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The initial blast from this record-setting series of explosions was as much as 10,000 times more powerful than the largest solar flare ever recorded.
The Wide Field Imager has taken this beautiful image, dappled with blue stars, of one of the most star-rich open clusters currently known — the Wild Duck Cluster (M11).
Philae’s landing site, currently known as Site J, is located on the smaller of the comet’s two “lobes,” with a backup site on the larger lobe.
The feature covers an area of about 100 square miles (260 square kilometers) in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest seas on Titan.
Like finding a molecular needle in a cosmic haystack, astronomers have detected radio waves emitted by isopropyl cyanide.
DDO68, once one of the best candidates so far discovered for a newly formed galaxy in our cosmic neighborhood, might be older than it looks.
The image shows the planet from an altitude of 22,700 miles (36,500 kilometers) in three ultraviolet wavelength bands.
New work has found that much of our solar system’s water likely originated as ices that formed in interstellar space.
Astronomers have found water vapor in the atmosphere of a planet about four times bigger than Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
Scientists of the Planck collaboration have conducted a series of in-depth checks on the discovery recently publicized by the BICEP2 project, which announced that it had detected some direct effects of gravitational waves on cosmic microwave background radiation.
A new model proposes that a star that oscillates at the same frequency as a gravitational wave will absorb energy from that wave and brighten.
This may help explain why some T Tauri stars have disks that glow weirdly in infrared light while others shine in a more expected fashion.
Typical massive stars could have produced this star’s elemental abundance if they underwent a special type of explosion.
MAVEN will study the martian atmosphere to improve scientists' understanding of its history, how the climate has changed over time, and how that has influenced the evolution of the surface and the potential habitability of the planet.
While pulsars are often behind these gamma rays in our galaxy, other sources can be as well, including the outer shells of the supernova remnants, X-ray binary stars, and star-formation regions.
The results could be an indicator that the excess positrons in the flux is an indicator of dark matter particles annihilating into pairs of electrons and positrons.
This suggests that there may be many more supermassive black holes that astronomers have missed, and tells them more about the formation of these incredibly dense galaxies.
After insertion, MAVEN will begin its one-Earth-year primary mission to take measurements of the composition, structure, and escape of gases in Mars’ upper atmosphere and its interaction with the Sun and solar wind.
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.