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Dating a Galaxy Crash  ASTRO WATCH · 1 hour
The dwarf galaxy Gaia-Enceladus collided with the Milky Way probably approximately 11.5 billion years ago. A team of researchers including scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar... more
Astronomers Discover Class of Strange Objects Near Our Galaxy’s Enormous Black Hole  ASTRO WATCH · 4 hours
Astronomers from UCLA’s Galactic Center Orbits Initiative have discovered a new class of bizarre objects at the center of our galaxy, not far from... more
Large amounts of oxygen detected in ancient star's atmosphere  nanowerk · 1 day
An international team of astronomers has detected large amounts of oxygen in the atmosphere of one of the oldest and most elementally depleted stars known. more
NASA's Kepler witnesses vampire star system undergoing super-outburst  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
NASA's Kepler spacecraft was designed to find exoplanets by looking for stars that dim as a planet crosses the star's face. Fortuitously, the same design makes it ideal for spotting other astronomical... more
Astronomers detect large amounts of oxygen in ancient star's atmosphere  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Astronomers have detected large amounts of oxygen in the atmosphere of one of the oldest and most elementally depleted stars known -- a 'primitive star' scientists call J0815+4729.... more
Astronomers Find Huge Amount of Oxygen in Ancient Dwarf Star  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
Using high-resolution spectroscopic observations from the High-Resolution Echelle Spectrometer (HIRES) on the 10-m Keck I telescope... more
NESSI emerges as new tool for exoplanet atmospheres  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The darkness surrounding the Hale Telescope breaks with a sliver of blue sky as the dome begins to open, screeching with metallic, sci-fi-like sounds atop San Diego County's Palomar Mountain. The historic... more
NASA prepares to shut down Spitzer Space Telescope  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
NASA will turn off an aging infrared space telescope in a week, citing the complexities of continuing to operate the... more
Astronomers detect large amounts of oxygen in ancient star's atmosphere  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
An international team of astronomers from the University of California San Diego, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), and the University of Cambridge have detected large amounts... more
How NASA's Webb Telescope will continue Spitzer's legacy  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
As one window to the universe closes, another will open with an even better view. Some of the same planets, stars and galaxies we first saw through the first window will appear... more
Astronomers investigate physical properties of the galaxy PGC 26218  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
By conducting spectroscopic observations, astronomers from China and Spain have investigated physical properties of a nearby lenticular galaxy known as PGC 26218. The new study provides more hints about the... more
Astronomers Create Stunning 3D Visualization of Crab Nebula  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
In 1054 CE, Chinese sky watchers witnessed the sudden appearance of a ‘new star’ in the heavens, which they recorded... more
Canberra astronomer becomes first Australian to win major US science award in 133 years  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Lisa Kewley has transformed our understanding of the early years of the Universe, the development of galaxies, and what happens... more
Astronomers find a way to form 'fast and furious' planets around tiny stars  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
New astronomy research from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) suggests giant planets could form around small stars much faster than previously... more
The riddle of the heavenly bursts  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
This cosmic lightning storm is happening all around us. Somewhere in the earthly sky, there is a pulse that flashes and extinguishes in the next moment. These bursts, which must be measured with radio telescopes and... more
Astronomers Map Surroundings of Supermassive Black Hole  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
As material spirals towards a black hole, it is heated up and emits X-rays that, in turn, echo and reverberate as they... more
Wandering Massive Black Holes Detected in Nearby Dwarf Galaxies  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Astronomers using NSF’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory have observed... more
Mars' water was mineral-rich and salty  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Presently, Earth is the only known location where life exists in the Universe. This year the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three astronomers who proved, almost 20 years ago, that planets are common around... more
A new strategy for directly detecting light particle dark matter  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
For almost a century, astronomers have hypothesized that the universe contains more matter than what can be observed by the human eye. It is now believed that approximately... more
Astronomers perform a comprehensive study of young open cluster NGC 1960  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Indian astronomers have conducted a comprehensive photometric, kinematic and variability study of a young open cluster known as NGC 1960. Results of the research shed more... more
