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The instrument finally detected the long-sought radio emission coming from M32’s supermassive black hole.
Kepler-138b is less than a tenth of Earth’s mass and half its size.
Researchers determined that galaxy NGC 1097 harbors a black hole 140 million times more massive than our Sun.
The discovery hints at the possibility that methane could be used as a food source by rudimentary forms of life beneath the martian surface.
These massive, previously purely theoretical stars were the creators of the elements necessary to forge the universe we see today.
The photos show an increasingly complex surface with clear evidence of discrete equatorial bright and dark regions.
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.
Researchers theorize that some “warm Neptune” exoplanets could have helium-enriched atmospheres after their hydrogen boiled off.
It appears the lander also was awake once before on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko but couldn't contact its team on Earth.
The presence of a stratosphere can provide clues about the composition of a planet and how it formed.
These observations of the red giant star L2 Puppis also clearly show a close stellar companion.
The supermassive black hole in NGC 5813 has erupted at least three times, with the latest still occurring.
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.
Researchers from the OSIRIS team believe that the increasing heating-up of Comet 67P is responsible for newly observed night activity.
The video is based on observations of Ceres that were taken from Dawn’s first mapping orbit.
The new observations reveal star-forming clumps in the galaxy equivalent to giant versions of the Orion Nebula.
Like they do on Earth, these deposits might provide a window into the possibility of past life on the Red Planet.
Using WISE, researchers have discovered more than 400 dust-shrouded nurseries of stars that have helped them trace the shape of our galaxy’s spiral arms.
The three proposals each offer the chance to tackle some of the major outstanding scientific questions about our place in the universe.