Astronomy

The Very Large Array reveals “bashful” black hole in neighboring galaxy

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:00
The instrument finally detected the long-sought radio emission coming from M32’s supermassive black hole.
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Exoplanet smaller than Earth gets its size and mass measured

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:00
Kepler-138b is less than a tenth of Earth’s mass and half its size.
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ALMA weighs supermassive black hole at center of distant spiral galaxy

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:00
Researchers determined that galaxy NGC 1097 harbors a black hole 140 million times more massive than our Sun.
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Scientists find methane in Mars meteorites

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:00
The discovery hints at the possibility that methane could be used as a food source by rudimentary forms of life beneath the martian surface.
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The Very Large Telescope discovers brightest distant galaxy and signs of Population III stars

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:00
These massive, previously purely theoretical stars were the creators of the elements necessary to forge the universe we see today.
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Different faces of Pluto emerging in new images from New Horizons

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 18:30
The photos show an increasingly complex surface with clear evidence of discrete equatorial bright and dark regions.
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Lab mimicry opens a window to the deep interiors of stars and planets

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 04:00
A team of scientists used techniques to mimic stellar and planetary conditions to observe how noble gases behave in order to better understand the atmospheric and internal chemistry of these celestial objects.
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Helium-shrouded planets may be common in our galaxy

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 04:00
Researchers theorize that some “warm Neptune” exoplanets could have helium-enriched atmospheres after their hydrogen boiled off.
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Rosetta's Philae lander wakes up from hibernation

Astronomy Magazine - Sun, 06/14/2015 - 04:00
It appears the lander also was awake once before on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko but couldn't contact its team on Earth.
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The Hubble Telescope detects “sunscreen” layer on distant planet

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:00
The presence of a stratosphere can provide clues about the composition of a planet and how it formed.
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SPHERE reveals earliest stage of planetary nebula formation

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:00
These observations of the red giant star L2 Puppis also clearly show a close stellar companion.
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Chandra finds evidence for serial black hole eruptions

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 04:00
The supermassive black hole in NGC 5813 has erupted at least three times, with the latest still occurring.
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Bright spots shine in newest Dawn Ceres images

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 04:00
The spots consist of many individual bright points of differing sizes with a central cluster, but scientists still don’t know an explanation for them.
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Sunset jets on Rosetta’s comet

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 04:00
Researchers from the OSIRIS team believe that the increasing heating-up of Comet 67P is responsible for newly observed night activity.
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Fly over Ceres in new video

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 04:00
The video is based on observations of Ceres that were taken from Dawn’s first mapping orbit.
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ALMA’s observation of Einstein ring reveals extraordinary detail

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 04:00
The new observations reveal star-forming clumps in the galaxy equivalent to giant versions of the Orion Nebula.
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NASA spacecraft detects impact glass on surface of Mars

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 04:00
Like they do on Earth, these deposits might provide a window into the possibility of past life on the Red Planet.
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