China's 500-meter FAST radio telescope is now operational  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope is officially open for business, according to Xinhua, China's official state-run media. The FAST Radio Telescope saw fist light in 2016, but has been... more
Astronomers use 'cosmic echolocation' to map black hole surroundings  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Material falling into a black hole casts X-rays out into space—and now astronomers have used the echoes of this radiation to map the dynamic behavior and surroundings of a black... more
VLT Sees Newborn Stars in Emission Nebula Gum 26  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has released a stunning image snapped by the FOcal Reducer and low dispersion... more
XMM-Newton maps black hole surroundings  ESA · 6 days
Material falling into a black hole casts X-rays out into space – and now, for the first time, ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory has used the reverberating... more
The dynamic behaviour of a black hole corona  ESA · 6 days
Image: These illustrations show the surroundings of a black hole feeding on ambient gas as mapped using ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray... more
BSNIP project releases spectra of more than 200 Type Ia supernovae  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The Berkeley Supernova Ia Program (BSNIP) has released a dataset containing over 600 spectra of 242 Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia). The new data release, available... more
First results from the Dark Energy Survey  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The Dark Energy Survey (DES) program uses the patterns of cosmic structure as seen in the spatial distribution of hundreds of millions of galaxies to reveal the nature of "dark energy," the source of... more
A brain transplant for one of Australia's top telescopes  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
One of Australia's top telescopes will receive an A$2.6 million upgrade to help extend its three-decade record of improving our understanding of the universe. more
Hubble Views Face-On Barred Spiral Galaxy  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has imaged a beautiful spiral galaxy called NGC 1022. NGC 1022 was discovered by the German-born British astronomer William... more
Stars Need a Partner to Spin Universe’s Brightest Explosions  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
When it comes to the biggest and brightest explosions seen in the Universe, University of Warwick astronomers have... more
Scientists measure the evolving energy of a solar flare's explosive first minutes  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Toward the end of 2017, a massive new region of magnetic field erupted on the Sun's surface next to an existing sunspot. The powerful... more
New astronomical instrument on the hunt for exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
At the highest point of the Quinlan mountains, overlooking the Sonoran Desert as it stretches across southern Arizona, NEID (pronounced like "fluid") recently collected its first observations, known colloquially by astronomers as... more
Here and gone: Outbound comets are likely of alien origin  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have analyzed the paths of two objects heading out of the Solar System forever and determined that they also... more
Image: Hubble views galaxy from famous catalog  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
This bright, somewhat blob-like object—seen in this image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope—is a galaxy named NGC 1803. It is about 200 million light-years away, in the southern constellation of Pictor (the... more
Here and gone: Outbound comets are likely of extra-solar origin  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have analyzed the paths of two objects heading out of the Solar System forever and determined that they also... more
Possible discovery of a new super-Earth orbiting Proxima Centauri  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Astronomers have discovered another candidate exoplanet orbiting our neighbor Proxima Centauri. A paper announcing these results was just published in the journal Science Advances. If confirmed, it will be the... more
Proxima c: Possible Second Planet Found around Sun’s Nearest Neighbor  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
An international team of astronomers has detected a candidate super-Earth planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the nearest... more
Stellar Heavy Metals Can Trace History of Galaxies  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Astronomers have cataloged signs of 9 heavy metals in the infrared light from supergiant and giant stars. New observations based... more
Astronomers Trace Journey of Phosphorus from Stellar Nurseries to Solar System Comets  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
To understand how molecules containing phosphorus — one of life’s building blocks — are formed in star-forming regions, a team of astronomers has analyzed... more
Astronomers discover class of strange objects near our galaxy's enormous black hole  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers have discovered a new class of bizarre objects at the center of our galaxy, not far from the supermassive black hole called Sagittarius... more
Astronomers discover class of strange objects near our galaxy's enormous black hole  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers from UCLA's Galactic Center Orbits Initiative have discovered a new class of bizarre objects at the center of our galaxy, not far from... more
