Astronomy

Earth-sized telescope tracks the aftermath of a star being swallowed by a supermassive black hole

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 04:00
One dramatic consequence is that some of the star's material, stripped from the star and collected around the black hole, can be ejected in extremely narrow beams of particles at speeds approaching the speed of light.
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Astronomers may have spotted a direct collapse black hole

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 04:00
These direct-collapse black holes may be the solution to a long-standing puzzle in astronomy: How did supermassive black holes form in the early epochs of the universe?
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Hitomi managed to capture some starting data before its untimely demise

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 04:00
Hitomi met an untimely, violent end, but before that, it got an incredible glimpse of one of the largest structures in the universe.
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Here is how Juno will study Jupiter

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 17:00
Juno is equipped with 9 scientific instruments all dedicated to studying the largest planet in the solar system.
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Hubble gets five more years to dazzle us

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 14:30
NASA has renewed the Hubble Space Telescope's operational contract until 2021. Here's a timeline of it's last 26 years.
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Phobos and Deimos may harbor clues to Mars' violent past

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 04:00
A new theory introduces the idea that Mars' two moons, Phobos and Deimos, were created after an intense Martian collision.
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This is what Juno saw just before its Jupiter encounter

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 04:00
Just before the orbital insertion, Juno took this video.
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ALMA finds a swirling cool jet that reveals a growing supermassive black hole

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 04:00
The jet in NGC 1377 reveals the presence of a supermassive black hole, but it has even more to tell us.
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Juno successfully enters orbit around Jupiter

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 04:00
After a 35 minute burn, the craft is now the second to orbit Jupiter.
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Why Juno's journey will eventually end with a death plunge

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 19:30
NASA’s Juno mission will arrive at Jupiter on the Fourth of July, after traveling some 1.7 billion miles through the solar system, and prepare to insert itself into orbit around the gas giant. If everything goes smoothly, it will orbit the planet pole-to-pole 37 times, gathering data on Jupiter’s composition, magnetic field, core, poles and much more. And then, with its mission over, it will point itself at the planet and dive to a fiery death within the churning maelstrom that is Ju
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What's next for Jupiter missions after Juno?

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 17:00
Even after Juno's studies of Jupiter are over, studies of our largest planet and its moons will continue
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How the fastest spacecraft ever will enter orbit around Jupiter

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 04:00
For 35 perilous minutes, Juno will be in a make-or-break rocket burn to get into polar orbit around Jupiter.
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Keep an eye on Jupiter during the Juno flyby with Slooh Observatory

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 04:00
NASA's return to Jupiter provides an excellent chance to watch the splendor of our largest planet from afar.
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New Horizons and Dawn both get mission extensions

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 04:00
New Horizons will be heading to the Kuiper Belt, while Dawn will stay at Ceres.
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Prehistoric humans may have used some gravesites as observatories

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 04:00
The positioning of certain ancient "passive grave" sites indicates they also have have been used as a way to observe the heavens.
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Strange ripples found on Mars

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 18:00
A never before seen type of wind ripple has been found on the Red Planet.
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Rosetta finale set for September 30

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 04:00
The mission is coming to an end as a result of the spacecraft’s ever-increasing distance from the Sun and Earth.
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Ultra-Deep Survey unveils observations of largest ever swath of deep universe

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 04:00
Data on over 250,000 galaxies going back 13 billion years will show how galaxies change over time.
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Hubble captures vivid aurorae in Jupiter’s atmosphere

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 04:00
This observation program is supported by measurements made by NASA’s Juno spacecraft, currently on its way to Jupiter.
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Five things to know about NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 04:00
With Juno's mission officially underway this weekend, here's what you need to know about NASA's latest Jupiter explorer.
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