Astronomy

  1. an illustration of a distant galaxy
    Astronomy

    In a first, telescopes tracked a lone fast radio burst to a faraway galaxy

    First-time observations suggest that the cause of one-time fast radio bursts is different from what triggers repeatedly flashing radio bursts.

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  2. 51 Pegasi
    Astronomy

    A new algorithm finds nearby stars that could host hidden worlds

    An algorithm dubbed “Netflix for exoplanets” identified more than 350 stars that, based on their chemistry, might have planets orbiting out of sight.

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  3. Crab Nebula
    Astronomy

    The highest-energy photons ever seen hail from the Crab Nebula

    An experiment in Tibet spotted photons with over 100 trillion electron volts of energy.

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  4. cosmic Cow
    Astronomy

    The cosmic ‘Cow’ may be a strange supernova

    New observations suggest the strange bright burst called the ‘Cow’ was a supernova, rather than a shredded star.

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  5. Astronomy

    Readers boggled by black hole behemoth

    Readers had questions about the first image of a black hole and a chytrid fungus.

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  6. Europa
    Astronomy

    Table salt may be hiding in Europa’s underground sea

    Observations of Europa by the Hubble Space Telescope suggest that the moon’s ice-covered ocean may hold sodium chloride, or common table salt.

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  7. superflare illustration
    Astronomy

    Massive superflares have been seen erupting from stars like the sun

    Older stars, like the sun, can still send out massive bursts of energy that can be seen from light-years away.

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  8. Antilia 2 galaxy
    Astronomy

    Astronomers may have spotted the ghost galaxy that hit the Milky Way long ago

    Astronomers think they’ve identified a galaxy that hit the Milky Way and ruffled its edges millions of years ago.

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  9. solar satellite
    Astronomy

    50 years ago, scientists wanted to build solar panels on the moon

    In 1969, scientists proposed building solar panels on the moon to convert the sun’s energy into electricity that can be used on Earth.

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  10. galaxy clusters Abell 0399 and Abell 0401
    Astronomy

    In a first, magnetic fields have been spotted between two galaxy clusters

    The discovery of magnetic fields in the gaseous filament between two galaxy clusters suggests that some large cosmic structures are magnetized.

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  11. center of Milky Way
    Astronomy

    The accretion disk around our galaxy’s black hole has been spotted at last

    The Milky Way's central black hole has a disk of gas and dust orbiting it, astronomers can finally say with confidence.

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  12. solar eclipse
    Astronomy

    Watch the oldest surviving film of a total solar eclipse

    A short film of the 1900 total solar eclipse was restored by conservation experts and is now available to view online.

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