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Newborn giant planet grazes its star

An international team of astronomers has announced the discovery of a very young hot Jupiter orbiting in the immediate v…

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Dormant Black Hole Eats Star, Becomes X-Ray Beacon

UMD Astronomers Catch X-Rays Released by Black Hole as it Swallows a Star

Roughly 90 percent of the biggest black holes in the known universe are dormant, meaning that they are not actively devo…

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Surprising origin of Milky Way's ancient core

The astronomers studied a well known and ancient class of star, called RR Lyrae variables, found only in stellar populat…

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Citizen scientists discover huge galaxy cluster

Two volunteer astronomers have had a galaxy cluster named after them after finding the galaxy in an international citize…

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‘Wasteful’ galaxies launch heavy elements into surrounding halos and deep space, CU-Boulder study finds

Spiral galaxies like the Milky Way actively form stars and have a blueish color while elliptical galaxies have little st…

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Number of habitable planets could be limited by stifling atmospheres

New research has revealed that fewer than predicted planets may be capable of harbouring life because their atmospheres …

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Astronomers confirm faintest early-universe galaxy ever seen

The researchers made the discovery using an effect called gravitational lensing to see the incredibly faint object, whic…

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First evidence of icy comets orbiting a sun-like star

Astronomers have found the first evidence of comets around a star similar to the sun, providing an opportunity to study …

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Supernova reserve fuel tank clue to big parents

The discovery gives important new clues about the causes of Type Ia supernovae, which astronomers use to measure vast di…

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Space Mission First to Observe Key Interaction Between Magnetic Fields of Earth and Sun

NASA mission, with help from UMD physicists, is first to observe how magnetic reconnection takes place, a critical step in understanding space weather

A new study provides the first major results of NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, including an unprecedented loo…

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Measuring a Black Hole 660 Million Times as Massive as Our Sun

Findings by Rutgers and other scientists could help shed light on how galaxies and their supermassive black holes form

Research suggests that the growth of galaxies and the growth of their black holes are coordinated. And if

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New 3-D printing process could lead to construction on Mars and the moon

USC Viterbi professor’s invention uses lunar and Martian dust to develop material for a zero-gravity environment

Using synthetic material created by the Johnson Space Center that mirrors the existing gravel and material available on …

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Winds a quarter the speed of light spotted leaving mysterious binary systems

Astronomers have observed two black holes in nearby galaxies devouring their companion stars at an extremely high rate, …

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Proof that ancient supernovae zapped Earth sparks hunt for aftereffects

This research essentially proves that certain events happened in the not-too-distant past

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Caught for the First Time: the Early Flash of an Exploding Star

The science team analyzed light that had been captured by Kepler every 30 minutes over a three-year period and covering …

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Macquarie astronomer designs NASA’s next generation spectrograph to search for habitable worlds around other stars

NEID also is short for “NN-EXPLORE Exoplanet Investigations with Doppler Spectroscopy.” NEID will detect planets by the …

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Map of rocky exoplanet reveals a lava world

The most detailed map of a small, rocky ‘super Earth’ to date reveals a planet almost completely covered by lava, with a molten ‘hot’ side and solid ‘cool’ side.

According to the researchers, conditions on the hot side of the planet are so extreme that it may have caused the atmosp…

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Gold star: Seeking the origin of gold in the universe

By using existing data, often obtained by means of high-performance computing, the researchers were able to simulate pro…

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Solar storms trigger Jupiter’s ‘Northern Lights’

It is the first time that Jupiter’s X-ray aurora has been studied when a giant storm from the Sun has arrived at the pla…

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Rochester scientist discovers new comet

A University of Rochester scientist has discovered a new comet – the first to be discovered by an astronomer associated …

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