Astronomy

  1. Astronomy

    Cassini at Jupiter: Eyeing the Io torus

    The Cassini spacecraft has captured the most detailed images ever taken of the Io torus, a doughnut-shaped ring of charged particles that surrounds Jupiter and is replenished by the planet's moon Io.

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    Ancient Mars water: A deep source?

    A new analysis of a Mars meteorite that fell to Earth suggests that much of the water believed to have once flowed on the surface of the Red Planet came from eruptions of molten rock that originated deep within the planet.

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    Distant cluster suggests low-weight cosmos

    Lured by the radio beacon of a faraway galaxy, astronomers have discovered the most distant cluster of galaxies known in the universe.

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    Old stars reveal universe’s minimum age

    Using a technique more precise than ever before, an international team of researchers has estimated the age of the universe to be at least 12.5 billion years old.

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    Pulsar ages may need refiguring

    New images taken by the Chandra X-ray Observatory confirm that a known pulsar, a rapidly spinning neutron star, was born in a supernova explosion that Chinese astronomers witnessed in 386 A.D. and call into question how astronomers traditionally compute the ages of pulsars.

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    Cloudy puzzle on Uranus

    Astronomers can’t explain the seemingly ephemeral nature of bright clouds seen on the northernmost sunlit edge of Uranus.

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    Peering at black holes: An eventful look

    Two new studies provide supporting evidence for event horizons, the one-way membranes that surround black holes.

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  8. Astronomy

    Eerie Sounds of Space

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  9. Astronomy

    A Jovian moon lost and found

    After 25 years, astronomers have relocated a tiny satellite of Jupiter.

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    A trio of new planets

    With the discovery of three additional planets that lie outside the solar system, astronomers have now found evidence of more than 50 extrasolar planets.

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    Astronomers find two planetary systems

    Each of the newly discovered systems features a star roughly similar to the sun and a bizarre entourage of planets and possibly a failed star that may provide fresh insight into planet formation.

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    X rays unveil secret lives of black holes

    New studies challenge the notion that supermassive black holes finished growing soon after their host galaxies formed and suggest new ways to find these black holes and measure their mass.

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