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Scientists Figure Out How Accumulating Dust Particles Become Planets  ASTRO WATCH · 6 hours
Scientists may have figured out how dust particles can stick together to form planets, according to a Rutgers... more
Researchers discover exoplanets can be made less habitable by stars' flares  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
The discovery of terrestrial exoplanets, planets that orbit stars outside the solar system, has been one of the most significant developments in modern astronomy. Several exoplanets... more
Russian Astrophysicists Discovered a Neutron Star with an Unusual Magnetic Field Structure  ASTRO WATCH · 24 hours
Scientists from Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology, Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI), and Pulkovo Observatory discovered a unique... more
How does our Milky Way galaxy get its spiral form?  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A question that has long puzzled scientists is how our Milky Way galaxy which has an elegant spiral shape with long arms, took this form. more
Explaining the Tiger Stripes of Enceladus  ASTRO WATCH · 1 day
Saturn's tiny, frozen moon Enceladus is a strange place. Just 300 miles across, the moon is thought to have an outer shell of ice... more
Punching holes in opaque solar cells turns them transparent  nanowerk · 2 days
Researchers have found an effective and inexpensive strategy to transform solar cells from opaque to transparent. more
Free-Floating Planet-Mass Objects are Common in Galaxies  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
Using a technique called quasar microlensing, a team of astronomers at the University of Oklahoma has detected populations of free-floating planet-mass objects... more
RIT and IAR observe pulsars for the first time from South America  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Rochester Institute of Technology and the Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía (IAR) have collaborated to make the first pulsar observations from South America. more
Freestanding microwire-array enables flexible solar window  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
TSCs are emerging devices that combine the advantages of visible transparency and light-to-electricity conversion. One of the valuable prospective applications of such devices is their integration into buildings, vehicles, or portable electronics. Therefore, colour-perception and flexibility... more
Gemini North Telescope Captures Stunning Galaxy Collision  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
Astronomers working at the NSF-supported Gemini Observatory have captured a new photo of interacting spiral galaxies NGC 5394 and NGC 5395, collectively... more
Breathable atmospheres may be more common in the universe than we first thought  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The existence of habitable alien worlds has been a mainstay of popular culture for more than a century. In the 19th century,... more
Freestanding microwire-array enables flexible solar window  nanowerk · 2 days
Transparent solar cells (TSC) are emerging device that combines the benefits of visible transparency and electricity generation. Scientist have developed a new-concepted TSC consisting of freestanding Si microwire-arrays and transparent polymer matrix with tunable transparency and... more
Image: Hubble views galaxy's dazzling display  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
NGC 3175 is located around 50 million light-years away in the constellation of Antlia (the Air Pump). The galaxy can be seen slicing across the frame in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, with... more
Watch Cheops launch live  ESA · 2 days
Tune in to ESA Web TV from  08:30 GMT (09:30 CET) Tuesday 17 December to watch ESA’s exoplanet mission soar into space on a Soyuz-Fregat rocket from Europe’s... more
Astronomers discover two new galaxy protoclusters  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Using Keck Observatory in Hawaii, astronomers have detected two new protoclusters of galaxies embedded in primordial superclusters. The research paper presenting the discovery and providing basic information about the newfound objects was published December 3 on... more
NASA's Juno navigators enable Jupiter cyclone discovery  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Jupiter's south pole has a new cyclone. The discovery of the massive Jovian tempest occurred on Nov. 3, 2019, during the most recent data-gathering flyby of Jupiter by NASA's Juno spacecraft. It was the... more
Researchers participate in study that adds new detail to merger models  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Scientists are getting better at modeling the complex tangle of physics properties at play in one of the most powerful events in the known universe: the... more
Hubble Team Releases New Photos of Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have captured two new images of 2I/Borisov, the first known interstellar... more
A galactic dance  nanowerk · 2 days
Galaxies lead a graceful existence on cosmic timescales. Over millions of years, they can engage in elaborate dances that produce some of Nature's most exquisite and striking grand designs. Few are as captivating as the galactic duo known as NGC... more
Image: The galactic dance of NGC 5394 and NGC 5395  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
"Everything is determined by forces over which we have no control... Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance... more
Interstellar comet 2I/Borisov swings past sun  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
