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Hubble Views A Tadpole Galaxy

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This new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a cosmic tadpole, with its bright head and elongated tail, wriggling through the inky black pool of space.


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Gravity Waves and Black Hole Collisions

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Black Hole Formation

Scientists led by Durham University's Institute for Computational Cosmology ran the huge cosmological simulations that can be used to predict the rate at which gravitational waves caused by collisions between the monster black holes might be detected.

Precisely Measuring The Distance of Brown Dwarfs

Precisely Measuring The Distance of Brown Dwarfs

Brown dwarfs are sometimes called failed stars. They're stars' dim, low-mass siblings and they fade in brightness over time.


Simulations Foresee Hordes of Colliding Black Holes

Simulations Foresee Hordes of Colliding Black Holes

New calculations predict that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO) will detect approximately 1,000 mergers of massive black holes annually once it achieves full sensitivity early next decade.


Modeling The Universe With Einstein's Full Theory of General Relativity

Modeling The Universe With Einstein's Full Theory of General Relativity

Research teams on both sides of the Atlantic have shown that precise modeling of the universe and its contents will change the detailed understanding of the evolution of the universe and the growth of structure in it.


Dormant Black Hole Eats A Star - Becomes X-ray Flashlight

Dormant Black Hole Eats A Star - Becomes X-ray Flashlight

Roughly 90 percent of the biggest black holes in the known universe are dormant, meaning that they are not actively devouring matter and, consequently, not giving off any light or other radiation.


First Wind Nebula Discovered Around A Magnetar

First Wind Nebula Discovered Around A Magnetar

Astronomers have discovered a vast cloud of high-energy particles called a wind nebula around a rare ultra-magnetic neutron star, or magnetar, for the first time.


Young Super-Neptune Offers Clues to The Origin of Close-In Exoplanets

Young Super-Neptune Offers Clues to The Origin of Close-In Exoplanets

A team of astronomers has confirmed the existence of a young planet, only 11 million years old, that orbits very close to its star (at 0.05 AU), with an orbital period of 5.4 days.


There Are More Giant Planets in Messier 67 Than We Thought

There Are More Giant Planets in Messier 67 Than We Thought

An international team of astronomers have found that there are far more planets of the hot Jupiter type than expected in a cluster of stars called Messier 67.


ALMA Observes Most Distant Oxygen Ever

ALMA Observes Most Distant Oxygen Ever

A team of astronomers has used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to detect glowing oxygen in a distant galaxy seen just 700 million years after the Big Bang.


Gravitational Waves Detected from Second Pair of Colliding Black Holes

Gravitational Waves Detected from Second Pair of Colliding Black Holes

On December 26, 2015, at 03:38:53 UTC, scientists observed gravitational waves -- ripples in the fabric of spacetime -- for the second time.


Hungry Star May Hold Clues to Planet Formation

Hungry Star May Hold Clues to Planet Formation

In 1936, the young star FU Orionis began gobbling material from its surrounding disk of gas and dust with a sudden voraciousness.


Smaller Stars Pack Big X-ray Punch for Would-Be Planets

Smaller Stars Pack Big X-ray Punch for Would-Be Planets

Young stars much less massive than the Sun can unleash a torrent of X-ray radiation that can significantly shorten the lifetime of planet-forming disks surrounding these stars.


World Atlas of Artificial Sky Brightness

World Atlas of Artificial Sky Brightness

The Milky Way, the brilliant river of stars that has dominated the night sky and human imaginations since time immemorial, is but a faded memory to one third of humanity and 80 percent of Americans.


Video Report: LISA Pathfinder Results

Video Report: LISA Pathfinder Results Video in Story

Launched in December 2015, LISA Pathfinder travelled to its operational orbit, 1.5 million km from earth towards the Sun, where it started its scientific mission on 1 March.


A Black Hole With An Appetite for Cold, Cosmic Rain

A Black Hole With An Appetite for Cold, Cosmic Rain

In a new study to be published June 9, 2016 in the journal Nature, a Yale-led team of astronomers found a supermassive black hole about to devour clouds of cold, clumpy gas hurtling toward it.


LISA Pathfinder Exceeds Expectations

LISA Pathfinder Exceeds Expectations

ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission has demonstrated the technology needed to build a space-based gravitational wave observatory.


Japan OISTER Collaboration Uncovers the Origin of Extraordinary Supernovae

Japan OISTER Collaboration Uncovers the Origin of Extraordinary Supernovae

Astronomers using the OISTER telescope consortium in Japan have uncovered new information about the origin of 'extraordinary supernovae' explosions, which are brighter than normal ones.



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