEWS.COM · 7 days
A new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the core and the innermost parts of the spiral arms of a spiral galaxy... more
Australia Leads Project to Revolutionize Astronomy  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Australian scientists will lead the design phase of a multimillion-dollar project for a new system on one of the world's most powerful ground-based optical... more
Helium Exoplanet Inflated Like a Balloon, Research Shows  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
An international team of researchers, including Jessica Spake and Dr David Sing from the University of Exeter, have detected the... more
Unknown Treasure Trove of Planets Found Hiding in Dust  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
"Super-Earths" and Neptune-sized planets could be forming around young stars in much greater numbers than scientists thought, new... more
A Radio Search for Artificial Emissions from 'Oumuamua  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
It’s the first time a visitor from another star system has been seen nearby. But what is it? An asteroid,... more
Kepler Space Telescope: The Original Exoplanet Hunter  SPACE.COM · 1 week
NASA's Kepler Space Telescope was revolutionary space telescope dedicated to finding planets outside our solar system. more
Anniversary Pic Celebrates Astronauts Fixing Hubble's Vision 25 Years Ago  SPACE.COM · 1 week
NASA released a stunning new comparison photo to celebrate the anniversary of the first astronaut mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope's blurry vision, 25 years ago. more
Astronomers Think They've Figured Out the Raging Swirls of Gas Around Supermassive Black Holes  SPACE.COM · 1 week
Churning, hellish, hot-cold gas storms swirl around our universe's supermassive black holes. But the scientists involved in discovering them would... more
Astronomers Spot Helium Cloud around Exo-Neptune HAT-P-11b  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
An international team of astronomers has detected helium escaping from the upper atmosphere of HAT-P-11b, a Neptune-mass exoplanet located in the constellation... more
Learning from lunar lights  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Every few hours observing the moon, ESA's 'NELIOTA' project discovers a brilliant flash of light across its surface – the result of an object hurtling through space and striking our unprotected rocky neighbour at vast speed. Based at the Kryoneri... more
Learning from lunar lights  ESA · 1 week
Every few hours observing the Moon, ESA’s ‘NELIOTA’ project discovers a brilliant flash of light across its surface – the result of an object hurtling through space and... more
Kepler Telescope Captures First Moments of a Star's Death  SPACE.COM · 1 week
NASA's Kepler space telescope captured the light of a stellar explosion that occurred about 170 million years ago. more
Unknown treasure trove of planets found hiding in dust  nanowerk · 1 week
'Super-Earths' and Neptune-sized planets could be forming around young stars in much greater numbers than scientists thought, new research by an international team of astronomers suggests. more
Unknown treasure trove of planets found hiding in dust  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
"Super-Earths" and Neptune-sized planets could be forming around young stars in much greater numbers than scientists thought, new research by an international team of astronomers suggests. more
Helium exoplanet inflated like a balloon, research shows  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Astronomers have discovered a distant planet with an abundance of helium in its atmosphere, which has swollen to resemble an inflated balloon. more
LIGO supercomputer upgrade will speed up groundbreaking astrophysics research  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In 2016, an international team of scientists found definitive evidence—tiny ripples in space known as gravitational waves—to support one of the last remaining untested predictions of Einstein's theory of general... more
Astronomers Think They've Figured Out the Raging Swirls of Gas Around Supermassive Black Holes  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Churning, hellish, hot-cold gas storms swirl around our universe's supermassive black holes. But the scientists involved in discovering them would... more
Catalog of cosmic cataclysms helps establish gravitational wave astronomy  nanowerk · 2 weeks
The records of cataclysmic cosmic events, including four black hole observations disclosed for the first time, have been collected into a catalog. Production of the catalog suggests that gravitational wave... more
First light for SPECULOOS  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The SPECULOOS Southern Observatory (SSO) has been successfully installed at the Paranal Observatory and has obtained its first engineering and calibration images—a process known as first light. After finishing this commissioning phase, this new array of planet-hunting telescopes will begin... more
Unusual ultraluminous X-ray source discovered in the galaxy Messier 86  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Using data provided by NASA's Chandra spacecraft, astronomers have identified a new unusual ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX) in the elliptical galaxy Messier 86. The newly found ULX, designated... more
The 'camera that saved Hubble' turns 25  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Twenty-five years ago this week, NASA held its collective breath as seven astronauts on space shuttle Endeavour caught up with the Hubble Space Telescope 353 miles (568 kilometers) above Earth. Their mission: to fix... more
