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Space Telescopes News
January 29, 2020

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Astronomers have detected large amounts of oxygen in the atmosphere of one of the oldest and most elementally depleted stars known. This new finding provides an important ... read more
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered its first Earth-size planet in its star's habitable zone, the range of distances where conditions may be ... read more
Astronomers have pinpointed the location of a repeating fast radio burst. The breakthrough is only the second time that scientists have determined the precise location of a ... read more
Astronomers have observed reservoirs of cool gas around some of the earliest galaxies in the universe. These gas halos are the perfect food for supermassive black holes at ... read more
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Astronomers Spot Distant Galaxy Group Driving Ancient Cosmic Makeover

Astronomers have found the farthest galaxy group identified to date. Called EGS77, the trio of galaxies dates to a time when the universe was only 680 million years old, or less than 5% of its ... read more

Massive Gas Disk Raises Questions About Planet Formation Theory

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) found a young star surrounded by an astonishing mass of gas. The star, called 49 Ceti, is 40 million years old and ... read more

Nearby Pulsar's Gamma-Ray 'Halo' Linked to Antimatter Puzzle

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has discovered a faint but sprawling glow of high-energy light around a nearby pulsar. If visible to the human eye, this gamma-ray 'halo' would ... read more

The 'Cores' of Massive Galaxies Had Already Formed 1.5 Billion Years After the Big Bang

A distant galaxy more massive than our Milky Way -- with more than a trillion stars - has revealed that the 'cores' of massive galaxies in the Universe had already formed 1.5 billion years ... read more

A feature resembling a candy cane highlights this colorful composite image of our Milky Way galaxy's central zone. But this is no cosmic confection. It's part of a set of radio-emitting ... read more

Pulsars Observed for the First Time from South America

A team has upgraded two radio telescopes in Argentina that lay dormant for 15 years in order to study pulsars, rapidly rotating neutron stars with intense magnetic fields that emit notably in radio ... read more

Thousands of galaxies are visible in a new radio image of an area in the Southern Sky, made with the MeerKAT telescope. The numerous faint dots are distant galaxies like our own Milky Way, that have ... read more

Carbon Cocoons Surround Growing Galaxies

Researchers have discovered gigantic clouds of gaseous carbon spanning more than a radius of 30,000 light-years around young galaxies using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). ... read more

Comet 2I/Borisov is a mysterious visitor from the depths of space -- the first identified comet to arrive here from another star. Hubble images capture the comet streaking though our solar system and ... read more

ALMA Spots Most Distant Dusty Galaxy Hidden in Plain Sight

Astronomers have spotted the light of a massive galaxy seen only 970 million years after the Big Bang. This galaxy, called MAMBO-9, is the most distant dusty star-forming galaxy that has ever been ... read more

Water Common -- Yet Scarce -- In Exoplanets

The most extensive survey of atmospheric chemical compositions of exoplanets to date has revealed trends that challenge current theories of planet formation and has implications for the search for ... read more

Signs of Life: New Field Guide Aids Astronomers' Search

A senior has come up with a way to discern life on exoplanets loitering in other cosmic neighborhoods: a spectral field ... read more

The first evidence of a giant planet orbiting a dead white dwarf star has been found in the form of a disc of gas formed from its evaporating ... read more

Scientists have discovered why the Sun's magnetic waves strengthen and grow as they emerge from its surface, which could help to solve the mystery of how the corona of the Sun maintains its ... read more

Satellite Broken? Smart Satellites to the Rescue

Scientists are developing robotic networks that can work independently but collaboratively on a common task. The goal? To make smart satellites that can repair other satellites in ... read more

Scientists Inch Closer Than Ever to Signal from Cosmic Dawn

Researchers have taken a new and significant step toward detecting a signal from the period in cosmic history when the first stars lit up the ... read more

The Simultaneous Merging of Giant Galaxies

Scientists proved for the first time that the galaxy NGC 6240 contains three supermassive black holes. The unique observations show the black holes close to each other in the core of the galaxy. The ... read more

Astronomers Discover Most Energetic Gamma-Ray Burst Ever

Gamma-ray bursts are the most energetic phenomenon known to humankind. Although short-lived, they outshine stars and even galactic quasars. They usually display energies in the region of tens of ... read more

Highest-Energy Light from a Gamma-Ray Burst Ever

Researchers have observed a gamma-ray burst with an afterglow that featured the highest energy photons -- a trillion times more energetic than visible light -- ever detected in a ... read more

Caught in the Act: MeerKAT Telescope Spies Stellar Flare

The MeerKAT radio telescope in the Northern Cape of South Africa has discovered an object which rapidly brightened by more than a factor of three over a period of three weeks. This is the first new ... read more

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