When astronomers see something in the universe that at first glance seems like one-of-a-kind, it's bound to stir up a lot of excitement and attention. Enter comet 2I/Borisov. This mysterious visitor from the depths of space... more
First identified comet to visit our solar system from another star  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Comet 2I/Borisov is a mysterious visitor from the depths of space -- the first identified comet to arrive here from another star. Hubble images capture the... more
Annihilating Dark Matter May Lurk in Milky Way’s Center  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
Gamma rays — the most energetic waves in the electromagnetic spectrum — are typically produced by the hottest,... more
Interstellar comet 2I/Borisov swings past sun  nanowerk · 3 days
This mysterious visitor from the depths of space is the first identified comet to arrive here from another star. We don't know from where or when the comet started heading toward our Sun, but it won't... more
New technology improves gravitational wave detectors by cutting quantum noise  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Physicists have successfully developed a new instrument that significantly reduces quantum-level noise that has thus far limited experiments' ability to spot gravitational waves. Collisions between massive black holes... more
New Instrument Extends LIGO’s Reach  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
Just a year ago, the National Science Foundation-funded Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, was picking up whispers of gravitational waves every month or so. Now,... more
NASA's NICER delivers best-ever pulsar measurements, first surface map  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Astrophysicists are redrawing the textbook image of pulsars, the dense, whirling remains of exploded stars, thanks to NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), an X-ray telescope aboard the International... more
Looking for Exoplanet Life in All the Right Spectra  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
A Cornell University senior has come up with a way to discern life on exoplanets loitering in other... more
Research group confirm planet-mass objects in extragalactic systems  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A University of Oklahoma research group is reporting the detection of extragalactic planet-mass objects in a second and third galaxy beyond the Milky Way after the first detection in 2018. With the... more
Planet-mass objects in extragalactic systems  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
A research group is reporting the detection of extragalactic planet-mass objects in a second and third galaxy beyond the Milky Way after the first detection in 2018. With the existing observational resources, it is impossible to directly detect... more
Astronomers confirm planet-mass objects in extragalactic systems  nanowerk · 3 days
Astronomers are reporting the detection of extragalactic planet-mass objects in a second and third galaxy beyond the Milky Way after the first detection in 2018. With the existing observational resources, it is impossible to... more
Merging Pair of Dusty Star-Forming Galaxies Spotted 13 Billion Light-Years Away  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international team of astronomers has spotted... more
Study unveils new nonlinear dynamics of spinning bosonic stars  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Although researchers have been studying dark matter and trying to observe it, its nature is a longstanding scientific mystery. The standard cosmological model suggests that approximately one-quarter of cosmological energy... more
Best of Last Year: The top Phys.org articles of 2019  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
It was a great year for research of all kinds as a team of astronomers from around the globe delivered the first photo of a black hole. Over... more
The return to Venus and what it means for Earth  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Sue Smrekar really wants to go back to Venus. In her office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the planetary scientist displays a 30-year-old image of... more
'Lost' Iron Meteorites May Lurk Beneath Antarctic Ice. Scientists on Quest to Find Them.  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
Scientists are scouring the remote Antarctic ice cap for rare meteorites chock-full of iron and holding secrets to the history... more
Revealing the physics of the sun with Parker Solar Probe  nanowerk · 3 days
Nearly a year and a half into its mission, Parker Solar Probe has returned gigabytes of data on the Sun and its atmosphere. Following the release of the... more
Is there dark matter at the center of the Milky Way?  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
MIT physicists are reigniting the possibility, which they previously had snuffed out, that a bright burst of gamma rays at the center of our galaxy may... more
NRL-camera aboard NASA spacecraft confirms asteroid phenomenon  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A U.S. Naval Research Laboratory-built camera mounted on the NASA Parker Solar Probe revealed an asteroid dust trail that has eluded astronomers for decades. more
NASA to buy more commercial Earth observation data  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
NASA will seek continued access to Earth observation data gathered by commercial satellite constellations after a pilot program proved the... more
Revealing the physics of the Sun with Parker Solar Probe  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Nearly a year and a half into its mission, Parker Solar Probe has returned gigabytes of data on the Sun and its atmosphere. Following the release of the... more
