Astronomy

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  1. Didier Queloz, Michel Mayor, James Peebles
    Physics

    Physics Nobel awarded for discoveries about the universe’s evolution and exoplanets

    Three scientists share the 2019 Nobel Prize in physics for revealing what makes up our cosmos and for finding the first planet orbiting a sunlike star.

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  2. Exoplanet K2 18b
    Space

    Why just being in the habitable zone doesn’t make exoplanets livable

    A reignited debate over whether a new planet is habitable highlights the difficult science of seeking alien life.

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  3. galaxy cluster
    Space

    A new image reveals the structure of the cosmic web

    Newly spotted tendrils of gas within a forming cluster of galaxies support scientists’ theory of the cosmos.

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  4. black hole simulation
    Space

    NASA’s new black hole visualizations showcase how gravity warps light

    Images from computer simulations highlight how the extreme gravity of a black hole tampers with light rays emanating from its accretion disk to create weird patterns.

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  5. fast radio burst
    Space

    This fast radio burst shined a light on a galaxy’s mysterious gas halo

    A lucky alignment let astronomers probe one galaxy’s diffuse gas using a brief, bright blast from a more distant galaxy.

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  6. Julián Alvarado Gómez
    Astronomy

    How an astrophysicist chased a star from the Halo games to real life

    Julián Alvarado Gómez has devoted his career to a star called Iota Horologii. His former life as a Halo video gamer helps fuel that devotion.

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  7. black hole illustration
    Space

    The Milky Way’s supermassive black hole reached record brightness this year

    The big black hole at the center of the galaxy recently flared twice as bright as ever seen before in near-infrared wavelengths.

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  8. Exoplanet K2 18b
    Astronomy

    This may be the first known exoplanet with rain and clouds of water droplets

    For the first time, astronomers have detected water vapor and possibly signs of clouds and even rain in the air of a potentially habitable exoplanet.

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  9. MeerKAT telescope array
    Astronomy

    Giant radio bubbles spew from near the Milky Way’s central black hole

    New structures found at the heart of our galaxy join other bubbles, chimneys and filaments that hint at a turbulent past.

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