Cosmic steam jets observed in newly-forming stars

Aug 18, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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The ALMA telescope in Chile detected high frequencies bands in the Cat’s Paw Nebula (or NGC 6334I) that indicated jets of warm water vapor streaming away from a newly forming star. This observation w... Read more

Enormous liquid water lake discovered under the south pole of Mars

Jul 25, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Data obtained with the radar system of the Mars Express suggest that there is liquid water under the surface of Mars. This underground water reservoir is 20 km wide and up to 1.5 km deep. It is located und... Read more

One unique source of Martian dust identified

Jul 25, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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The dust that is storming over Mars at the moment has been formed over the course of a few billion of years at one specific location: the Medusae Fossae Formation. Scientists have reached this conclusion a... Read more

Detailed images of the sun’s corona reveal physical structure

Jul 22, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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New image processing software made it possible to study the structure of the sun’s corona in much more detail before. Pictures taken by the COR2 coronagraph aboard NASA’s Solar and Terrestrial ... Read more

Global dust storm engulfs planet Mars

Jul 22, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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In the past month, astronomers have witnessed planet Mars being completely covered in dust. This is due to a global storm that creates dust clouds so large that they envelop the planet. This phenomenon app... Read more

Where is the missing matter in the universe?

Jul 19, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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A new NASA-sponsored CubeSat mission, deployed from the International Space Station on July 13, will help astronomers to detect where thus far undetected matter is in the universe. Scientists estimate that... Read more

Twelve new moons around Jupiter discovered

Jul 17, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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While trying to find planet X, that scientists suspect to be located behind Pluto, astronomers have accidentally observed 12 new moons that are circling Jupiter. Two of those orbit in the prograde, or in t... Read more

Neutrinos behave just as Einstein’s theory of special relativity predicts

Jul 16, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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The theory of special relativity states that the universe is a predictably symmetrical place, a principle known as the Lorentz symmetry. Basically, everyone should observe the same laws of physics in any d... Read more

Cosmic rays : from mystery to measurement

Jul 13, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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While cosmic rays have been first detected over 100 years ago, it has remained a mystery what creates and launches them. Now, with the aid of the strongest telescopes in the world, astronomers have found e... Read more

Einstein’s insights into gravity stand the test

Jul 06, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Einstein got it right: even objects as dense as a neutron star fall at the same rate as light objects such as feathers. Their mass or composition has no influence whatsoever. While this theory has been tes... Read more

Uranus was hit by a planet twice the size of Earth

Jul 03, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Some 4 billion years ago, Uranus has probably collided with another planet that was about twice the size of Earth, computer simulations show. This collision would explain why Uranus is tilted, basically ro... Read more

Scientists see the light of the first confirmed neutron star merger after waiting 110 days

Jul 03, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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One of the skills of a good scientist is patience. Great rewards await those who master it. This was the case for a group of astronomers that had to wait for exactly 110 days to see the first of confirmed ... Read more

Newborn planet captured on film for the very first time

Jul 02, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Researchers led by astronomers of the Max Planck Institut for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, have made a stunning picture of planetary formation around the young dwarf star PDS70. The research team obse... Read more

Earth-like exoplanets might indeed look like Earth

Jun 28, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Kepler-186f is the first Eart-like planet that has been discovered outside our solar system, circling around its own star at the optimal distance to make the occurrence of liquid water possible. Now, resea... Read more

Oumuamua is a comet, not an asteroid

Jun 28, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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Our Solar System’s first known interstellar object, Oumuamua, got an unexpected boost in speed and shift in trajectory as it passed through the inner solar system last year. Analyzing the trajectory ... Read more

How large is a neutron star?

Jun 26, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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How large is a neutron star? This is one question that has puzzled astrophysicists for the last 40 years. A solution to this problem would provide important information on the fundamental behavior of matte... Read more

Red nuggets galaxies provide an opportunity to study isolated cosmic structures

Jun 22, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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Red nuggets are relics of the first massive galaxies that formed one billion years after the Big Bang, with masses similar to those of giant elliptical galaxies, but only a fifth of their size. A small num... Read more

Last of ordinary matter in the universe found

Jun 20, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Until now, astrophysicists had found only two-thirds of universe’s ordinary matter that should have been created by the Big Bang. Now, an international team of researchers has found the missing one-t... Read more

Planets made visible by detecting molecules on their surface

Jun 19, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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Each planet revolves around a star and this makes it difficult for astronomers to directly observe it because the light of the star is too strong. Now, a team of scientists proposed a workaround for this i... Read more

Rare type of black hole spotted devouring a star

Jun 19, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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Intermediate-mass black holes are some of the rarest and elusive types of cosmic phenomenon. Now, a team of researchers has found a rare sign of activity. They detected an enormous flare of radiation in th... Read more