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Some supermassive black holes didn’t emerge from star remnant

Some supermassive black holes didn’t emerge from star remnant

Some black holes such as stellar black holes are believed to form when the center of a very massive star collapses in upon itself....

Data visualization can reveal the nature of the universe

In applying scientific standards used to make models for understanding cell biology and physics to the difficulties of cosmology and big data, Cornell scientists...
This is an artist's concept depicting the presence of buckyballs in space. Buckyballs, which consist of 60 carbon atoms arranged like soccer balls, have been detected in space before by scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The new result is the first time an electrically charged (ionized) version has been found in the interstellar medium. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Tiny electric soccer balls detected in space could solve an interstellar mystery

Using NASA's Hubble space telescope, scientists have detected the existence of electrically-charged molecules in space shaped like soccer balls, highlights the mysterious contents of...
An artist's impression of a Gamma Ray Burst jet over time, and the small patches of magnetic fields present, as revealed by new research. Credit Dr Kitty Yeung.

Astronomers make first detection of polarised radio waves in Gamma Ray Burst jets

Using Good fortune and cutting-edge scientific instruments, scientists observed a Gamma Ray Burst jet and detected the polarisation of radio waves within it for...
A galaxy with a quasar at its center, surrounded by dust. (Illustration: Michelle Vigeant)

Cold quasars could rewrite our understanding of a galaxy’s lifecycle

A Cold quasar is a galaxy with a quasar at the center and abundant cold gas that can still produce new stars. Gas falling...
This artist's illustration shows what one of the very first galaxies in the Universe might have looked like. High levels of violent star formation and star death would have illuminated the gas filling the space between stars, making the galaxy largely opaque and without a clear structure. CREDIT James Josephides (Swinburne Astronomy Productions)

Universe’s earliest galaxies were brighter than expected

Using NASA's Spitzer Telescope, astronomers have recently found cues on how galaxies lit up the universe. According to their findings, some of the Universe's...
Astronomers developed a mosaic of the distant Universe, called the Hubble Legacy Field, that documents 16 years of observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The image contains 200,000 galaxies that stretch back through 13.3 billion years of time to just 500 million years after the Big Bang. The new set of Hubble images, created from nearly 7,500 individual exposures, is the first in a series of Hubble Legacy Field images. The image comprises the collective work of 31 Hubble programs by different teams of astronomers. Hubble has spent more time on this small area than on any other region of the sky, totaling more than 250 days, representing nearly three-quarters of a year. The team is working on a second set of images, totaling more than 5,200 Hubble exposures, in another area of the sky.

2,65,000 galaxies in an extensive legacy field mosaic

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has recently captured an image of a legacy field, showing 2,65,000 galaxies, each at different stages in their life cycles,...
his Hubble Space Telescope image represents a portion of the Hubble Legacy Field, one of the widest views of the universe ever made. The image, a combination of thousands of snapshots, represents 16 years' worth of observations. The Hubble Legacy Field includes observations taken by several Hubble deep-field surveys, including the eXtreme Deep Field (XDF), the deepest view of the universe. The wavelength range stretches from ultraviolet to near-infrared light, capturing all the features of galaxy assembly over time. This cropped image mosaic presents a wide portrait of the distant universe and contains roughly 200,000 galaxies. They stretch back through 13.3 billion years of time to just 500 million years after the universe's birth in the big bang. Credits: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth and D. Magee (University of California, Santa Cruz), K. Whitaker (University of Connecticut), R. Bouwens (Leiden University), P. Oesch (University of Geneva) and the Hubble Legacy Field team

Assembling wide view of the evolving universe

Astronomers have put together the largest and most comprehensive "history book" of galaxies into one single image, using 16 years' worth of observations from...
Two neutron stars collided near the solar system billions of years ago

Two neutron stars collided near the solar system billions of years ago

A growing body of evidence indicates that binary neutron-star mergers are the primary origin of heavy elements produced exclusively through rapid neutron capture. As...

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