Punching holes in opaque solar cells turns them transparent  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Researchers in Korea have found an effective and inexpensive strategy to transform solar cells from opaque to transparent. Existing transparent solar cells tend to have a reddish hue and lower... more
Water Vapor is Common in Atmospheres of Extrasolar Gas Giants, Study Shows  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
In a study published recently in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, a team of astronomers analyzed spectroscopic atmospheric data from 19 exoplanets, ranging in size... more
Mid-Holocene Northern Hemisphere warming driven by Arctic amplification  Science Magazine · 4 days
The Holocene thermal maximum was characterized by strong summer solar heating that substantially increased the summertime temperature relative to preindustrial climate. However, the summer warming was compensated by weaker winter insolation, and... more
ALMA spots most distant dusty galaxy hidden in plain sight  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Astronomers have spotted the light of a massive galaxy seen only 970 million years after the Big Bang. This galaxy, called MAMBO-9, is the most distant dusty star-forming... more
Astronomers spot most distant dusty galaxy hidden in plain sight  nanowerk · 4 days
Astronomers have spotted the light of a massive galaxy seen only 970 million years after the Big Bang. This galaxy, called MAMBO-9, is the most distant dusty star-forming... more
Is there dark matter at the center of the Milky Way?  nanowerk · 4 days
A new analysis puts dark matter back in the game as a possible source of energy excess at the galactic center. more
ALMA spots most distant dusty galaxy hidden in plain sight  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have spotted the light of a massive galaxy seen only 970 million years after the Big Bang. This galaxy, called... more
Magnetic Fields Play Important Role in Shaping Spiral Galaxies  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
New infrared observations from NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) of Messier 77, a spiral galaxy located... more
A new way to measure cosmic black holes  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Supermassive black holes are the largest black holes, with masses that can exceed a billion Suns. Just this spring, the first-ever image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the... more
X-ray satellite XMM-Newton celebrates 20 years in space  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Two decades ago, on Dec. 10, 1999, an Ariane 5 rocket climbed into the morning sky from Kourou, French Guiana. It carried into orbit the X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton), the largest scientific... more
Water common - yet scarce - in exoplanets  nanowerk · 4 days
The most extensive survey of atmospheric chemical compositions of exoplanets to date has revealed trends that challenge current theories of planet formation and has implications for the search for water in the... more
Water common—yet scarce—in exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The most extensive survey of atmospheric chemical compositions of exoplanets to date has revealed trends that challenge current theories of planet formation and has implications for the search for water in the solar system and beyond. more
Christmas reflection  ESA · 5 days
Image: The Christmas tree is up at ESA’s ESTEC technical heart in the Netherlands, seen here reflected in the main mirror of a tenth scale model of the NASA-ESA-CSA James Webb Space Telescope.The Christmas... more
Is there dark matter at the center of the Milky Way?  MIT · 5 days
A new analysis puts dark matter back in the game as a possible source of energy excess at the galactic center. more
X17 Particle Might Solve Mystery of Dark Matter  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Professor Attila Krasznahorkay and his colleagues at ATOMKI (the Institute of Nuclear Research in Debrecen, Hungary) recently published a paper... more
Silver improves the efficiency of monograin layer solar cells  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
As a result of their two-year joint project, the materials researchers of Tallinn University of Technology have improved the efficiency of next generation solar cells by partial substitution of copper... more
Enceladus’ Tiger Stripes Finally Explained  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Saturn’s 300-mile- (500 km) diameter moon Enceladus is thought to have an outer ice shell covering a liquid water ocean. Slashed across the moon’s south pole... more
How did supermassive black holes grow so fast?  nanowerk · 5 days
Black holes in the early universe pose a bit of a problem. Based on observations from telescopes on Earth and in space, we know that some black holes grew to be a... more
New aluminum hydroxide stable at extremely high pressure  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A new hydrous phase, ε-AlOOH, was observed to be stable at pressures above 200 GPa. The stability of ε-AlOOH at extremely high pressures may affect the modeling results of the internal structure... more
The X17 factor: A particle new to physics might solve the dark matter mystery  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A team of scientists in Hungary recently published a paper that hints at the existence of a previously unknown subatomic... more
A new way to regulate gene expression  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Sometimes, unexpected research results are simply due to experimental error. Other times, it's the opposite—the scientists have uncovered a new phenomenon that reveals an even more accurate portrayal of our bodies and our universe,... more
