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The new maps show regions of the sky that produce anomalous microwave emission.
These regularly spaced patches are each hundreds of miles across.
A special session at the National Astronomy Meeting has been convened for astronomers to take stock of the evidence and stimulate further investigation of cosmology beyond the standard model.
Pluto’s reddish color has been known for decades, but New Horizons is now allowing scientists to correlate the color of different places on the surface with their geology and soon with their compositions.
A team of scientists using NuSTAR detected high-energy X-rays from five supermassive black holes previously clouded from direct view by dust and gas.
Although scientists thought this is how planets form, this is the first time they’ve actually seen the process in action.
Preparations are ongoing to resume the originally planned science operations July 7 and to conduct the entire close flyby sequence as planned.
These circular pits on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko likely formed when ices beneath the surface turned directly to gas.
Not finding new moons or rings is a bit of a scientific surprise, but as a result, no engine burn is needed to steer clear of potential hazards.
Such “supercritical accretion” produces powerful outflows in the form of a dense disk wind coming from these ultra-luminous X-ray sources.
NGC 2367 is an infant stellar grouping that lies at the center of an immense and ancient structure on the margins of the Milky Way.
Scientists have identified 120 bright regions on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Scientists on the New Horizons team have found that the “close approach hemisphere” on Pluto has the greatest variety of terrain types seen on the planet so far.
New research from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has identified one such candidate, seemingly looking billions of years younger than its actual age.
Since June 15, the black hole/star system V404 Cygni has featured repeated bright X-ray flashes on time scales shorter than an hour.
A large sector of the giant elliptical galaxy’s outer halo now appears twice as bright as it would if the collision had not taken place.
The spiral waves around Beta Pictoris appear to account for many observed features in the planetary system.
The find suggests that even though normal galaxies in the early cosmos were already brimming with carbon, they were not nearly as chemically evolved as similar galaxies seen a few billion years later.
Given this planet’s small size, it may offer clues to how hot super-Earths are born around other stars through the evaporation of their outer layers of hydrogen.
While we don’t yet know what dark matter is, we do know it interacts with the rest of the universe through gravity, which means it must accumulate around supermassive black holes.