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Most distant massive galaxy cluster identified

Formed in the first 4 billion years of the universe, cluster is 1,000 times more massive than the Milky Way.

The cluster, named IDCS J1426.5+3508, is the most massive cluster of galaxies yet discovered in the first 4 billion year…

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Scientists get first glimpse of black hole eating star, ejecting high-speed flare

Johns Hopkins astrophysicist leads team observing 'extremely rare' event

An international team of astrophysicists led by a Johns Hopkins University scientist has for the first time witnessed a …

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BL Lacertae – the hottest hearth in space

Radio astronomers gaze deep into the heart of an active galaxy

Microwave radiation is emitted from the direct vicinity of the black hole. This radiation was the focus of a combination…

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Strong magnetic fields discovered in majority of stars

Finding to impact understanding of stellar evolution.

A group of astronomers led by the University of Sydney has discovered strong magnetic fields are common in stars, not ra…

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Cosmic glasses for space exploration

How are asteroids and planets formed from stony particles? This question is being explored in an experiment by scientist…

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Powerhouse crab pulsar

MAGIC telescopes detect extremely energetic photons

With the help of the MAGIC telescopes, scientists have discovered photons — that is, particles of light — with energy ma…

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The habitability of other worlds

New methods allow precise measurements of the gravity of stars and the size of exoplanets

A team of scientists have developed a new method which can be used to determine the gravity on the surface of distant st…

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Quiet quasar has apparently eaten its fill

Astronomers with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey announced that a distant quasar ran out of gas. Their conclusions, reporte…

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Galactic merger reveals an unusual star-deprived black hole

The recently discovered black hole, which does not have the expected number of stars surrounding it, could provide new i…

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Mysterious radio signals from space test Einstein's General Relativity theory

The new method is considered to be a significant tribute to Einstein on the 100th anniversary of his first formulation o…

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Quasar outburst revises understanding of universe, quasars

‘Spectacular’ outburst let astronomers measure density of photon fog between Earth and quasar, and distance between black hole and gamma ray emission it drives

Very energetic gamma rays are easily knocked off by visible light, the light from galaxies and stars that fills intergal…

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Exoplanet atmospheres range from clear to cloudy in survey of 'hot Jupiters'

Missing water mystery solved by comprehensive comparative study of exoplanets

A survey of 10 hot, Jupiter-sized exoplanets conducted with NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes has enabled scien…

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Stanford astronomers observe the birth of an alien planet

The newly found 'protoplanet' is 450 light years away, but observing how it collects matter and grows could answer some of the biggest questions concerning how our solar system formed.

The planet is forming in a transition disk, a doughnut-like ring of dust and rocky debris orbiting its parent star, LkCa…

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Novel Morgridge technology may illuminate mystery moon caves

It’s widely believed that the moon features networks of caves created when violent lava flows tore under the surface fro…

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Super stormy star discovery has implications for life on other planets

The discovery of a tiny new super stormy star could have major implications for the search for habitable planets outside…

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Telescopes capture black hole destroying star

A black hole tore apart a star that got too close and a trio of orbiting X-ray telescopes captured the action. This clos…

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New Insights into Solar Flares

Astronomers have made a significant step toward confirming a proposed explanation for how solar flares accelerate charge…

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New Research Finds Cosmic Clumpy Donut Around Black Hole

New research has revealed that the thick donut-shaped disks of gas and dust that surround most massive black holes in th…

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The Northern sky in the light of neutral hydrogen

Radio astronomers present the Effelsberg-Bonn HI-Survey

Hydrogen is THE ELEMENT of the universe. Consisting of a single proton and an electron it is the simplest and most abund…

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Dispatches from the middle ages of the universe

MAGIC telescopes measure gamma radiation from a remote galaxy

For the first time, scientists have observed gamma radiation from a well-known distant galaxy. In the center of the acti…

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