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Russian Astrophysicists Discovered a Neutron Star with an Unusual Magnetic Field Structure  ASTRO WATCH · 13 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
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
Hire More LGBTQ and Disabled Astronomers or Risk Falling Behind, Review Finds  ASTRO WATCH · 2 days
Ensuring research opportunities for indigenous, disabled and LGBTQ astronomers is essential if Australian research is to succeed in the new era of "mega-telescopes", a... 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
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
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
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
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
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
Kepler books SpaceX rideshare for LEO satellites  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Kepler Communications on Dec. 11 said it booked 400 kilograms of rideshare capacity with SpaceX  in order to launch an unspecified number... 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
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
NRL-camera aboard NASA spacecraft confirms asteroid phenomenon  PHYS.ORG · 3 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
Woman's Bones Shrank in Rare Case of 'Telescoping Fingers'  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
A rare medical condition caused the bones of a woman's hands and fingers to shrink. 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
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
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
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
Relativistic jet of the blazar S5 0836+710 investigated in detail  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Using very long baseline interferometry (VLBI), astronomers have performed comprehensive multiwavelength observations of the radio emission in the blazar S5 0836+710. The new research, presented in a paper... more
Christmas reflection  ESA · 4 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
Stardust from red giants  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Some of the Earth's building material was stardust from red giants. Astronomers can also explain why the Earth contains more of this stardust than the asteroids or the planet Mars, which are farther from the sun. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hire more LGBTQ and disabled astronomers or risk falling behind, review finds  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Ensuring research opportunities for indigenous, disabled and LGBTQ astronomers is essential if Australian research is to succeed in the new era of "mega-telescopes", a... more
Astronomy fellowship demonstrates measures to dismantle bias, increase diversity in STEM  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In 2017, the Heising-Simons Foundation—a family foundation that works in climate and clean energy, science, education, and human rights—established the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship to support... more
Signs of life: New field guide aids astronomers' search  nanowerk · 1 week
Astronomers have come up with a way to discern life on exoplanets loitering in other cosmic neighborhoods: a spectral field guide. more
New instrument extends LIGO's reach  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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, a new addition to the system is enabling the instruments to detect... more
New clues about the origin of stellar masses  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
An international team led by the Astrophysics Department-AIM Laboratory of CEA-Irfu has just obtained new clues about the origin of star mass distribution, combining observational data from the large interferometer ALMA and... more
Astronomers probe the nature of a peculiar pulsar wind nebula  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Using ESA's XMM-Newton spacecraft, astronomers have investigated the nature of a peculiar pulsar wind nebula (PWN) in the supernova remnant (SNR) CTB 87. Results of the study, presented... more
Astronomers Find Neptune-Like Exoplanet Orbiting White Dwarf  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
A Neptune-like exoplanet orbits an Earth-sized white dwarf star called WD J091405.30+191412.25 (WD J0914 for short) once every 10 days, leaving a... more
Signs of life: New field guide aids astronomers' search  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A senior has come up with a way to discern life on exoplanets loitering in other cosmic neighborhoods: a spectral field guide. more
Evidence of an Alien Planet Spotted Around a White Dwarf, a Cosmic First  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
For the first time ever, astronomers have spotted evidence of a planet circling a superdense stellar corpse known as a white dwarf,... more
First giant planet around white dwarf found  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Researchers using ESO's Very Large Telescope have, for the first time, found evidence of a giant planet associated with a white dwarf star. The planet orbits the hot white dwarf, the remnant of a... more
Exoplanet-hunting mission catches a natural comet outburst in unprecedented detail  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers have captured a clear start-to-finish image sequence of an explosive emission of dust, ice and gases during the close approach of comet 46P/Wirtanen in late 2018. more
Unusual X-ray spectral variability observed in NGC 1313 X-1  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX) in the NGC 1313 galaxy, known as NGC 1313 X-1, showcases an unusual X-ray spectral variability, according to a new study recently conducted by an... more
NASA's exoplanet-hunting mission catches a natural comet outburst in unprecedented detail  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Using data from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), astronomers at the University of Maryland (UMD), in College Park, Maryland, have captured a clear start-to-finish image... more
Gamma-ray binary HESS J0632+057 contains a pulsar, study suggests  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Using NuSTAR spacecraft and the VERITAS array of telescopes, an international team of astronomers has investigated a gamma-ray binary known as HESS J0632+057. The study found that a compact object... more
Astronomers propose a novel method of finding atmospheres on rocky worlds  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When NASA's James Webb Space Telescope launches in 2021, one of its most anticipated contributions to astronomy will be the study of exoplanets—planets orbiting distant stars.... more
Hoag's Object Is a Galaxy Within a Galaxy Within a Galaxy (and Nobody Knows Why)  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Hoag's object, which is a galaxy within a galaxy within a galaxy, has befuddled stargazers since astronomer Arthur... more
Black hole or newborn stars? SOFIA finds galactic puzzle  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Universities Space Research Association (USRA) today announced that scientists on NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) found a strange black hole that is changing its galactic surroundings in a... more
Scientists build a 'Hubble Space Telescope' to study multiple genome sequences  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new tool that simultaneously compares 1.4 million genetic sequences can classify how species are related to each other at far larger scales than previously possible.... more
Solar wind slows farther away from the Sun  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Measurements taken by the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are providing important new insights from some of the farthest reaches of space ever explored. Astronomers now... more
Astronomers propose a novel method of finding atmospheres on rocky worlds  nanowerk · 2 weeks
