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Scientists spot black hole so huge it 'shouldn't even exist' in our galaxy

Nov 29, 2019 - 10:27 AM

LB-1 is 15,000 light years from Earth and has a mass 70 times greater than the Sun

This handout received from the Beijing Planetarium via the China Academy of Sciences on November 26, 2019 shows a rendering by artist Yu Jingchuan of the accretion of gas onto a stellar black hole from its blue companion star, through a truncated accretion disk. Astronomers have discovered a black hole in the Milky Way so huge that it challenges existing models of how stars evolve, researchers announced on November 28. Yu Jingchuan / Beijing Planetarium via the China Academy of Sciences / AFP

The real deal: Astronomers deliver first photo of black hole

Apr 10, 2019 - 9:24 PM

The supermassive black hole now immortalized by a far-flung network of radio telescopes is 50 million lightyears away in a galaxy known as M87

FIRST IMAGE. A handout photo provided by the European Southern Observatory on April 10, 2019 shows the first photograph of a black hole and its fiery halo, released by Event Horizon Telescope astronomers, which is the 'most direct proof of their existence,' one of the project's lead scientists told AFP. AFP PHOTO/EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY

Scientists set to unveil first picture of a black hole

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:21 AM

Of all the forces or objects in the Universe that we cannot see, none has frustrated human curiosity so much as the invisible maws that shred and swallow stars like so many specks of dust

What's the weather like on Uranus and Neptune? New images give important clues

Feb 23, 2019 - 11:16 AM

New images from the Hubble Space Telescope show a variety of intriguing weather patterns in the atmospheres of both Neptune and Uranus

PLANETS. Uranus (left) and Neptune (right) seen by Hubble. NASA, ESA, A. Simon (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), and M.H. Wong and A. Hsu (University of California, Berkeley)

New Universe map unearths 300,000 more galaxies

Feb 19, 2019 - 6:04 PM

A new map of the night sky published February 19 charts hundreds of thousands of previously unknown galaxies discovered using a telescope that can detect light sources optical instruments cannot see

MORE GALAXIES. This handout released by Paris Observatory-PSL on February 19, 2019, shows an optical image of the M106 galaxy stacked on an image of the galaxy's emissions of material (in orange) taken with the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) radio telescope. A new map of the night sky published on February 20 charts hundreds of thousands of previously unknown galaxies discovered using the LOFAR radio telescope that can detect light sources optical instruments cannot see. AFP PHOTO / OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS - PSL / CYRIL TASSE

'Repeating' radio waves from deep space baffle scientists

Jan 10, 2019 - 10:45 AM

What corner of the universe these powerful waves come from and the forces that produced them remain unknown

CHIME file photo from Wikipedia

NASA's hobbled Hubble telescope is near normal again

Oct 24, 2018 - 2:22 PM

An attempt to revive the gyroscope by turning it in the opposite direction appears to have cleared any blockage, NASA reports

EYE IN THE SKY. The Hubble Space Telescope floats against the background of Earth after a week of repair and upgrade by Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts in 2002. Image courtesy NASA/ Hubble Site

Trouble for Hubble: gyro fails on space telescope

Oct 09, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Hubble is currently down to two working gyros and needs at least 3 for optimal operations. But it can continue to provide observations with just one functioning gyroscope.

EYE IN THE SKY. The Hubble Space Telescope floats against the background of Earth after a week of repair and upgrade by Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts in 2002. Image courtesy NASA/ Hubble Site

New telescope to scan skies for asteroids on collision course with Earth

Jul 11, 2018 - 12:34 PM

If potentially hazardous asteroids are found years or decades before a potential collision, then a spacecraft can be used to nudge the asteroid to change its path so that a collision can be avoided, says astronomer

ASTEROID DETECTOR. A photograph and a baseline design rendering mix showing a view of the completed exterior building from the road leading up to the site. Photo from LSST Project/NSF/AURA, Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


NASA pushes back giant space telescope launch to 2020

Mar 28, 2018 - 2:08 PM

The James Webb Space Telescope will be the most powerful ever built and is to be deployed on a mission to give astronomers an unprecedented glimpse at the first galaxies that formed in the early universe

DELAYED. This NASA file photo released on May 16, 2017 shows the primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope inside a cleanroom at NASA'€™s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas. File photo by Chris Gunn/NASA/AFP

Dark matter 'smoother' than we thought – study

Dec 07, 2016 - 8:55 PM

The finding may throw into question what little we know about the birth and growth of the cosmos astronomers report

DARK MATTER. A handout photo released by the European Southern Observatory shows a map of dark matter in the Universe which was obtained from data from the KiDS survey, using the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. Image from. European Southern Observatory / AFP

