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Gaia hints at our Galaxy’s turbulent life
Our Milky Way galaxy is still enduring the effects of a near collision that set millions of stars moving like ripples on a pond, the Gaia star mapping mission has shown.
Publ.Date : Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:30:35 EDT

Looking back in time to watch for a different kind of black hole
A simulation has suggested what astronomers should look for if they search the skies for a direct collapse black hole in its early stages.
Publ.Date : Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:10:01 EDT

Wave-particle interactions allow collision-free energy transfer in space plasma
A team finds evidence of collisionless energy transfer occurring in the plasma of Earth's magnetosphere.
Publ.Date : Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:08:57 EDT

NASA's TESS shares first science image in hunt to find new worlds
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, which began science operations in July, has released its first full frame image using all four of its cameras.
Publ.Date : Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:36:50 EDT

Never-before-seen features found around a neutron star
An unusual infrared light emission from a nearby neutron star detected by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope could indicate new features never before seen.
Publ.Date : Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:43:09 EDT

Ice volcano activity on dwarf planet Ceres
Ice volcanoes on the dwarf planet Ceres generate enough material to fill one movie theater each year, new calculations show.
Publ.Date : Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:15:37 EDT

'Optical rocket' created with intense laser light
An experiment has demonstrated how the application of intense light boosts electrons to their highest attainable speeds.
Publ.Date : Fri, 14 Sep 2018 14:14:22 EDT

BUFFALO charges towards the earliest galaxies
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has started a new mission to shed light on the evolution of the earliest galaxies in the Universe. The BUFFALO survey will observe six massive galaxy clusters and their surroundings. The first observations show the galaxy cluster Abell 370 and a host of magnified, gravitationally lensed galaxies around it.
Publ.Date : Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:39:08 EDT

VLBA measures asteroid's characteristics
Astronomers took advantage of a celestial alignment to make a novel and creative radio observation yielding information about the size, shape, and orbit of an asteroid.
Publ.Date : Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:38:17 EDT

Stunning details of spiral galaxy NGC 3981
FORS2, an instrument mounted on ESO's Very Large Telescope, has observed the spiral galaxy NGC 3981 in all its glory. The image was captured as part of the ESO Cosmic Gems Programme, which makes use of the rare occasions when observing conditions are not suitable for gathering scientific data.
Publ.Date : Wed, 12 Sep 2018 08:13:01 EDT

Evidence of early planetary shake-up
Scientists have studied an unusual pair of asteroids and discovered that their existence points to an early planetary rearrangement in our solar system.
Publ.Date : Mon, 10 Sep 2018 11:12:35 EDT

Legacy of NASA's Dawn, near the end of its mission
NASA's Dawn mission is drawing to a close after 11 years of breaking new ground in planetary science, gathering breathtaking imagery, and performing unprecedented feats of spacecraft engineering.
Publ.Date : Fri, 07 Sep 2018 17:59:52 EDT

Curiosity rover surveys a mystery under dusty Martian skies
NASA's Curiosity rover recently surveyed its surroundings on Mars, producing a 360-degree panorama of its current location on Vera Rubin Ridge.
Publ.Date : Fri, 07 Sep 2018 17:56:33 EDT

Pluto should be reclassified as a planet, experts say
The reason Pluto lost its planet status is not valid, according to new research.
Publ.Date : Fri, 07 Sep 2018 11:04:22 EDT

Mysterious 'lunar swirls' point to moon's volcanic, magnetic past
The mystery behind lunar swirls, one of the solar system's most beautiful optical anomalies, may finally be solved. The solution hints at the dynamism of the moon's ancient past as a place with volcanic activity and an internally generated magnetic field. It also challenges our picture of the moon's existing geology.
Publ.Date : Thu, 06 Sep 2018 12:33:47 EDT

New exoplanet found very close to its star
Using data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, an international team has discovered a new exoplanet twice the size of Earth. It orbits its star every six days and is thus very close to it, about 10 times closer than Mercury is to the Sun.
Publ.Date : Wed, 05 Sep 2018 16:19:34 EDT

Saturn's famous hexagon may tower above the clouds
The long-lived international Cassini mission has revealed a surprising feature emerging at Saturn's northern pole as it nears summertime: a warming, high-altitude vortex with a hexagonal shape, akin to the famous hexagon seen deeper down in Saturn's clouds.
Publ.Date : Wed, 05 Sep 2018 15:54:44 EDT

Radio observations confirm superfast jet of material from neutron star merger
The supersharp radio 'vision' of a continent-wide collection of radio telescopes has answered an outstanding question about the aftermath of a merger of two neutron stars.
Publ.Date : Wed, 05 Sep 2018 13:18:34 EDT

Boosting gravitational wave detectors with quantum tricks
A group of scientists will soon start developing a new line of technical equipment in order to dramatically improve gravitational wave detectors. If the scientists are able to improve the gravitational wave detectors as much as they 'realistically expect can be done,' the detectors will be able to monitor and carry out measurements in an eight times bigger volume of space than what is currently possible.
Publ.Date : Tue, 04 Sep 2018 11:47:39 EDT

Telescope maps cosmic rays in Large and Small Magellanic Clouds
A radio telescope in outback Western Australia has been used to observe radiation from cosmic rays in two neighbouring galaxies, showing areas of star formation and echoes of past supernovae.
Publ.Date : Tue, 04 Sep 2018 11:47:30 EDT