Cheops: The Hunt for Exoplanets  ESA · 5 days
Video: 00:03:00 A powerful space telescope, due for launch from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on 17 December 2019, will give scientists a new insight into... more
Call for Media: Cheops launch to study exoplanets  ESA · 5 days
Press Release N° 24–2019 Cheops, ESA’s ‘Characterising Exoplanet Satellite’, is scheduled to be launched on a Soyuz-Fregat rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 09:54 CET on 17 December 2019. Representatives... more
Astrophysicists discovered a neutron star with an unusual magnetic field structure  nanowerk · 6 days
Scientists discovered a unique neutron star, the magnetic field of which is apparent only when the star is seen under a certain angle relative to the... more
Very Large Telescope Takes Close Look at Emission Nebula RCW 36  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
Using the Focal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph (FORS) instrument on ESO’s Very Large... more
Explaining the tiger stripes of Saturn's moon Enceladus  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Slashed across the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus are four straight, parallel fissures or 'tiger stripes' from which water erupts. These fissures aren't quite like anything else in the Solar System.... more
A neutron star with an unusual magnetic field structure  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Scientists from Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology, Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI), and Pulkovo Observatory discovered a unique neutron star, the magnetic field of... more
Scientists show point defects in cathode crystals may speed lithium absorption  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Here's a case where detours speed up traffic. The result may be better batteries for transportation, electronics and solar energy storage. more
Astronomers find further evidence for a population of dark matter deficient dwarf galaxies  nanowerk · 6 days
Astronomers have found a special population of dwarf galaxies that could mainly consist baryons within radii of up to tens of thousands... more
Image: Hubble spots galaxy's dramatic details  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Some of the most dramatic events in the universe occur when certain stars die—and explode catastrophically in the process. more
SN Now: The final installment of SCaN Now  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA satellites, no matter the destination, have to communicate their data to mission control and scientists on Earth. These missions capture extraordinary data that make communications an essential part of each mission:... more
TOI 813b: Saturn-Sized Exoplanet Found Orbiting Subgiant Star  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
Citizen scientists from the Planet Hunters TESS (PHT) project have discovered a Saturn-sized planet orbiting around TOI 813, a bright... more
IRAS 18379–1707 is a metal-poor high-velocity star, observations find  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Astronomers have conducted high-resolution spectroscopic observations of IRAS 18379–1707 (or LS 5112), a candidate post-asymptotic giant branch (post-AGB) star in the Milky Way galaxy. Results of the observations provide more... more
Researchers develop new method to remove dust on solar panels  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Taking a cue from the self-cleaning properties of the lotus leaf, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have shed new light on microscopic forces and mechanisms that... more
XMM-Newton’s 20th anniversary in space  ESA · 6 days
Image: On 10 December, ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray space observatory is celebrating its 20th launch anniversary. In those two decades, the observatory has supplied a constant stream... more
How did supermassive black holes grow so fast?  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Black holes in the early universe pose a bit of a problem. Based on observations from telescopes on Earth and in space, we know that some black holes grew to be a... more
Detecting Solar Flares, More in Real Time  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Computers can learn to find solar flares and other events in vast streams of solar images and help NOAA forecasters issue timely... more
Gas Giant Composition Not Determined By Host Star  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
A surprising analysis of the composition of gas giant exoplanets and their host stars shows that there isn't a strong... more
Nobel laureate: Face up to climate change, no escaping Earth (Update)  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
An astronomer who shares this year's Nobel physics prize for discovering a planet outside the Earth's solar system is taking issue with people who shrug off... more
Dial-a-frog -- researchers develop the 'FrogPhone' to remotely call frogs in the wild  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have developed the 'FrogPhone', a novel device which allows scientists to call up a frog survey site and monitor them in... more
How to build a 3D map of the universe - and why  nanowerk · 1 week
Because we don't know what?s pushing the universe outward ever more quickly, 'dark energy' is scientists? shorthand for the mysterious process. To understand the... more
Dial-a-frog: Researchers develop the 'FrogPhone' to remotely call frogs in the wild  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers have developed the 'FrogPhone', a novel device which allows scientists to call up a frog survey site and monitor them in the wild.... more
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