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Astronomy: October 2017



Scientists from the University of Sheffield have moved a step closer to understanding nature's own Star Wars Death Star beams -- ultra powerful jets of energy that shoot out from the vicinity of black holes.


Using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered that the brightest galaxies within galaxy clusters "wobble" relative to the cluster's centre of mass.


Captured using the exceptional sky-surveying abilities of the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile, this deep view reveals the secrets of the luminous members of the Fornax Cluster, one of the richest and closest galaxy clusters to the Milky Way.


A Canadian-led international team of astronomers recently discovered that spots on the surface of a supergiant star are driving huge spiral structures in its stellar wind.


The glow from this titanic collision, shining within the galaxy NGC 4993 is at a distance of 130 million light-years away.


Hubble unveils a violent encounter of two galaxies becoming one, 250 million light-years away.


For the first time, researchers have simultaneously measured the gravitational waves and the light from two merging neutron stars.


On October 16, 2017, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Virgo Collaboration, and its partners announced the first observation of gravitational-waves from a pair of inspiraling neutron stars.


The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has observed for the first time the source of a gravitational wave, created by the merger of two neutron stars.


Astronomers have shed fresh light on the importance of hydrogen atoms in the birth of new stars.


A new, low-cost attachment to telescopes allows previously unachievable precision in ground-based observations of exoplanets -- planets beyond our solar system


Astronomers have identified a bumper crop of dual supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies.


One of the most mysterious stellar objects may be revealing some of its secrets at last.