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Black hole caught burping a rare X-ray flare

A NASA satellite controlled by Penn State University has detected a brief, super-bright, high-energy flare -- an X-ray n…

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Pluto's Moons Seen in Highest Detail Yet

New UMD study provides an exciting preview in advance of New Horizons flyby

Much ink has been spilled over Pluto’s reclassification as a dwarf planet. And yet, such discussions have not diminished…

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Discovering a New Stage in the Galactic Lifecycle

On its own, dust seems fairly unremarkable. However, by observing the clouds of gas and dust within a galaxy, astronomer…

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Roadmap to the Stars

With a grant from NASA, physics professor Philip Lubin will investigate the possibility of using directed energy propulsion for interstellar travel

A laser-powered wafer-thin spacecraft capable of reaching Alpha Centauri in 20 years may sound like the stuff of science…

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A first: Exoplanet smaller than Earth gets its size and mass measured

A team of astronomers has measured the mass and size of a Mars-sized planet orbiting a red dwarf star about 200 light ye…

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Scientists find methane in Mars meteorites

An international team of researchers has discovered traces of methane in Martian meteorites, a possible clue in the sear…

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EXTINGUISHING THE BLACK HOLE FIREWALL PARADOX

Adami’s latest research on black holes and what happens to quantum information will once again dramatically change the w…

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Similarities between aurorae on Mars and Earth

An international team of researchers has for the first time predicted the occurrence of aurorae visible to the naked eye on a planet other than Earth.

The result was achieved through numerical simulation and a laboratory experiment, called the Planeterrella, used to simu…

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Cause of galactic death: strangulation

Astronomers have partially solved an epic whodunit: what kills galaxies so that they can no longer produce new stars?

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Royal Observatory Edinburgh have found that levels of metals contai…

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Sharp-eyed Alma spots a flare on famous red giant star

Super-sharp observations with the telescope Alma have revealed what seems to be a gigantic flare on the surface of Mira,…

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SUPERNOVAS HELP ‘CLEAN’ GALAXIES

Supernovas just might be the cleaning service of the universe. It seems these explosions that mark the end of

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Violent methane storms on Titan may solve dune direction mystery

With its thick, hazy atmosphere and surface rivers, mountains, lakes and dunes, Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is one of …

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Ground-breaking findings reveal new insights into the death of stars

DTU researchers have helped design a telescopic mirror system used to detect an asymmetric supernova explosion which occ…

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Dusty substructure in a galaxy far far away

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics have combined high-resolution images from the ALMA telescopes wi…

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Astronomers unveil the farthest galaxy

The team discovered an exceptionally luminous galaxy more than 13 billion years in the past and determined its exact dis…

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Giant gorging black holes may explain rapid growth of infant universe

A group of unusual giant black holes may be consuming excessive amounts of matter, according to a new study using

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Pulsing Light May Indicate Supermassive Black Hole Merger

UMD study reveals more about gravitational dance of two black holes becoming one

As two galaxies enter the final stages of merging, scientists have theorized that the galaxies’ supermassive black holes…

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New exoplanet too big for its stars

The host star of the latest exoplanet, HATS-6, is classed as an M-dwarf, which is one of the most numerous types of star…

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Huge cosmic collisions could help identify dark matter

Dark matter interacts with itself even less than previously thought, narrowing down the options for what this mysterious…

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New discovery sheds light on black holes

An X-ray telescope has, for the first time, observed powerful energy-rich winds emitted from black holes, providing new …

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