Key components of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument are installed atop the Mayall Telescope  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Key components for the sky-mapping Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), weighing about 12 tons, were hoisted atop the Mayall Telescope... more
Astronomers find far-flung wind from a black hole in the universe’s first light  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
The detection of black hole winds far from their host galaxy could reveal details of how galaxies and black holes grow up... more
Combination of space-based and ground-based telescopes reveals more than 100 exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An international team of astronomers using a combination of ground and space-based telescopes have reported more than 100 extrasolar planets in only three months. These planets... more
An Artificial Proba-2 View of the Solar North Pole  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
We’ve sent numerous missions into space to study the Sun; past and present solar explorers include ESA’s Proba-2... more
The $17 iOttie Easy One Touch 4 mounts your phone perfectly in your car  Windows Central · 2 weeks
Keep your phone around without distracting you! The iOttie Easy One Touch 4 dashboard and windshield car mount phone holder... more
Combination of space-based and ground-based telescopes reveals more than 100 exoplanets  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers using a combination of ground and space based telescopes have reported more than 100 extrasolar planets (exoplanets) in only three months. These planets are quite... more
Combination of space-based and ground-based telescopes reveals more than 100 exoplanets  nanowerk · 2 weeks
An international team of astronomers using a combination of ground and space based telescopes have reported more than 100 extrasolar planets in only three months. These... more
ALMA Finds Giant Stars with Comet-Like Tails in Westerlund 1  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have spotted comet-like stars in a young star... more
Astronomers detect low-mass brown dwarf around A-type main-sequence star  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Using HATSouth Exoplanet Survey, an international group of astronomers has discovered a low-mass brown dwarf transiting an A-type main-sequence star. The newly detected brown dwarf, designated HATS-70b, is the first... more
An artificial Proba-2 view of the solar north pole  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
We've sent numerous missions into space to study the Sun; past and present solar explorers include ESA's Proba-2 (PRoject for OnBoard Autonomy 2) and SOHO (SOlar Heliospheric Observatory) probes, NASA's... more
LCO and NASA's Kepler work together to determine origins of supernova  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers at Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) are part of an international team of scientists who used NASA's Kepler satellite to catch a rare glimpse of a... more
Astronomers Create Global Thermal Maps of Jupiter’s Moon Europa  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
A new series of daytime images of Europa from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has helped astronomers... more
IAU Astronomers Show Exceptional Involvement in Outreach Activities  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
A study of outreach activities published in the journal Nature Astronomy has presented the results of a survey gathered from... more
On This Day in Space! Dec. 2, 1995: NASA Launches SOHO Sun-Watching Satellite  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
On Dec. 2, 1995, NASA launched the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, also known as SOHO. See how it happened in our On... more
Fabrication of Powerful Telescope Begins  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Fabrication of the Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope-prime (CCAT-p), a powerful telescope capable of mapping the sky at submillimeter and millimeter wavelengths, has now begun, marking a... more
Newly Discovered Supernova Complicates Origin Story Theories  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
A supernova discovered by an international group of astronomers including Carnegie’s Tom Holoien and Maria Drout, and led by University of Hawaii’s... more
Hubble Telescope Spots Thousands of 'Orphaned' Star Clusters Drifting Between Galaxies  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
An enormous cosmic neighborhood that's home to more than 1,000 gravitationally bound galactic neighbors is bursting with thousands of stray star clusters, images from the Hubble... more
Astronomers Trace History of Universe’s Star Formation  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers believe that our Universe began forming the first stars when it was a few hundred million years old. Since then, the... more
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Actual image of a white dwarf feeding on material from a larger red giant 650 light years from Earth
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Key components of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument are installed atop the Mayall Telescope
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Combination of space-based and ground-based telescopes reveals more than 100 exoplanets
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The power of the wobble: Finding exoplanets in the shifting of starlight
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Kepler telescope bids 'goodnight' with final commands
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New film celebrates Hubble Space Telescope
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