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XMM-Newton maps black hole surroundings  ESA · 4 hours
Material falling into a black hole casts X-rays out into space – and now, for the first time, ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory has used the reverberating... more
The dynamic behaviour of a black hole corona  ESA · 4 hours
Image: These illustrations show the surroundings of a black hole feeding on ambient gas as mapped using ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray... more
BSNIP project releases spectra of more than 200 Type Ia supernovae  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
The Berkeley Supernova Ia Program (BSNIP) has released a dataset containing over 600 spectra of 242 Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia). The new data release, available... more
First results from the Dark Energy Survey  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
The Dark Energy Survey (DES) program uses the patterns of cosmic structure as seen in the spatial distribution of hundreds of millions of galaxies to reveal the nature of "dark energy," the source of... more
A brain transplant for one of Australia's top telescopes  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
One of Australia's top telescopes will receive an A$2.6 million upgrade to help extend its three-decade record of improving our understanding of the universe. more
Hubble Views Face-On Barred Spiral Galaxy  SCI-NEWS.COM · 9 hours
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has imaged a beautiful spiral galaxy called NGC 1022. NGC 1022 was discovered by the German-born British astronomer William... more
Stars Need a Partner to Spin Universe’s Brightest Explosions  ASTRO WATCH · 1 day
When it comes to the biggest and brightest explosions seen in the Universe, University of Warwick astronomers have... more
Scientists measure the evolving energy of a solar flare's explosive first minutes  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Toward the end of 2017, a massive new region of magnetic field erupted on the Sun's surface next to an existing sunspot. The powerful... more
New astronomical instrument on the hunt for exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
At the highest point of the Quinlan mountains, overlooking the Sonoran Desert as it stretches across southern Arizona, NEID (pronounced like "fluid") recently collected its first observations, known colloquially by astronomers as... more
Here and gone: Outbound comets are likely of alien origin  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have analyzed the paths of two objects heading out of the Solar System forever and determined that they also... more
Image: Hubble views galaxy from famous catalog  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
This bright, somewhat blob-like object—seen in this image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope—is a galaxy named NGC 1803. It is about 200 million light-years away, in the southern constellation of Pictor (the... more
Here and gone: Outbound comets are likely of extra-solar origin  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have analyzed the paths of two objects heading out of the Solar System forever and determined that they also... more
Possible discovery of a new super-Earth orbiting Proxima Centauri  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Astronomers have discovered another candidate exoplanet orbiting our neighbor Proxima Centauri. A paper announcing these results was just published in the journal Science Advances. If confirmed, it will be the... more
Proxima c: Possible Second Planet Found around Sun’s Nearest Neighbor  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
An international team of astronomers has detected a candidate super-Earth planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the nearest... more
Stellar Heavy Metals Can Trace History of Galaxies  ASTRO WATCH · 5 days
Astronomers have cataloged signs of 9 heavy metals in the infrared light from supergiant and giant stars. New observations based... more
Astronomers Trace Journey of Phosphorus from Stellar Nurseries to Solar System Comets  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
To understand how molecules containing phosphorus — one of life’s building blocks — are formed in star-forming regions, a team of astronomers has analyzed... more
Astronomers discover class of strange objects near our galaxy's enormous black hole  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Astronomers have discovered a new class of bizarre objects at the center of our galaxy, not far from the supermassive black hole called Sagittarius... more
Astronomers discover class of strange objects near our galaxy's enormous black hole  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Astronomers from UCLA's Galactic Center Orbits Initiative have discovered a new class of bizarre objects at the center of our galaxy, not far from... more
Astronomers Discover Five New Planets around Nearby Red Dwarfs  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Astronomers have detected five new planets, eight planet candidates, and confirmed three previously reported planets, around nine nearby... more
Putting the universe under the telescope  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
We humans are a curious, questing lot, and the 2020s will see us continue to observe the universe around us, trying to understand more about fundamental particles, forces, objects and relationships from both ground and space-based... more
Mapping the cosmic journey of phosphorus with Rosetta and ALMA  ESA · 5 days
