Astronomy

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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“X” marks a curious corner on Pluto’s icy plains

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 05:00
The New Horizons spacecraft shows some intriguing surface activity in the latest picture of Pluto.
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The case of the missing quasar

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 05:00
Astronomers can’t find any sign of the black hole at the center of a quasar. It is still there, of course, but over the past 10 years, it appears to have swallowed all the gas in its vicinity and gone quiet.
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Proof that some galaxies are “LIERs”

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 05:00
A new study reveals the true origin of puzzling light from nearby galaxies — white dwarfs, not central black holes, explain these observations.
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