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Spitzer Sees Tarantula Nebula in Infrared Light  SCI-NEWS.COM · 11 hours
Using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, which is set to be retired on January 30, 2020, astronomers have generated a new... more
For cheaper solar cells, thinner really is better  SCIENCE DAILY · 14 hours
Researchers have outlined a pathway to slashing costs further, this time by slimming down the silicon cells themselves. more
Stalking Starlink's 'black sheep' DarkSat  PHYS.ORG · 17 hours
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ISOLDE steps into unexplored region of the nuclear chart  CERN · 18 hours
ISOLDE steps into unexplored region of the nuclear chart Ana Lopes abelchio Mon, 01/27/2020 - 12:45 Instrumentation inside the ISOLDE Solenoidal Spectrometer (Image: Ben Kay, Argonne National Laboratory) Many heavy... more
Two new outbursts detected from the magnetar 1E 1048.1−5937  PHYS.ORG · 18 hours
Using NASA's Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, astronomers have identified two new outbursts from the magnetar 1E 1048.1−5937. The newly detected events could shed more light on the nature of this... more
The most beautiful solar cells are inspired by nature  PHYS.ORG · 18 hours
Organic solar cells are usually less effective than silicon solar cells. But there is still a market for them—and they're beautiful and exciting. more
Solar Orbiter – the Sun close-up  ESA · 19 hours
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The hottest exoplanet's atmosphere is melting before our eyes  LIVE SCIENCE · 20 hours
The hottest known exoplanet in the universe constantly has half of its atmosphere melted, a new study suggests more
For cheaper solar cells, thinner really is better  nanowerk · 1 day
Solar panel costs have dropped lately, but slimming down silicon wafers could lead to even lower costs and faster industry expansion. more
Scientists Measure the Evolving Energy of a Solar Flare's Explosive First Minutes  ASTRO WATCH · 1 day
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
Researchers advance solar material production  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
A team has developed a more efficient, safer, and cost-effective way to produce cadmium telluride (CdTe) material for solar cells or other applications, a discovery that could advance the solar industry and make it more competitive. more
Tarantula Nebula spins web of mystery in Spitzer image  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The Tarantula Nebula, seen in this image by the Spitzer Space Telescope, was one of the first targets studied by the infrared observatory after its launch in 2003, and the... more
Image: Hubble sees dusty galaxy with supermassive center  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
This peculiar galaxy, beautifully streaked with tendrils of reddish dust, is captured here in wonderful detail by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. more
Flying solo: Solar Orbiter will take first-ever direct images of solar poles  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Solar Orbiter will orbit our nearest star, the sun, observing it up close. It will take the first-ever direct images of its poles, while... more
Hubble Space Telescope Spies NGC 7541  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced an outstanding image of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 7541. NGC 7541 resides approximately 103.7 million light-years... more
For cheaper solar cells, thinner really is better  MIT · 2 days
Solar panel costs have dropped lately, but slimming down silicon wafers could lead to even lower costs and faster industry expansion. more
Taking the Temperature of Dark Matter  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
Warm, cold, just right? Physicists at the University of California, Davis are taking the temperature of dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up... more
Dating a Galaxy Crash  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
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 · 3 days
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
Galactic Gamma-ray Sources Reveal Birthplaces of High-energy Particles  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
Nine sources of extremely high-energy gamma rays comprise a new catalog compiled by researchers with the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC)... more
Blue-emitting diode demonstrates limitations and promise of perovskite semiconductors  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Halide perovskites have garnered attention because they're highly efficient at capturing energy in solar cells and efficient emitters in diodes. But researchers failed at making perovskite LEDs that emit blue... more
Can polarity-inverted membranes self-assemble on Titan?  Science Magazine · 5 days
The environmental and chemical limits of life are two of the most central questions in astrobiology. Our understanding of life’s boundaries has implications on the efficacy of biosignature identification in exoplanet atmospheres and in the solar... more
Astrophysicists One Step Closer to Unlocking Mystery of Superluminous Supernovae  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
SN 2006gy, a superluminous supernova discovered in 2006, gained its exceptional brightness when a normal Type... more
NASA's Kepler witnesses vampire star system undergoing super-outburst  PHYS.ORG · 5 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
Four graphs that suggest we can't blame climate change on solar activity  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The past decade (2010-2019) was the hottest on record and five of the top 10 warmest single years have all occurred since 2015, according... more
Experimental probe of a complete 3-D photonic band gap  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A crystal with a 3-D photonic band gap is a powerful tool to control light, with applications for new types of solar cells, sensors and miniature lasers. Inside a man-made... more