Astronomers using the combined powers of ESA’s Rosetta mission and the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array... more
V473 Lyr has a low-mass companion, study suggests  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Using ESA's XMM-Newton spacecraft, astronomers have conducted X-ray observations of a peculiar Cepheid variable star known as V473 Lyr. Results of the study suggest that this star has a young, low-mass companion.... more
Astronomers reveal interstellar thread of one of life's building blocks  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Phosphorus is an essential element for life as we know it. But how it arrived on the early Earth is something of a mystery. Astronomers have now traced... more
New front emerges in battle to build giant telescope in Hawaii  Science Magazine · 6 days
TMT opponents try to win over other astronomers in priority-setting decadal survey more
Hot gas feeds spiral arms of the Milky Way  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
An international research team, with significant participation of astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), has gained important insights into the origin of the material in the spiral... more
Cheops seen by SAINT-EX telescope  ESA · 6 days
Image: ESA’s Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, is shown here as a long streak against a backdrop of stars as it orbits the Earth after its successful... more
'Cold Neptune' and two temperate super-Earths found orbiting nearby stars  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A 'cold Neptune' and two potentially habitable worlds are part of a cache of five newly discovered exoplanets and eight exoplanet candidates found orbiting nearby red dwarf stars.... more
VLT Spots Two Interacting Galaxies  SCI-NEWS.COM · 7 days
Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have captured a striking view of two interacting galaxies NGC 470 and NGC 474. This pair of interacting galaxies lies... more
Stars need a partner to spin universe's brightest explosions  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
When it comes to the biggest and brightest explosions seen in the universe, astronomers have found that it takes two stars to make a gamma-ray burst. more
Stars need a partner to spin universe's brightest explosions  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
When it comes to the biggest and brightest explosions seen in the Universe, University of Warwick astronomers have found that it takes two stars to make a gamma-ray burst. more
Hubble Space Telescope Observes NGC 1803  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken a beautiful picture of a spiral galaxy called NGC 1803. NGC 1803 lies approximately 200 million light-years... more
Another state change of the variable gamma-ray pulsar PSR J2021+4026 observed by astronomers  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Using NASA's Fermi telescope, astronomers have detected a state change of the gamma-ray emission and spin-down rate of the variable radio-quiet gamma-ray... more
Oxygen line opens new perspective on the far universe  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A team of astronomers of Leiden University and the University of Texas (Austin, United States) has discovered a new way to map distant galaxies. They did so by observing the... more
Astronomers Pinpoint Two New 'Tatooine' Planetary Systems  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Astronomers announced Monday the first discovery made by NASA's TESS mission of a two-star planetary system. Led by researchers at NASA's Goddard... more
TESS Finds Its First Earth-size Habitable-zone World  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered its first Earth-size planet in its star’s habitable zone, the range of distances where... more
New Map of Milky Way Reveals Giant Wave of Stellar Nurseries  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Astronomers at Harvard University have discovered a monolithic, wave-shaped gaseous structure - the largest... more
China launches gigantic telescope in hunt for life beyond earth  REUTERS · 1 week
China on Saturday officially opened operations of the world's largest radio telescope, which it will use... more
TESS Shows Ancient North Star Undergoes Eclipses  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Astronomers using data from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have shown that Alpha Draconis, a well-studied star visible to the naked... more
Hubble Uses Quadruple-Image Gravitational Lenses to Capture Small-Scale Clumps of Dark Matter  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
According to the widely-accepted ‘cold dark matter’ theory, all galaxies are embedded within clouds of dark matter. Dark matter itself consists of slow-moving particles... more
A stripped helium star solves the massive black hole mystery  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Recently, a Chinese team of astronomers claimed to have discovered a black hole as massive as 70 solar masses, which, if confirmed, would severely challenge the current view... more
Stellar black holes: When David poses as Goliath  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Stellar black holes form when massive stars end their life in a dramatic collapse. Observations have shown that stellar black holes typically have masses of about ten times that of the Sun,... more
NASA's Lucy mission confirms discovery of Eurybates satellite  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA's Lucy mission team is seeing double after discovering that Eurybates, the asteroid the spacecraft has targeted for flyby in 2027, has a small satellite. This "bonus" science exploration opportunity for the... more
