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Researchers have found direct evidence that merging galaxies can form disk galaxies instead of elliptical galaxies and that this outcome is in fact quite common.
This discovery shows how a massive planet can affect the behavior of its parent star.
The selection of Boeing and SpaceX will return launches to America.
A team assembled the catalog in a 10-year program using the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) on La Palma in the Canary Islands.
Researchers hypothesize that the brightest clumps in the F ring are caused by repeated impacts into its core by small moonlets up to about 3 miles (5 kilometers) wide.
Although the planet’s mass is only one-thousandth of the mass of the Sun, the stars in these other solar systems are being affected by these planets and making the stars themselves act in a crazy way.
Rosetta’s lander Philae will target Site J, an intriguing region on Comet 67P that offers unique scientific potential with hints of activity nearby and minimum risk to the lander.
Curiosity’s trek up Mount Sharp will begin with an examination of the mountain’s lower slopes.
This powerful event, now named Gaia14aaa, took place in a distant galaxy some 500 million light-years away.
New work shows that most observed quasar phenomena can be unified by quantifying how efficiently the black hole is being fed and knowing the viewing orientation from Earth.
A solar flare erupted from a sunspot designated Active Region 2158 that produced an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection.
Water ice clouds exist on our gas giant planets but have not been seen beyond the planets orbiting our Sun until now.
The discovery confirms a long-held theory that the supernova, dubbed SN 1993J, occurred inside what is called a binary system, where two interacting stars caused a cosmic explosion.
Scientists think clumps of dark matter that emerged from the early universe trapped the intergalactic gas needed to form stars and galaxies.
This is the first sign of this type of surface-shifting geological activity on a world other than Earth.
The new planet would be an uninhabitable gas giant at least three times the size of Jupiter, and the distance from the star would be about the same distance that Saturn is from the Sun.
In some cases, the planet orbits both stars, while in others the planet orbits one of the pair.
Rosetta’s initial far-ultraviolet observations show a surprisingly unreflective surface and lack of water-ice patches on comet 67P.
At the time of closest approach, the 60-foot (20m) object will be about one-tenth the distance from Earth to the Moon.
This discovery clarifies the boundaries of our galactic neighborhood and establishes previously unrecognized linkages among various galaxy clusters in the local universe.