Gravity: We might have been getting it wrong this whole time  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Symmetry has been one of the guiding principles in physicists' search for fundamental laws of nature. What does it mean that laws of nature have symmetry?... more
Astronomers detect large amounts of oxygen in ancient star's atmosphere  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 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 · 5 days
Using high-resolution spectroscopic observations from the High-Resolution Echelle Spectrometer (HIRES) on the 10-m Keck I telescope... more
Flying solo  ESA · 5 days
Solar Orbiter will orbit our nearest star, the Sun, observing it up close. It will take the first-ever direct images of its poles, while also studying the inner heliosphere – the bubble-like... more
NESSI emerges as new tool for exoplanet atmospheres  PHYS.ORG · 5 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
Galileo now replying to SOS messages worldwide  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
As well as providing global navigation services, Europe's Galileo satellite constellation is contributing to saving more than 2000 lives annually by relaying SOS messages to first responders. And from now on the satellites will... more
Simulations reveal galaxy clusters details  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Inspired by the science fiction of the spacefaring Romulans of Star Trek, astrophysicists have used XSEDE-allocated supercomputers to develop cosmological computer simulations called RomulusC, where the 'C' stands for galaxy cluster. With a focus on black hole physics,... more
Findings highlight multisensory interactions in the human brain  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
Gravity is the unseen force that dominates our entire lives. It's what makes walking uphill so difficult and what makes parts of our body eventually point downhill. It is unyielding, everywhere, and... more
New insights about the brightest explosions in the Universe  nanowerk · 6 days
Astrophysicists have, after ten years, found an explanation to the peculiar emission lines seen in one of the brightest supernovae ever observed - SN 2006gy. At the same time they... more
A type Ia supernova at the heart of superluminous transient SN 2006gy  Science Magazine · 6 days
Superluminous supernovae radiate up to 100 times more energy than normal supernovae. The origin of this energy and the nature of the stellar progenitors... more
New insights about the brightest explosions in the Universe  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Swedish and Japanese researchers have, after ten years, found an explanation to the peculiar emission lines seen in one of the brightest supernovae ever observed—SN 2006gy. At the same time... more
Galileo now replying to SOS messages worldwide  ESA · 6 days
As well as providing global navigation services, Europe’s Galileo satellite constellation is acontributing to saving more than 2000 lives annually by relaying... more
How NASA's Webb Telescope will continue Spitzer's legacy  PHYS.ORG · 6 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
Betelgeuse is continues to dim, diminishes to 1.506 magnitude  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Betelgeuse keeps getting dimmer, and everyone is wondering what exactly that means. The star will go supernova at the end of its life, but that's not projected to happen for... more
Astronomers investigate physical properties of the galaxy PGC 26218  PHYS.ORG · 6 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 · 6 days
In 1054 CE, Chinese sky watchers witnessed the sudden appearance of a ‘new star’ in the heavens, which they recorded... more
How big can a planet get?  LIVE SCIENCE · 7 days
Why isn't there an endless variety of planets in the universe? An astrophysicist explains why planets only come in two flavors. more
Canberra astronomer becomes first Australian to win major US science award in 133 years  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Lisa Kewley has transformed our understanding of the early years of the Universe, the development of galaxies, and what happens... more
NASA sounding rocket observing nitric oxide in polar night  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Aurora, also known as the northern lights, are a sight to behold as they dance across the sky when solar winds collide with the Earth's atmosphere. more
Astronomers Map Surroundings of Supermassive Black Hole  SCI-NEWS.COM · 7 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
Solar Orbiter Earth flyby  ESA · 7 days
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter making a flyby at Earth.Solar Orbiter will make one gravity assist flyby of Earth and numerous flybys of Venus over the course... more
Solar Orbiter launch  ESA · 1 week
Image: Artist's impression of an Atlas V 411 launching Solar Orbiter into space.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. Its mission is to perform... more
Solar Orbiter solar array deployment  ESA · 1 week
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following launch and separation, with its solar arrays deployed. The instrument boom and antennas have not been deployed at this... more
Solar Orbiter antenna deployment  ESA · 1 week
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following launch, with solar arrays and antennas deployed. Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. Its... more
Solar Orbiter separation  ESA · 1 week
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following separation from the Centaur upper stage of the Atlas V 411 rocket launching the mission into space.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of... more
Solar Orbiter launch - fairing separation  ESA · 1 week
Image: Artist's impression of the fairing encapsulating Solar Orbiter being released following launch on an Atlas V 411.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of... more