'Thank the aliens': Thousands displaced for China's huge telescope

Dec 01, 2016 - 1:16 PM

The Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope FAST comes at the cost of forcibly displacing about 9 000 villagers who called the site in Pingtang county their home

This picture taken on September 24, 2016 shows the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) in Pingtang, in southwestern China's Guizhou province. Stringer/AFP

2 trillion galaxies in 'observable' Universe – NASA

Oct 14, 2016 - 8:53 AM

Even within this observable Universe current technology only allows us to glimpse 10 of what is out there according to the new findings

This spectacular view from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the rich galaxy cluster Abell 1689. Image courtesy NASA/ESA/L. Bradley/R. Bouwens/H. Ford/G. Illingworth

New evidence of water plumes on Jupiter's moon Europa

Sep 27, 2016 - 3:35 PM

The latest finding gives scientists fresh hope that a robotic spacecraft could one day fly past these potential plumes and learn about their contents without having to drill miles deep into the moon s icy shell

World's largest radio telescope starts operating in China

Sep 25, 2016 - 2:38 PM

3rd UPDATE The Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope will explore space and search for signs of intelligent life

WORLD'S BIGGEST. The Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) costs $180 million. Photo from FAST's website

NASA's Kepler discovers more than 104 new exoplanets

Jul 19, 2016 - 10:16 AM

NASA: We discovered many planets about twice the size of the Earth orbiting so close to their host stars that they are hotter than 1000 degrees

A crop of more than 100 planets, discovered by NASA'€™s Kepler Space Telescope, includes 4 in Earth'€™s size-range orbiting a single dwarf star. NASA/JPL

First image released from world's super radio telescope

Jul 17, 2016 - 9:27 AM

The telescope gives a glimpse of 1 300 galaxies in a barely explored section of the universe

RADIO TELESCOPE. Part of South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope that showed off its phenomenal power by revealing 1,300 galaxies in a tiny corner of the universe where only 70 were known before. Photo by Mujahid Safodien / AFP

Desert telescope stakes out supermassive black hole

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:20 PM

A massive telescope named Gravity aims to finally prove the existence of a black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy

epa04707659 An undated handout image provided by ESO on 16 April 2015 shows an artist´s impression released by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) shows the surroundings of a supermassive black hole, typical of that found at the heart of many galaxies. The black hole itself is surrounded by a brilliant accretion disc of very hot, infalling material and, further out, a dusty torus. There are also often high-speed jets of material ejected at the black hole's poles that can extend huge distances into space. Observations with ALMA have detected a very strong magnetic field close to the black hole at the base of the jets and this is probably involved in jet production and collimation. EPA/ESO / HANDOUT NO SALES/EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Real-life Tatooine? Scientists discover giant new planet orbiting two suns

Jun 14, 2016 - 8:24 AM

Located near the Cygnus constellation the planet Kepler 1647 b lies some 3 700 light years away from the Earth

DOUBLE SUN. Artist's impression of the simultaneous stellar eclipse and planetary transit events on Kepler-1647. Illustration by Lynette Cook, via the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii

NASA: 1,284 new planets found by Kepler telescope

May 11, 2016 - 4:35 PM

Of the 1 284 nearly 550 could be rocky planets like Earth based on their size

epa05298540 A handout image provided by NASA on 10 May 2016 shows an artist's concept depicting planetary discoveries made by NASA's Kepler space telescope. According to NASA, the Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets ? the single largest finding of planets to date. 'This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,' said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, USA. 'This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth.' EPA/W. STENZEL / NASA / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

China's space telescope to displace humans in search for aliens

Feb 16, 2016 - 4:14 PM

Provincial officials vow to relocate 9 110 residents living within 5 kilometers of the 500 metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope FAST by September

GIANT RADIO TELESCOPE. This picture taken on July 29, 2015 shows the Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) under construction in Pingtang, southwest China's Guizhou province. AFP/ Stringer

Hubble at 25, Google's Project Fi, Chile volcanic eruption | SciTech4u

Apr 27, 2015 - 3:30 PM

That and the girl who proved Einstein right in this week s episode of SciTech4u

Happy birthday, Hubble! Celestial 'fireworks' for space telescope's 25th

Apr 23, 2015 - 10:28 PM

NASA releases a photo that best captures Hubble s main job for the past quarter century: revealing the magnificence of the cosmos

Hubble: The telescope that revolutionized our view of space

Apr 22, 2015 - 11:03 AM

The Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 25 years in space this week

