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Astronomers have discovered and mapped an enormous structure in the early universe with a mass the equivalent to one million billion times that of the Sun. The proto-supercluster, which has been dramatically named Hyperion after the Titan of Greek mythology, is estimated to have formed only 2.3 billion years after the creation of the cosmos in the Big Bang... Continue Reading Astronomers d
Astronomers using the Keck Observatory have detected some strange objects at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. At a glance they look like ordinary clouds of gas, but they seem to have a more solid core that keeps them together. The truth may lie somewhere in-between. These G-objects, as they're known, seem to be stars hiding under puffy shrouds of dust... Continue Reading Astronomers det
Astronomers have captured the most detailed view to date of the region of space surrounding the famous Tarantula Nebula – a 1,000 light-year wide swirling cloud of cosmic gas, the core of which is illuminated by some of the brightest and most massive stars ever detected. The environment surrounding the Tarantula Nebula can be seen in glorious detail, dotted with smaller stellar nurseries,
An international team of astronomers has discovered an asteroid orbiting the Sun at roughly the same distance as Jupiter, that appears to have originated from another solar system. The imaginatively named asteroid 2015 BZ509 could have immigrated to our little pocket of the universe from a neighboring stellar body billions of years ago, at a time when our Sun was still embedded in a coloss
An important arm of exoplanet research involves the study of the atmospheres that surround these distant worlds. The molecules they hold can reveal valuable insights into what kind conditions can be found there – along with ones that cannot. Such is the case for scientists studying WASP-96b, who are now claiming to have discovered the first exoplanet to be free of clouds... Continue Readin
Five decades of common knowledge about the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies has been turned on its head, with astronomers at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) discovering that our nearest galactic neighbor, rather than being two to three times bigger, is roughly the same size as the galaxy we call home...Continue Reading Astronomers bring Andromeda down to sizeCate
The supermassive black holes lurking at the center of galaxies have been known to chow down on anything unlucky enough to pass too close, but the opportunity to see that in action rarely occurs at the Milky Way's quiet core. Now, astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observatory in Chile have imaged a very active black hole at the center of spiral galaxy M7
Incredibly powerful but gone in a flash, mysterious signals known as Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are regularly detected in all corners of the sky. A repeating signal known as FRB 121102 was already the weirdest one out there, but now an international team of astronomers has found that this oddball is even odder than previously thought. The radio waves from FRB 121102 are being "twisted" to an ex
An international team of astronomers has completed the deepest spectroscopic survey of the early universe ever undertaken, collecting data on 1,600 galaxies, and discovering 72 previously unknown candidate galaxies. The scientists observed a tiny patch of sky that had before served as the subject for the now-famous 2004 Hubble Ultra Deep Field images (HUDF)...Continue Reading Astronomers peer


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