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Turning the Moon into a cosmic ray detector

Scientists from the University of Southampton are to turn the Moon into a giant particle detector to help understand the…

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Carolina’s Laura Mersini-Houghton shows that black holes do not exist

The term black hole is entrenched in the English language. Can we let it go?

Black holes have long captured the public imagination and been the subject of popular culture, from Star Trek to Hollywo…

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Supersized black hole found in ultra small galaxy

A supermassive black hole discovered in an ultracompact dwarf galaxy has prompted researchers to question if similar mas…

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Igniting a supernova explosion

High-energy observations with the INTEGRAL space observatory have revealed a surprising signal of gamma-rays from the su…

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The Coolest Known White Dwarf: A Diamond in the Sky?

A team of astronomers has identified possibly the coldest, faintest white dwarf star ever detected. This ancient stellar…

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PPPL scientists take key step toward solving a major astrophysical mystery

Magnetic reconnection in the Earth and sun's atmospheres can trigger geomagnetic storms that disrupt cell phone service,…

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Evidence of forming planet discovered 335 light years from Earth

An international team of scientists led by a Clemson University astrophysicist has discovered new evidence that planets …

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First LOFAR observations of the “Whirlpool Galaxy”

Using a radio telescope with frequencies just above those of commercial FM radio stations, a European team of astronomer…

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News from Jupiter-like planets: it's drier than we thought

"These results challenge our current understanding of planet formation"

A team of astronomers has made the most precise measurements yet of water vapour in the atmospheres of Jupiter-like plan…

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What lit up the universe?

New research from UCL shows we will soon uncover the origin of the ultraviolet light that bathes the cosmos, helping sci…

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“Smoking gun” evidence for theory that Saturn’s collapsing magnetic tail causes auroras

Saturn’s auroras are caused by the same phenomenon which leads to dramatic auroral displays on Earth, University of Leicester research shows

University of Leicester researchers have captured stunning images of Saturn’s auroras as the planet’s magnetic field is …

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A Hotspot for Powerful Cosmic Rays

PHYSICISTS A STEP CLOSER TO FINDING MYSTERIOUS SOURCES

An observatory run by the University of Utah found a hotspot beneath the Big Dipper emitting a disproportionate number o…

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Laser-wielding robot probes exoplanet systems

Laser adaptive optics systems are used by terrestrial telescopes to remove the image-blurring effects of Earth’s turbule…

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Light Pulses Illuminate a Rare Black Hole

UMD and NASA astronomers track an intermediate-mass black hole from syncopated flares of light

The universe has so many black holes that it's impossible to count them all. There may be 100 million of these intriguin…

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Cassini finds 101 geysers and more on icy Saturn moon

Their results, including the possibility that liquid water may be reaching all the way to the surface, are presented in …

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Follow the radio waves to exomoons, UT Arlington physicists say

Scientists hunting for life beyond Earth have discovered more than 1,800 planets outside our solar system, or exoplanets…

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Astronomers discover two new ancient worlds in galaxy next-door

Two new planets orbiting a very old star in our nearby galaxy, known as Kapteyn’s star, are reported in a new study by a…

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Funding approval a big step forward for Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

With a key funding approval, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, an international astronomy project of which the Univer…

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How do you feed a hungry quasar? With a ‘super boost,’ scientists say

For years, scientists have tried to explain the intense luminosity of quasars in the early universe. Quasars’ light is p…

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Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets

The three planets, HD 189733b, HD 209458b, and WASP-12b, are between 60 and 900 light-years away. These giant gaseous wo…

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