A Fast Radio Burst Tracked Down to a Nearby Galaxy  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Astronomers in Europe, working with members of Canada's CHIME Fast Radio Burst collaboration, have pinpointed the... more
Simulated Image Demonstrates the Power of NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Imagine a fleet of 100 Hubble Space Telescopes, deployed in a strategic space-invader-shaped array a million miles from Earth, scanning the universe at warp... more
X-ray and optical view of the Perseus galaxy cluster  ESA · 1 week
Image: This image shows the Perseus galaxy cluster – one of the most massive known objects in the... more
X-ray and optical view of the Coma galaxy cluster  ESA · 1 week
Image: This image shows the bright, nearby, and massive Coma galaxy cluster in X-ray and optical light, as seen... more
Repeating Fast Radio Burst Localized to Massive Spiral Galaxy  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers have pinpointed the source galaxy of the fast radio burst known as FRB 180916.J0158+65 (FRB 180916 for... more
Astronomers Find 9,000-Light-Year-Long Wave-Shaped Structure in Milky Way  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Using data from ESA’s Gaia star-mapping spacecraft, a team of astronomers from Austria and the United States has discovered a... more
Stellar heavy metals can trace history of galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers have cataloged signs of nine heavy metals in the infrared light from supergiant and giant stars. New observations based on this catalog will help researchers to understand how events like binary... more
Hubble detects smallest known dark matter clumps  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When searching for dark matter, astronomers must go on a sort of "ghost hunt." That's because dark matter is an invisible substance that cannot be seen directly. Yet it makes up the bulk of... more
Cosmic magnifying glasses yield independent measure of universe's expansion  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
People use the phrAse "holy cow" to express excitement. Playing with that phrase, researchers from an international collaboration developed an acronym—H0LiCOW—for their project's name that expresses the excitement over their... more
Goldilocks stars are best places to look for life  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
To date astronomers have discovered over 4,000 planets orbiting other stars. Statistically, there should be over 100 billion planets in our Milky Way galaxy. They come in a wide range... more
Stellar heavy metals can trace history of galaxies  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Astronomers have cataloged signs of 9 heavy metals in the infrared light from supergiant and giant stars. more
NEID exoplanet instrument sees first light  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The new NEID instrument, now installed at the 3.5-meter WIYN telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Southern Arizona, USA, has made its first observations. The NSF-NASA funded instrument is designed to measure the motion of... more
SpaceX, astronomers working to address brightness of Starlink satellites  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
SpaceX says it’s committed to working with the astronomy community to address the brightness of its Starlink satellites,... more
Hubble detects smallest known dark matter clumps  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and a new observing technique, astronomers have found that dark matter forms much smaller clumps than previously known. This result confirms one of the fundamental predictions of the widely... more
Hubble Telescope Surveys Gigantic Galaxy  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
To kickstart the 30th anniversary year of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble has imaged a majestic spiral galaxy. Galaxy UGC 2885 may be the largest... more
SOFIA Maps Most Energetic Portion of Milky Way  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers using the Faint Object Infrared Camera for the SOFIA Telescope (FORCAST) instrument onboard NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy... more
Earth-Sized Exoplanet Found in Habitable Zone around Red Dwarf  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, the agency’s Spitzer Space Telescope and other facilities, astronomers have discovered a... more
Cosmic bubbles reveal the first stars  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers have identified several overlapping bubbles of hydrogen gas ionized by the stars in early galaxies, a mere 680 million years after the Big Bang. This is the earliest direct evidence from the period when the... more
Black hole transient GRS 1716−249 investigated in hard and intermediate states  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers have investigated a black hole transient known as GRS 1716−249 with NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). The new study provides crucial insights into properties... more
TESS Discovers Its First Circumbinary Planet: TOI-1338b  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have discovered a massive exoplanet orbiting two stars in the TOI-1338 system. TOI-1338 is... more
The Milky Way's impending galactic collision is already birthing new stars  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The outskirts of the Milky Way are home to the galaxy's oldest stars. But astronomers have spotted something unexpected in this celestial retirement community: a flock... more