Astronomers Discover Five New Planets around Nearby Red Dwarfs  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers have detected five new planets, eight planet candidates, and confirmed three previously reported planets, around nine nearby... more
Putting the universe under the telescope  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
We humans are a curious, questing lot, and the 2020s will see us continue to observe the universe around us, trying to understand more about fundamental particles, forces, objects and relationships from both ground and space-based... more
Mapping the cosmic journey of phosphorus with Rosetta and ALMA  ESA · 2 weeks
Astronomers using the combined powers of ESA’s Rosetta mission and the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array... more
V473 Lyr has a low-mass companion, study suggests  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Using ESA's XMM-Newton spacecraft, astronomers have conducted X-ray observations of a peculiar Cepheid variable star known as V473 Lyr. Results of the study suggest that this star has a young, low-mass companion.... more
Astronomers reveal interstellar thread of one of life's building blocks  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Phosphorus is an essential element for life as we know it. But how it arrived on the early Earth is something of a mystery. Astronomers have now traced... more
New front emerges in battle to build giant telescope in Hawaii  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
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Hot gas feeds spiral arms of the Milky Way  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An international research team, with significant participation of astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), has gained important insights into the origin of the material in the spiral... more
Cheops seen by SAINT-EX telescope  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: ESA’s Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, is shown here as a long streak against a backdrop of stars as it orbits the Earth after its successful... more
'Cold Neptune' and two temperate super-Earths found orbiting nearby stars  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A 'cold Neptune' and two potentially habitable worlds are part of a cache of five newly discovered exoplanets and eight exoplanet candidates found orbiting nearby red dwarf stars.... more
VLT Spots Two Interacting Galaxies  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have captured a striking view of two interacting galaxies NGC 470 and NGC 474. This pair of interacting galaxies lies... more
Stars need a partner to spin universe's brightest explosions  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
When it comes to the biggest and brightest explosions seen in the universe, astronomers have found that it takes two stars to make a gamma-ray burst. more
Stars need a partner to spin universe's brightest explosions  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When it comes to the biggest and brightest explosions seen in the Universe, University of Warwick astronomers have found that it takes two stars to make a gamma-ray burst. more
Hubble Space Telescope Observes NGC 1803  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken a beautiful picture of a spiral galaxy called NGC 1803. NGC 1803 lies approximately 200 million light-years... more
Another state change of the variable gamma-ray pulsar PSR J2021+4026 observed by astronomers  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Using NASA's Fermi telescope, astronomers have detected a state change of the gamma-ray emission and spin-down rate of the variable radio-quiet gamma-ray... more
Oxygen line opens new perspective on the far universe  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A team of astronomers of Leiden University and the University of Texas (Austin, United States) has discovered a new way to map distant galaxies. They did so by observing the... more
Astronomers Pinpoint Two New 'Tatooine' Planetary Systems  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Astronomers announced Monday the first discovery made by NASA's TESS mission of a two-star planetary system. Led by researchers at NASA's Goddard... more
TESS Finds Its First Earth-size Habitable-zone World  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered its first Earth-size planet in its star’s habitable zone, the range of distances where... more
New Map of Milky Way Reveals Giant Wave of Stellar Nurseries  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Astronomers at Harvard University have discovered a monolithic, wave-shaped gaseous structure - the largest... more
China launches gigantic telescope in hunt for life beyond earth  REUTERS · 2 weeks
China on Saturday officially opened operations of the world's largest radio telescope, which it will use... more
TESS Shows Ancient North Star Undergoes Eclipses  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Astronomers using data from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have shown that Alpha Draconis, a well-studied star visible to the naked... more
Hubble Uses Quadruple-Image Gravitational Lenses to Capture Small-Scale Clumps of Dark Matter  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
According to the widely-accepted ‘cold dark matter’ theory, all galaxies are embedded within clouds of dark matter. Dark matter itself consists of slow-moving particles... more
A stripped helium star solves the massive black hole mystery  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Recently, a Chinese team of astronomers claimed to have discovered a black hole as massive as 70 solar masses, which, if confirmed, would severely challenge the current view... more
