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March 28, 2020

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Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found striking orbital geometries in protoplanetary disks around binary stars. While disks ... read more
Despite Mercury's 400-degree Celsius daytime heat, there is ice at its caps. And now a study shows how that Vulcan scorch probably helps the planet closest to the sun make ... read more
Researchers have observed an extreme planet where they suspect it rains iron. The ultra-hot giant exoplanet has a day side where temperatures climb above 2400 degrees ... read more

Discovery Points to Origin of Mysterious Ultraviolet Radiation

Lyman-alpha blobs (LABs) are gigantic clouds of hydrogen gas that produce a special type of ultraviolet light known as Lyman-alpha emission. An extremely powerful energy source must produce this ... read more
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What Can You Do With Spiral Graph? Help Understand How Galaxies Evolve

Researchers have developed a technique to accurately measure the winding arms of spiral galaxies that is so easy, virtually anyone can participate. This new and simple method is currently being ... read more

Astronomers Use Slime Mold Model to Reveal Dark Threads of the Cosmic Web

A computational approach inspired by the growth patterns of a bright yellow slime mold has enabled a team of astronomers and computer scientists to trace the filaments of the cosmic web that connects ... read more

Astronomers Pinpoint Rare Binary Brown Dwarf

Astronomers working on 'first light' results from a newly commissioned telescope in Chile made a chance discovery that led to the identification of a rare eclipsing binary brown dwarf ... read more

New Type of Pulsating Star Discovered

Two research teams searching NASA's TESS Explorer data found an unusual star. Pooling their resources they discovered a binary star that pulsates on one side - the first such stellar object ... read more

Safety Zone Saves Giant Moons from Fatal Plunge

Numerical simulations showed that the temperature gradient in the disk of gas around a young gas giant planet could play a critical role in the development of a satellite system dominated by a single ... read more

Dimming Betelgeuse Likely Isn't Cold, Just Dusty

Scientists report that the average surface temperature of Betelgeuse, calculated using observations taken Feb. 14, 2020, is significantly warmer than expected if its recent dimming had been triggered ... read more

Scientists Shed Light on Mystery of Dark Matter

Nuclear physicists are putting forward a new candidate for dark matter -- a particle they recently discovered called the d-star ... read more

New Telescope Observations Shed New Light on Black Hole Ejections

A black hole, ejecting material at close to the speed of light, has been observed using e-MERLIN, the UK's radio telescope ... read more

What If Mysterious 'Cotton Candy' Planets Actually Sport Rings?

Some of the extremely low-density, 'cotton candy like' exoplanets called super-puffs may actually have rings, according to new ... read more

Two Stars Merged to Form Massive White Dwarf

A massive white dwarf star with a bizarre carbon-rich atmosphere could be two white dwarfs merged together, and only narrowly avoided ... read more

Scientists Seize Rare Chance to Watch Faraway Star System Evolve

Findings suggest that the planet DS Tuc Ab -- which orbits a star in a binary system -- formed without being heavily impacted by the gravitational pull of the second ... read more

Betelgeuse: A Massive Star's Dying Breaths

Betelgeuse has been the center of significant media attention lately. The red supergiant is nearing the end of its life, and when a star over 10 times the mass of the Sun dies, it goes out in ... read more

Examining Ice Giants of Our Solar System

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will unlock secrets of the atmospheres of Uranus and ... read more

Astronomy Student Discovers 17 New Planets, Including Earth-Sized World

An astronomy student has discovered 17 new planets, including a potentially habitable, Earth-sized world, by combing through data gathered by NASA's Kepler ... read more

Scientists studying a distant galaxy cluster have discovered the biggest explosion seen in the Universe since the Big Bang. The blast came from a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy ... read more

Astronomers have found an exoplanet more than twice the size of Earth to be potentially habitable, opening the search for life to planets significantly larger than Earth but smaller than ... read more

A new understanding of Mars is beginning to emerge, thanks to the first year of NASA's InSight lander mission. Findings described in a set of six papers reveal a planet alive with quakes, dust ... read more

New data gleaned from the magnetic sensor aboard NASA's InSight spacecraft is offering an unprecedented close-up of magnetic fields on ... read more

The latest Hubble observations of the Sombrero galaxy indicate only a tiny fraction of older, metal-poor stars in the halo, plus an unexpected abundance of metal-rich stars. Past major galaxy mergers ... read more

By measuring iron isotopes, researchers have shown that our planet originally formed much faster than previously thought. This finding provides new insights on both planetary formation and the ... read more

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