New map of Milky Way reveals giant wave of stellar nurseries  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers at Harvard University have discovered a monolithic, wave-shaped gaseous structure—the largest ever seen in our galaxy—made up of interconnected stellar nurseries. Dubbed the "Radcliffe wave"... more
Astronomers uncover first world with two stars  nanowerk · 2 weeks
The TOI 1338 system lies 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Pictor. The two stars orbit each other every 15 days. One is about 10% more massive than our Sun, while the other is... more
Binary star V Sagittae will explode as a very bright 'nova' by century's end  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The faint star V Sagittae, V Sge, in the constellation Sagitta, is barely visible, even in mid-sized telescopes. However, around... more
JWST remains on schedule for March 2021 launch  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Despite a limited amount of schedule reserve remaining, both NASA and Northrop Grumman are cautiously optimistic that the James Webb... more
Surprise! TESS shows Alpha Draconis undergoes eclipses  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers using data from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have shown that Alpha Draconis, a well-studied star visible to the naked eye, and its fainter companion star regularly eclipse each other. While astronomers... more
Binary star V Sagittae to explode as very bright nova by century's end  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Currently, the faint star V Sagittae, V Sge, in the constellation Sagitta, is barely visible, even in mid-sized telescopes. However, around the... more
Hubble surveys gigantic galaxy  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: To kickstart the 30th anniversary year of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble has imaged a majestic spiral galaxy. Galaxy UGC 2885 may be the largest known... more
Famous black hole has jet pushing cosmic speed limit  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration released the first image of a black hole with observations of the massive, dark object at the center of Messier 87, or M87, last April.... more
NASA planet hunter finds its first earth-size habitable-zone world  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered its first Earth-size planet in its star's habitable zone, the range of distances where conditions may be just right to allow the... more
Astronomers find wandering massive black holes in dwarf galaxies  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Astronomers seeking to learn about the mechanisms that formed massive black holes in the early history of the Universe have gained important new clues with the discovery of 13 such... more
Fast radio burst observations deepen astronomical mystery  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Astronomers have pinpointed the origin of a repeating Fast Radio Burst to a nearby spiral galaxy, challenging theories on the unknown source of these pulses. more
In a nearby galaxy, a fast radio burst unravels more questions than answers  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
For more than a decade, astronomers across the globe have wrestled with the perplexities of fast radio bursts—intense, unexplained cosmic flashes of... more
Astronomers spot distant galaxy group driving ancient cosmic makeover  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers have found the farthest galaxy group identified to date. Called EGS77, the trio of galaxies dates to a time when the universe was only 680 million years old, or... more
A fast radio burst tracked down to a nearby galaxy  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers have pinpointed the location of a repeating fast radio burst. The breakthrough is only the second time that scientists have determined the precise location of a repeating... more
NASA's Hubble surveys gigantic galaxy  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
This majestic spiral galaxy might earn the nickname the 'Godzilla galaxy' because it may be the largest known in the local universe. The galaxy, UGC 2885, is 2.5 times wider than our Milky Way and contains 10 times... more
Astronomers find wandering massive black holes in dwarf galaxies  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Studies with the VLA indicate that roughly half of the massive black holes in dwarf galaxies are not in the centers of those galaxies. This gives astronomers new insights into... more
TESS Catches Superflares from 400 Solar-Type Stars  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have detected 1,216 superflare events on 400 solar-type stars. One of these stars, called... more
Glitch detected in the pulsar PSR J0908−4913  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Using the Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope (MOST), astronomers have detected a glitch in the radio pulsar PSR J0908−4913. The finding, detailed in a paper published December 18 on the arXiv preprint server, could be... more
Image: Hubble sights galaxy's celestial sequins  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
This smattering of celestial sequins is a spiral galaxy named NGC 4455, located in the northern constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair). This might sound like an odd name for a constellation—and in fact it is... more
Simulated image demonstrates the power of NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Imagine a fleet of 100 Hubble Space Telescopes, deployed in a strategic space-invader-shaped array a million miles from Earth, scanning the universe at warp... more
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