Stellar black holes: When David poses as Goliath  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Stellar black holes form when massive stars end their life in a dramatic collapse. Observations have shown that stellar black holes typically have masses of about ten times that of the Sun,... more
NASA's Lucy mission confirms discovery of Eurybates satellite  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Lucy mission team is seeing double after discovering that Eurybates, the asteroid the spacecraft has targeted for flyby in 2027, has a small satellite. This "bonus" science exploration opportunity for the... more
A Fast Radio Burst Tracked Down to a Nearby Galaxy  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Astronomers in Europe, working with members of Canada's CHIME Fast Radio Burst collaboration, have pinpointed the... more
Simulated Image Demonstrates the Power of NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Imagine a fleet of 100 Hubble Space Telescopes, deployed in a strategic space-invader-shaped array a million miles from Earth, scanning the universe at warp... more
X-ray and optical view of the Perseus galaxy cluster  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: This image shows the Perseus galaxy cluster – one of the most massive known objects in the... more
X-ray and optical view of the Coma galaxy cluster  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: This image shows the bright, nearby, and massive Coma galaxy cluster in X-ray and optical light, as seen... more
Repeating Fast Radio Burst Localized to Massive Spiral Galaxy  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers have pinpointed the source galaxy of the fast radio burst known as FRB 180916.J0158+65 (FRB 180916 for... more
Astronomers Find 9,000-Light-Year-Long Wave-Shaped Structure in Milky Way  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Using data from ESA’s Gaia star-mapping spacecraft, a team of astronomers from Austria and the United States has discovered a... more
Stellar heavy metals can trace history of galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers have cataloged signs of nine heavy metals in the infrared light from supergiant and giant stars. New observations based on this catalog will help researchers to understand how events like binary... more
Hubble detects smallest known dark matter clumps  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When searching for dark matter, astronomers must go on a sort of "ghost hunt." That's because dark matter is an invisible substance that cannot be seen directly. Yet it makes up the bulk of... more
Cosmic magnifying glasses yield independent measure of universe's expansion  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
People use the phrAse "holy cow" to express excitement. Playing with that phrase, researchers from an international collaboration developed an acronym—H0LiCOW—for their project's name that expresses the excitement over their... more
Goldilocks stars are best places to look for life  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
To date astronomers have discovered over 4,000 planets orbiting other stars. Statistically, there should be over 100 billion planets in our Milky Way galaxy. They come in a wide range... more
Stellar heavy metals can trace history of galaxies  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Astronomers have cataloged signs of 9 heavy metals in the infrared light from supergiant and giant stars. more
NEID exoplanet instrument sees first light  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The new NEID instrument, now installed at the 3.5-meter WIYN telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Southern Arizona, USA, has made its first observations. The NSF-NASA funded instrument is designed to measure the motion of... more
SpaceX, astronomers working to address brightness of Starlink satellites  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
SpaceX says it’s committed to working with the astronomy community to address the brightness of its Starlink satellites,... more
Hubble detects smallest known dark matter clumps  nanowerk · 3 weeks
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and a new observing technique, astronomers have found that dark matter forms much smaller clumps than previously known. This result confirms one of the fundamental predictions of the widely... more
Hubble Telescope Surveys Gigantic Galaxy  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
To kickstart the 30th anniversary year of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble has imaged a majestic spiral galaxy. Galaxy UGC 2885 may be the largest... more
SOFIA Maps Most Energetic Portion of Milky Way  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
Astronomers using the Faint Object Infrared Camera for the SOFIA Telescope (FORCAST) instrument onboard NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy... more
Earth-Sized Exoplanet Found in Habitable Zone around Red Dwarf  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
Using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, the agency’s Spitzer Space Telescope and other facilities, astronomers have discovered a... more
Cosmic bubbles reveal the first stars  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Astronomers have identified several overlapping bubbles of hydrogen gas ionized by the stars in early galaxies, a mere 680 million years after the Big Bang. This is the earliest direct evidence from the period when the... more
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