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A New Catalog of Infrared Dark Clouds

Infrared dark clouds (IRDCs) are dark patches of cold dust and gas seen in the sky against the bright diffuse infrared glow of warm...

Hubble Makes Surprising Find in the Early Universe

New results from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope suggest the formation of the first stars and galaxies in the early Universe took place sooner...

A mirror image of Earth and Sun

Among the more than 4,000 known exoplanets, KOI-456.04 is something special: less than twice the size of Earth, it orbits a Sun-like star. And...

Ultra-bright X-ray source awakens near a galaxy not so far away

A new ultra-bright source of X-rays has awakened in between our galactic neighbours the Magellanic Clouds, after a 26-year slumber. This is the second-closest...

First optical measurements of Milky Way’s Fermi Bubbles probe their origin

Using the Wisconsin H-Alpha Mapper telescope, astronomers have for the first time measured the Fermi Bubbles in the visible light spectrum. The Fermi Bubbles...

Intense Flash From Milky Way’s Black Hole Illuminated Gas Far Outside...

About 3.5 million years ago, the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy unleashed an enormous burst of energy. Our...

Finnish re­search­ers have dis­covered a new type of matter in­side neut­ron...

A Finnish research group has found strong evidence for the presence of exotic quark matter inside the cores of the largest neutron stars in...

Detection of Crab Nebula shows viability of innovative gamma-ray telescope

Scientists in the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) consortium have detected gamma rays from the Crab Nebula using a prototype Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope (pSCT), proving the...

The Milky Way has one very hot halo, astronomers find

The halo that surrounds our own Milky Way galaxy is much hotter than scientists once believed – and it may not be unique among...

Hot stars are plagued by giant magnetic spots

Astronomers using European Southern Observatory (ESO) telescopes have discovered giant spots on the surface of extremely hot stars hidden in stellar clusters. Not only...

Astronomers Find Cosmic Golden Needle Buried For Two Decades: Einstein Ring

Determined to find a needle in a cosmic haystack, a pair of astronomers time traveled through archives of old data from W. M. Keck...

New Sunspots Potentially Herald Increased Solar Activity

On May 29, 2020, a family of sunspots — dark spots that freckle the face of the Sun, representing areas of complex magnetic fields...

Astronomers confirm that galaxy mergers have a positive effect on igniting...

Active galactic nuclei (AGNs) play a major role in galaxy evolution. Astronomers from SRON and RuG have now used a record-sample of galaxies to...

Some stars in Westerlund 2 have a difficult time forming planets

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are finding that planets have a tough time forming in the rough-and-tumble central region of the massive, crowded...

MAXI J1820+070: Black Hole Outburst Caught on Video

A pair of jets blasting away from a black hole at 80% the speed of light has been observed by astronomers. The stellar-mass...

A new study shows that some supermassive black holes actually thrive...

A new, Yale-led study shows that some supermassive black holes actually thrive under pressure. It has been known for some time that when distant galaxies...

Nanosatellite with global mission tested for space

ESA’s largest antenna test facility remains operational despite the COVID-19 pandemic, performing pre-flight testing for the latest satellite in a constellation to serve the...

Dinosaur-dooming asteroid struck Earth at ‘deadliest possible’ angle

New simulations from Imperial College London have revealed the asteroid that doomed the dinosaurs struck Earth at the ‘deadliest possible’ angle. The simulations show that...

A mysterious fast radio bursts to solve a decades-old mystery of...

Astronomers have used mysterious fast radio bursts to solve a decades-old mystery of ‘missing matter’, long predicted to exist in the Universe but never...

MAVEN Maps Electric Currents around Mars that are Fundamental to Atmospheric...

Five years after NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft entered into orbit around Mars, data from the mission has led to the creation of a map of...

New infrared telescope to spot cosmic hidden treasures

A new infrared telescope, to be designed and built by astronomers at The Australian National University (ANU), will monitor the entire southern sky in...

Astronomers captured an image of a “cosmic ring of fire” as...

Astronomers have captured an image of a super-rare type of galaxy – described as a “cosmic ring of fire” – as it existed 11...

A Phd student clears up massive black hole confusion

Black holes are among the most enigmatic objects in our universe. These mysterious celestial bodies do not emit any light of their own and...

Swarm probes weakening of Earth’s magnetic field

In an area stretching from Africa to South America, Earth’s magnetic field is gradually weakening. This strange behaviour has geophysicists puzzled and is causing...

The first known Jupiter Trojan asteroid to have sprouted a comet-like...

Asteroids and comets are often thought of as distinct types of small bodies, but astronomers have discovered an increasing number of “crossovers.” These objects...

Hubble Sees Stellar Glitter in a Cosmic Void

Unlike a spiral or elliptical galaxy, the galaxy KK 246 looks like glitter spilled across a black velvet sheet. KK 246, also known as...

ALMA found quasi-periodic flickers in millimeter-waves from the center of the...

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) found quasi-periodic flickers in millimeter-waves from the center of the Milky Way, Sagittarius (Sgr) A*. The...

NASA’s Webb Will Study the ‘Building Blocks’ of Our Solar System

Millions of asteroids roam our solar system. Many are clustered between Mars and Jupiter in the main asteroid belt while another group, known as...

A neutron star binary this massive has never been seen in...

Earlier this year, an international team of scientists announced the second detection of a gravitational-wave signal from the collision of two neutron stars. The...

NASA ignited another set of space fire experiments inside cygnus spacecraft

NASA ignited another set of space fire experiments last week when Saffire IV lit a number of longer, stronger flames inside Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus...

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