Gravitational wave kicks monster black hole out of galactic core

Astronomers have uncovered a supermassive black hole that has been propelled out of the center of the distant galaxy 3C 186. The black hole was most likely ejected by the power of gravitational waves. …

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Astronomers find unexpected, dust-obscured star formation in distant galaxy

Pushing the limits of the largest single-aperture millimeter telescope in the world, and coupling it with gravitational lensing, astronomers report that they have detected a surprising rate of star formation, four times higher than previously detected, in a dust-obscured galaxy behind a Frontier Fields cluster. …

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Water on the Exoplanet 51 Pegasi b! (Video)

Join us as we discuss the discovery and observations of 51 Pegasi b and how they arrived at the exciting result that the planet’s atmosphere contains water. …

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New portal to unveil the dark sector of the universe

Once upon a time, the Universe was just a hot soup of particles. In those days, together with visible particles, other particles to us hidden or dark might have formed. Billions of years later scientists catalogued 17 types of visible particles, with the most recent one being the Higgs boson, creating the ‘Standard Model’. However, they are still struggling to detect the hidden particles, the ones that constitute the dark sector of the Universe. …

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Astronauts Capture Great Views of Mount Etna Eruption

Mount Etna is Europe’s most active volcano, and it’s been spouting off since late February 2017. It spewed lava and gas with a rather big eruption last week, where 10 people were actually injured. The Expedition 50 crew on board the International Space Station have been able to capture both day and nighttime views of […]
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Curiosity’s Battered Wheels Show First Breaks

A routine check by the Curiosity science team revealed that breaks have formed in the rover’s left middle wheel since they last checked in January of 2017.
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Why Doesn’t Earth Have Rings?

You’d think Saturn has all the luck, with its awesome rings. But it turns out, living on a planet with rings has consequences, like an impending global apocalypse.
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SpaceX & NASA Studying 2020 Landing Sites For Dragon

SpaceX and NASA have identified 4 possible locations for the first Dragon journey to Mars in 2020.
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Upper part of Earth’s magnetic field reveals details of a dramatic past

Satellites have been mapping the upper part of the Earth magnetic field by collecting data for three years and found some amazing features about the Earth’s crust. The result is the release of highest resolution map of this field seen from space to date. This ‘lithospheric magnetic field’ is very weak and therefore difficult to detect and map from space. But with the Swarm satellites it has been possible. …

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Fledgling stars try to prevent their neighbors from birthing planets

Stars don’t have to be massive to evaporate material from around nearby stars and affect their ability to form planets, a new study suggests. …

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What’s the Difference Between a Rocket and Space Plane? Amazing Hand-Drawn Animations Explain It All

You gotta love Earth’s atmosphere. It basically makes life (as we know it) possible on our planet by providing warmth and air to breathe, as well as protecting us from nasty space things like radiation and smaller asteroids. But for studying space (i.e., astronomy) or coming back to Earth from space, the atmosphere is a […]
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