Astronomy

The aliens are silent because they are extinct

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:00
In research aiming to understand how life might develop, scientists realized new life would commonly die out due to runaway heating or cooling on their fledgling planets.
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Nearing the limits of life on Earth

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:00
Failure to find active microbes in coldest Antarctic soils has implications for the search for life on Mars.
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Researchers see signs of a real Planet X

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:00
The gravitational tug on outer solar system objects indicates this giant world -- if it exists -- would be 5,000 times more massive than Pluto and take up to 20,000 years to orbit the Sun.
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Green pea galaxy provides insights to early universe evolution

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 05:00
This type of galaxy represents a special and rare class in the nearby universe, and it is believed to host stellar explosions or winds strong enough to eject ionizing photons.
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Signs of second largest black hole in the Milky Way

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 05:00
Astronomers assume that this possible “intermediate mass” black hole is a key to understanding the birth of supermassive black holes located in the centers of galaxies.
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Most luminous galaxy is ripping itself apart

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 05:00
In this far-off galaxy, a ravenous black hole is devouring galactic grub. Its feeding frenzy produces so much energy, it stirs up gas across its entire galaxy.
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Brightest supernova ever seen pushes theoretical models to the edge

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 05:00
Researchers have discovered the brightest supernova ever seen, and the unusual object powering it could challenge what physicists know about dying stars.
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Rosetta team confirms water ice on Comet 67P’s surface

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 05:00
Although water vapor is the main gas seen flowing from Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, very few examples of exposed water ice have been found on the surface.
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New details on Ceres seen in Dawn images

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 05:00
Kupalo Crater has bright material exposed on its rim, which could be salts, and its flat floor likely formed from impact melt and debris.
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