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Astronomers find newborn stars at the edge of our galaxy

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 04:00
The scientists not only found giant molecular clouds thousands of light-years above and below the galactic disk, but also one of them unexpectedly contained two clusters of stars.
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Chandra finds intriguing member of black hole family tree

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 04:00
NGC2276-3c has traits similar to both stellar-mass and supermassive black holes.
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Pockets of calm protect molecules around supermassive black hole

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:00
This is most likely due to dense areas of dust and gas that shield molecules from otherwise lethal radiation.
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“Bright spot” on Ceres has dimmer companion

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:00
This may be pointing to a volcano-like origin of the spots, but Dawn scientists will wait for better resolution to make geologic interpretations.
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Ancient super-bright quasar with massive black hole found

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:00
At a distance of 12.8 billion light-years from Earth, this quasar was formed only 900 million years after the Big Bang.
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Physicists offer a solution to the puzzle of the origin of matter in the universe

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:00
Scientists propose that the matter-antimatter asymmetry could be related to the Higgs boson particle.
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Why comets are like deep-fried ice cream

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 04:00
Research shows that under a crystalline crust should still be very cold and contain more porous amorphous ice.
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Does dark matter cause mass extinctions and geologic upheavals?

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 04:00
A university professor concludes that movement through dark matter may perturb the orbits of comets and lead to additional heating in Earth's core, both of which could be connected with mass extinction events.
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Telescopes give shape to furious black hole winds

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:00
This discovery that the winds blow in all directions has given astronomers their first opportunity to measure the strength of these ultra-fast winds and prove they are powerful enough to inhibit the host galaxy’s ability to make new stars.
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<i>Astronomy</i> selects 2015 Youth Essay Contest winner

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:00
Thirteen-year-old Julia Derzay of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, wins a trip to the Northeast Astronomy Forum & Telescope Show with her entry for Astronomy’s 2015 Youth Essay Contest.
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Hubble gets best view of a circumstellar debris disk distorted by a planet

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:00
The new images reveal the inner disk around Beta Pictoris and confirm structures predicted by computer simulations.
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A close call of 0.8 light-years

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 04:00
Astronomers have identified the closest known flyby of a star to our solar system.
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Dark matter guides growth of supermassive black holes

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 04:00
There seems to be a mysterious link between the amount of dark matter a galaxy holds and the size of its central black hole.
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A close call of 0.8 light-years

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 04:00
Astronomers have identified the closest known flyby of a star to our solar system.
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New SPHERE instrument shows its power

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:00
The instrument has been used to search for a brown dwarf expected to be orbiting the unusual double star V471 Tauri — and found nothing.
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Dawn captures sharper images of Ceres

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:00
As the spacecraft delivers better images and other data, the science team will be investigating the nature and composition of the dwarf planet.
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A new way to view Titan: “Despeckle” it

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 04:00
The technique produces radar images of Titan's surface that are much clearer and easier to look at than the views to which scientists and the public have grown accustomed.
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Mystery Mars plume baffles scientists

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 04:00
The plumes were seen rising to altitudes of over 155 miles (250 kilometers) above the same region of Mars on both occasions.
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<i>Interstellar</i> technology throws light on spinning black holes

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:00
The computed code used to generate the movie's iconic images revealed that when a camera is close up to a rapidly spinning black hole, peculiar surfaces in space create more than a dozen images of individual stars and of the thin, bright plane of the galaxy in which the black hole lives.
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ALMA sees super stellar nurseries at heart of Sculptor Galaxy

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:00
The research suggests that it's not just the number of stellar nurseries that sets the throttle for a galaxy to create new stars, but also what kind of stellar nurseries are present.
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