Capella unveils radar satellite design  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Capella Space unveiled the new design Jan. 21 for its Whitney constellation of seven synthetic aperture radar satellites scheduled to launch in 2020. SpaceNews.com more
Space Development Agency to start building its first constellation of surveillance satellites  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
The agency issued a broad area announcement on “National Defense Space Architecture Systems, Technologies and Emerging Capabilities.” SpaceNews.com more
Wandering Massive Black Holes Detected in Nearby Dwarf Galaxies  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Astronomers using NSF’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory have observed... more
Self-destructing dark matter may be flooding the sky with gamma-rays, study suggests  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
There's a faint gamma-ray background in the universe, and scientists now think it could be caused by dark matter. more
Cataclysmic bashing from giant planets occurred early in our Solar System's history  Science Magazine · 1 week
Models and observations suggest that an earlier date for the upheaval can explain puzzles including a puny Mars more
Astrophysicists find massive black holes wandering around dwarf galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new search led by Montana State University has revealed more than a dozen massive black holes in dwarf galaxies that were previously considered too small to host them, and... more
Mars' water was mineral-rich and salty  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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
The salt of the comet  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have found an explanation for why very little nitrogen could previously be accounted for in the nebulous covering of comets: the building block for life predominantly occurs in the form of ammonium salts, the occurrence of which... more
Plants absorb lead from perovskite solar cells more than expected  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Lead from metal-organic perovskite compounds can be absorbed particularly easily by plants. The bioavailability is significantly higher than that of lead from inorganic compounds, as found in batteries.... more
Warming up for the sun  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Today, the Solar Orbiter control team is simulating launch for the penultimate time, before the sun-seeking spacecraft lifts-off for real. more
Researchers find a way to harness the entire spectrum of sunlight  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Scientists for the first time have developed a single molecule that can absorb sunlight efficiently and also act as a catalyst to transform solar energy into... more
Call for Media: Solar Orbiter launch to face the Sun  ESA · 1 week
Press Release N° 27–2020 ESA’s new Sun explorer will be launched from Cape Canaveral on 6 February. Media are invited to Europe’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany,... more
A new strategy for directly detecting light particle dark matter  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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
Source position and duration of a solar type III radio burst observed by LOFAR  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Type III solar radio bursts are generated by non-thermal electron beams propagating through the solar corona and interplanetary space. In... more
Global Gaia campaign reveals secrets of stellar pair  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A 500-day global observation campaign spearheaded more than three years ago by ESA's galaxy-mapping powerhouse Gaia has provided unprecedented insights into the binary system of stars that caused an unusual brightening of... more
Warming up for the Sun  ESA · 1 week
Today, the Solar Orbiter control team is simulating launch for the penultimate time, before the Sun-seeking spacecraft lifts-off for real. more
Flight through the comet Chury's dust cloud resolves chemical mystery  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Under the leadership of astrophysicist Kathrin Altwegg, Bernese researchers have found an explanation for why very little nitrogen could previously be accounted for in the nebulous covering of... more
Astronomers use 'cosmic echolocation' to map black hole surroundings  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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
Global Gaia campaign reveals secrets of stellar pair  ESA · 1 week
A 500-day global observation campaign spearheaded more than three years ago by ESA’s galaxy-mapping powerhouse Gaia has provided unprecedented insights... more
VLT Sees Newborn Stars in Emission Nebula Gum 26  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has released a stunning image snapped by the FOcal Reducer and low dispersion... more
New research provides evidence of strong early magnetic field around Earth  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Deep within Earth, swirling liquid iron generates our planet's protective magnetic field. This magnetic field is invisible but is vital for life on Earth's surface: it... more
XMM-Newton maps black hole surroundings  ESA · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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
Addressing global warming with new nanoparticles and sunshine  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Harvesting sunlight, researchers of the Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS, South Korea) published in Materials Today ("Phase-Selective Highly Efficient Nanostructured Metal-decorated Hybrid Semiconductors for Solar... more
First results from the Dark Energy Survey  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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
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