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Hubble survey confirms link between mergers and supermassive black holes with relativistic jets

18 hours 10 min ago
The results lend significant weight to the case for jets being the result of merging black holes, but additional conditions must also be met.
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Telescopes set limits on space-time quantum “foam”

18 hours 10 min ago
Tests using X-ray and gamma-ray observations rule out two different models of the quantum nature of space-time.
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New Horizons sees more detail as it draws closer to Pluto

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 03:00
The new images reveal more detail about Pluto's complex and high-contrast surface.
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Hubble video shows shock collision inside black hole jet

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 03:00
This discovery was made while piecing together a time-lapse movie of a plasma jet blasted from a supermassive black hole inside a galaxy located 260 million light-years from Earth.
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Europa mission begins with selection of science instruments

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:00
Jupiter’s moon could be the best place in the solar system to look for present-day life beyond our home planet.
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A bubbly cosmic celebration

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:00
A new image from the Very Large Telescope reveals that the star-forming region RCW 34 is home to multiple episodes of star birth.
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NASA’s Curiosity rover adjusts route up martian mountain

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 03:00
The science team wants to examine an outcrop that contains the contact between a pale rock unit the mission analyzed lower on Mount Sharp and a darker bedded rock unit that the mission has not yet examined up close.
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Hubble observes one-of-a-kind star nicknamed “Nasty”

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 03:00
First discovered several decades ago, Nasty 1 was identified as a Wolf-Rayet star, a rapidly evolving star that is much more massive than our Sun.
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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 03:00
The galaxy belongs to a new class of objects — extremely luminous infrared galaxies.
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Newly dedicated observatory to search for gravitational waves

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 03:00
Advanced LIGO will now undergo commissioning to ensure instrumentation is ready for its first search this autumn.
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Galaxy’s snacking habits revealed

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 03:00
A study not only reveals a spiral galaxy devouring a nearby compact dwarf galaxy but also shows evidence of its past galactic snacks in unprecedented detail.
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Astronomers observe a supernova colliding with its companion star

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:00
The data provide evidence for one model of how type Ia supernovae occur and means both theories actually may be valid.
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The dreadful beauty of Medusa

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:00
As the star at the heart of this nebula made its transition into retirement, it shed its outer layers into space, forming this colorful cloud.
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Scientists at Keck discover the fluffiest galaxies

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:00
These galaxies are nearly as wide as our Milky Way Galaxy — about 60,000 light-years — yet harbor only 1 percent as many stars.
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OSIRIS discovers balancing rock on Comet 67P

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 03:00
Scientists have not determined how the boulder seen in Rosetta images came to perch on the rim of a small depression.
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Astronomers baffled by discovery of rare quasar quartet

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 03:00
The quartet of active galaxies reside in one of the most massive structures ever discovered in the distant universe and is surrounded by a giant nebula of cool dense gas.
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Magnetar near supermassive black hole delivers surprises

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 03:00
A new study reveals that the amount of X-rays from magnetar SGR 1745-2900 is dropping more slowly than other previously observed magnetars, and its surface is hotter than expected.
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Hubble catches a stellar exodus in action

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 03:00
The study of white dwarf migration in globular cluster 47 Tucanae challenges some of the ideas about how and when a star loses mass near the end of its life.
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Cause of galactic death: strangulation

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 03:00
Researchers have found that levels of metals contained in dead galaxies provide key “fingerprints,” making it possible to determine the cause of death.
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Left-handed cosmic magnetic field could explain missing antimatter

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 03:00
New data from the Fermi telescope suggests the precise mechanism that led to the absence of antimatter.
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