In an exciting example of international collaboration, a Qatar astronomer teamed with scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and other institutions to discover a new alien world. This "hot Jupiter," named Qatar-1b, adds to the growing...
Dec. 13, 2010: On August 1, 2010, an entire hemisphere of the sun erupted. Filaments of magnetism snapped and exploded, shock waves raced across the stellar surface, billion-ton clouds of hot gas billowed into space. Astronomers knew they had witnessed something big.
It was so big, it may have...
Stars known as red dwarfs might be far more common than previously thought, enough to triple the total number of stars known in the universe, a new study suggests.
These new findings could also boost the number of planets that could harbor life, astronomers announced today (Dec. 1).
Prominent British-born astronomer and comet-chaser Brian Marsden has died at the age of 73 after a long illness, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said.
Marsden was best known for predicting the return of Comet Swift-Tuttle in 1992, and played a key role in the "demotion" of Pluto...
The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) is a planned space mission to detect and accurately measure gravitational waves from astronomical sources.
LISA is a joint effort between the United States space agency NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). LISA was recommended...
The delays and billion-dollar cost overruns afflicting NASA's next-generation space telescope stem from long-standing budgeting and management problems that began nearly a decade ago, an independent review panel has found.
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope can launch no earlier than September...
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WASHINGTON — NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has unveiled a previously unseen structure centered in the Milky Way. The feature spans 50,000 light-years and may be the remnant of an eruption from a supersized black hole at the center of our galaxy.
“What we see are two...
Scientists have detected two gigantic bubbles of high-energy radiation spilling out from the Milky Way's center that may have erupted from a supermassive black hole.
The mysterious structures each span 25,000 light-years across, and are emitting gamma rays, the highest-energy wavelength of...
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Two huge, unexplained gamma ray emitting bubbles have been discovered at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, US astronomers said Tuesday.
Masked by a fog of gamma rays that appears throughout the sky, the bubbles form a feature spanning 50,000 light-years and could be the...
Hanny’s Voorwerp represents a snapshot in time that reveals clues about the life cycle of black holes.
While sorting through hundreds of galaxy images as part of the Galaxy Zoo citizen science project 2 years ago, Dutch schoolteacher and volunteer astronomer Hanny van Arkel stumbled upon a...
Astronomers using the South Pole Telescope report that they have discovered the most massive galaxy cluster ever. It lies at a distance of around 7 billion light-years away.
In fact there are several galaxies located in one find. The cluster designated SPT-CL J0546-5345 weighs in at over 800...
Scientists say they have uncovered firm evidence that Mars's biggest moon, Phobos, is made from rocks blasted off the Martian surface in a catastrophic event.
The origin of Mars's satellites Phobos and Deimos is a long-standing puzzle.
It has been suggested that both moons could be asteroids...
The Pyramid Code - Ep - 1 Ep 2
The Pyramid Code is a documentary series of 5 episodes that explores the pyramid fields and ancient temples in Egypt as well as ancient megalithic sites around the world looking for clues to matriarchal consciousness, ancient knowledge and sophisticated...
William Gutsch, Ph.D., graduate of Saint Peter's College, class of 1967, and distinguished professor in the College of Arts and Sciences/School of Business Administration at Saint Peter's, has been elected to be the next president of the Board of Directors of the Astronomical Society of the...
A newly discovered star outside the Milky Way has yielded important clues about our galaxy's evolution. Located in the dwarf galaxy Sculptor some 280,000 light-years away, the star has a chemical make-up similar to the Milky Way's oldest stars, supporting theories that our galaxy grew by...
Using entire galaxies as lenses to look at other galaxies, researchers have a new precise way to measure the size and age of the universe and how rapidly it is expanding, on a par with other techniques. The measurement determines a value for the Hubble constant, which indicates the size of the...
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Astronomers studying two exploding stars, or supernovae, have found evidence that the blasts received an extra boost from newborn black holes. The supernovae were found to emit jets of particles traveling at more than half the speed of light.
Previously, the only catastrophic events known to...
Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's (ESPO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) have detected a stellar-mass black hole in another galaxy, farther away than any other previously known. With a mass above 15 times that of the Sun, this is also the second most massive stellar-mass black...