A team of astronomers proposes a new method of using Webb to determine whether a rocky exoplanet has an atmosphere. The technique, which involves measuring the... more
Image: Hubble detects dynamic galactic duo  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Some galaxies are closer friends than others. While many live their own separate, solitary lives, others stray a little too close to a near neighbor and take their friendship even deeper. more
Astronomers See Stars Slinging Comets at Earth for the First Time  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
For the first time, a Polish group has identified two nearby stars that seem to have plucked up their icy partners, swinging them into orbits around... more
Hubble Space Telescope Observes NGC 5468  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced a spectacularly detailed image of a spiral galaxy called NGC 5468. NGC 5468 is a face-on spiral... more
Will 2020 Be the Year We Find Intelligent Alien Life?  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Is 2020 the celestial payoff year, in which astronomers finally confirm a "technosignature" coming from an advanced alien civilization? more
Ultraluminous X-ray source UGC 6456 ULX investigated in detail  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Russian astronomers have performed a detailed study of one of the ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) in the galaxy UGC 6456. Results of the research, presented in a paper published November... more
Astronomers Find ‘Impossible’ Stellar Black Hole in Milky Way  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
An international team of astronomers has discovered an exceptionally massive black hole of stellar origin with a mass... more
Mapping our galaxy's magnetic field  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers from CSIRO and Curtin University have used pulsars to probe the Milky Way's magnetic field. Working with colleagues in Europe, Canada, and South Africa, they have published the most precise catalogue of measurements towards mapping our Galaxy's... more
Reports of Jupiter's Great Red Spot Demise Greatly Exaggerated  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
The shrinking of the clouds of the Great Red Spot on Jupiter has been well documented with photographic... more
Astronomers Spot Huge Magnetic Structures in ‘Whale Galaxy’  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers using NSF’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) have captured a new image of the edge-on barred spiral... more
Evidence for anisotropy of cosmic acceleration  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The observed acceleration of the Hubble expansion rate has been attributed to a mysterious "dark energy" which supposedly makes up about 70% of the universe. Professor Subir Sarkar from the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics,... more
Study sheds more light on the properties of a Type Ia supernova discovered very young  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
An international team of astronomers has conducted follow-up photometric and spectroscopic observations of SN 2017cfd—a Type Ia supernova... more
Dutch-Chinese radio telescope antennas unfolded behind the moon  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The three antennas on the Dutch-Chinese radio telescope, which is currently located behind the moon, have been unfolded. This was officially announced today by the Dutch team. The Netherlands-China Low Frequency Explorer... more
Astronomers Capture New Image of Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
A group of Yale University astronomers has captured a stunning new image of 2I/Borisov, the first known interstellar comet to... more
Scientists inch closer than ever to signal from cosmic dawn  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Around 12 billion years ago, the universe emerged from a great cosmic dark age as the first stars and galaxies lit up. With a new analysis of data... more
Scientists inch closer than ever to signal from cosmic dawn  nanowerk · 3 weeks
Researchers using the Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope have taken a new and significant step toward detecting a signal from the period in cosmic history when the first... more
Black hole nurtures baby stars a million light years away  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Black holes are famous for ripping objects apart, including stars. But now, astronomers have uncovered a black hole that may have sparked the births of stars over a... more
Caught in the Act: MeerKAT Telescope Spies Stellar Flare  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
Scientists using the MeerKAT radio telescope have discovered a unique and previously-unseen flare of radio emission from a... more
Giant magnetic ropes in the outskirts of a spiral galaxy  nanowerk · 3 weeks
Astronomers have investigated polarized radio emission from the galaxy NGC 4631 at the VLA radio telescope. They detected for the first time a regular magnetic field over scales... more
Scientists Are Observing Two Cosmic Bursts with an Incomparably High Energy Output  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
Gamma-ray bursts are the most intense explosions in the universe. Now, astronomers are reporting in Nature magazine that they have observed two such bursts.... more
TESS Helps Astronomers Study Red-giant Stars, Examine a Too-close Planet  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
NASA’s planet-hunting TESS Mission keeps giving astronomers new realities to examine and explain. Case in point:... more
Amateur astronomers help choose asteroid flybys for Hera  ESA · 3 weeks
Amateur astronomers around the world are being asked to help the proposed ESA asteroid mission. As well as exploring its... more
NASA's Webb to unveil the secrets of nearby dwarf galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
In two separate studies using NASA's upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, a team of astronomers will observe dwarf galaxy companions to the Milky Way and the nearby Andromeda... more
Scientists Find Evidence of Missing Neutron Star  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
The leftovers from a spectacular supernova that revolutionized our understanding of how stars end their lives have finally been spotted by astronomers... more
Photometric study sheds more light on the properties of the intermediate polar V1033 Cas  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Using the Kourovka Astronomical Observatory, Russian astronomers have conducted an extensive photometric study of the intermediate polar V1033 Cas (also... more
Hubble Witnesses Dance of Galaxies: Arp 293  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
NASA has released a beautiful photo taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the peculiar pair of interacting galaxies called Arp... more
Chemistry in the turbulent interstellar medium  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Over 200 molecules have been discovered in space, some (like Buckminsterfullerene) very complex with carbon atoms. Besides being intrinsically interesting, these molecules radiate away heat, helping giant clouds of interstellar material cool and contract to form... more
Astronomers Find Three Supermassive Black Holes in NGC 6240  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
NGC 6240, a well-studied nearby galaxy system in the process of merging, contains three supermassive black holes at... more
Image: Hubble eyes an emitting galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
For this image, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope turned its powerful eye toward an emission-line galaxy called NGC 3749. more
Spacewalk excursion to extend the life of a powerful spectrometer  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
One of the largest human-made permanent magnets in space resides on the International Space Station (ISS), and it's helping scientists better understand the origins of our universe. The... more
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