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Inhibiting Star Formation Now And In The Early Universe

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Star Cluster

The international University of California, Riverside-led SpARCS collaboration has discovered four of the most distant clusters of galaxies ever found, as they appeared when the universe was only 4 billion years old.


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ALMA Finds Unexpected Trove of Gas Around Larger Stars

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Gas cloud

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) surveyed dozens of young stars -- some Sun-like and others approximately double that size -- and discovered that the larger variety have surprisingly rich reservoirs of carbon monoxide gas in their debris disks.

WISE, Fermi Missions Reveal a Surprising Blazar Connection

WISE, Fermi Missions Reveal a Surprising Blazar Connection

Astronomers studying distant galaxies powered by monster black holes have uncovered an unexpected link between two very different wavelengths of the light they emit, the mid-infrared and gamma rays.


Astronomers Identify a Young Heavyweight Star in the Milky Way

Astronomers Identify a Young Heavyweight Star in the Milky Way

Astronomers have identified a young star, located almost 11,000 light years away, which could help us understand how the most massive stars in the Universe are formed.


The Future of the Hubble Space Telescope (Part 1 and 2)

The Future of the Hubble Space Telescope (Part 1 and 2) Video in Story

In April 2016 the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope celebrated its 26th year in orbit. More than a quarter of a century of intriguing observations and remarkable discoveries. But what is there left for Hubble, and the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope, to do?


G11.2-0.3 Is Not A Historically Observed Supernova

G11.2-0.3 Is Not A Historically Observed Supernova

A new look at the debris from an exploded star in our galaxy has astronomers re-examining when the supernova actually happened.


Astronomy Shown To Be Set in Standing Stone

Astronomy Shown To Be Set in Standing Stone

University of Adelaide research has for the first time statistically proven that the earliest standing stone monuments of Britain, the great circles, were constructed specifically in line with the movements of the Sun and Moon, 5000 years ago.


Hubble's View of M1-67 Nebula

Hubble's View of M1-67 Nebula

This dramatic burst of colour shows a cosmic object with an equally dramatic history. Enveloped within striking, billowing clouds of gas and dust that form a nebula known as M1-67, sits a bright star named Hen 2-427 (otherwise known as WR 124).


Brown Dwarfs Reveal Exoplanets' Secrets

Brown Dwarfs Reveal Exoplanets' Secrets

Brown dwarfs are smaller than stars, but more massive than giant planets. As such, they provide a natural link between astronomy and planetary science.


Hubble Uncovers a Galaxy Pair Coming In from the Wilderness

Hubble Uncovers a Galaxy Pair Coming In from the Wilderness

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered two tiny dwarf galaxies that have wandered from a vast cosmic wilderness into a nearby "big city" packed with galaxies.


Messier 18 in Sagittarius

Messier 18 in Sagittarius

Messier 18 was discovered and catalogued in 1764 by Charles Messier -- for whom the Messier Objects are named -- during his search for comet-like objects.


IceCube Search for Sterile Neutrino Fails To Find It

IceCube Search for Sterile Neutrino Fails To Find It

In an effort to fill in the blanks of the Standard Model of particle physics, science has been conducting a diligent search for a hypothesized particle known as the "sterile neutrino."


Measuring Oxygen In A Distant Galaxy

Measuring Oxygen In A Distant Galaxy

UCLA astronomers have made the first accurate measurement of the abundance of oxygen in a distant galaxy.


New Type of Exotic Binary Star

New Type of Exotic Binary Star

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, along with other telescopes on the ground and in space, have discovered a new type of exotic binary star


Supernova DEM L316A As Seen By Hubble

Supernova DEM L316A As Seen By Hubble

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image captures the remnants of a long-dead star.


What's up for August 2016

What's up for August 2016

How to spot Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, as well as the and the annual Perseid meteor shower.


Galaxy NGC 3125 As Seen By Hubble

Galaxy NGC 3125 As Seen By Hubble

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the vibrant core of the galaxy NGC 3125.


Black Holes Sing in X-Rays

Black Holes Sing in X-Rays

Supermassive black holes in the universe are like a raucous choir singing in the language of X-rays



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