EYE IN THE SKY. The Hubble Space Telescope floats against the background of Earth after a week of repair and upgrade by Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts in 2002. Image courtesy NASA/ Hubble Site

Milky Way may host billions of planets in 'habitable' zones – study

Mar 19, 2015 - 2:10 PM

The Milky Way galaxy may be home to billions of planets orbiting their host stars in a habitable zone where life could theoretically exist researchers say

UP IN THE SKY. The zodiacal light (L) and the Milky Way (R) are seen from the region of Salgotarjan, 109 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, 17 February 2015. Peter Komka/EPA

Jupiter's largest moon Ganymede definitely has an ocean – NASA

Mar 13, 2015 - 10:50 AM

Aurorae glimpsed by the Hubble Space Telescope helped confirm the long suspected subsurface saltwater on Ganymede the largest moon in the solar system

Artist’s concept of Jupiter's moon Ganymede. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope observed aurorae on the moon generated by Ganymede’s magnetic fields. A saline ocean under the moon’s icy crust best explains shifting in the auroral belts measured by Hubble. Image Credit: NASA/ESA

The Andromeda galaxy like you've never seen it before

Jan 07, 2015 - 10:19 AM

UPDATED More than 100 million stars in the Andromeda galaxy are photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in stunning detail – a gigantic 1 5 billion pixel photo

Hubble’s high-definition panoramic view of the Andromeda galaxy. Image courtesy NASA/ESA/PHAT

Galactic beauty: Iconic 'Pillars of Creation' photo gets an update

Jan 07, 2015 - 9:19 AM

The iconic image of 3 gigantic galactic gas clouds in the Eagle Nebula gets an updated high resolution version – and it s out of this world beautiful

The 2014 version of the 'Pillars of Creation' image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Image courtesy NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)/J. Hester, P. Scowen (Arizona State U.)

Chile hilltop flattened for world's largest telescope

Jun 20, 2014 - 7:46 AM

The European Extremely Large Telescope E ELT telescope being built by the European Southern Observatory aims to give astronomers new insight into the origins of the universe

WORLD'S LARGEST. Artist's impression of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). The E-ELT will be the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world — the world's biggest eye on the sky. ESO

Astronomers reveal 'largest yellow star ever'

Mar 13, 2014 - 3:31 PM

The yellow hypergiant star HR 5171 A is estimated to be 50 larger than the famous red supergiant Betelgeuse

HR 5171 A. A handout photo released on March 10, 2014 by the European Southern Observatory shows the HR 5171, the brightest star just below the centre of this wide-field image, which is a yellow hypergiant, a very rare type of stars with only a dozen known in our galaxy. ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2/AFP

Planetary 'bonanza': NASA discovers 715 new planets

Feb 27, 2014 - 11:06 AM

A new method for verifying potential planets led to the volume of new discoveries from Kepler which aims to help humans search for other worlds that may be like Earth

PLANETARY BONANZA. The artist concept depicts multiple-transiting planet systems, which are stars with more than one planet. The planets eclipse or transit their host star from the vantage point of the observer. This angle is called edge-on. Image courtesy of NASA

When stars explode, it's a messy business

Feb 20, 2014 - 8:10 AM

With the help of a new high energy X ray telescope NASA says astronomers are closer than ever to seeing just what s going on behind these stellar explosions

SUPER EXPLOSION. This is the first map of radioactivity in a supernova remnant, the blown-out bits and pieces of a massive star that exploded. The blue color shows radioactive material mapped in high-energy X-rays using NuSTAR. NASA/JPL-Caltech/CXC/SAO

NASA astronauts step out on Christmas Eve spacewalk

Dec 24, 2013 - 9:21 PM

The main task of the day is to retrieve a spare pump module from an external stowage platform and install it

Billion-dollar 'discovery machine' set for launch

Dec 17, 2013 - 2:35 PM

Europe will place a billion dollar bet on a space telescope designed to provide the biggest and most detailed 3 D map of the Milky Way

SURVEYING THE MILKY WAY. Artist's depiction of the Gaia telescope mapping the stars of the Milky Way. Image released 28 April 2004 by the ESA/ATG medialab; background: ESO/S. Brunier

Europe's Planck telescope retires

Oct 23, 2013 - 10:37 PM

Named after German physicist Max Planck the satellite which produced an image of the Cosmic microwave background CMB a snapshot of the oldest light in our Universe will now be parked in a safe orbit around the Sun where it will stay for hundreds of years

PLANCK RETIRES. A handout photo released on March 21, 2013 by the European Space Agency shows the anisotropies of the Cosmic microwave background (CMB) - a snapshot of the oldest light in our Universe - as observed by Planck. Photo by AFP / European Space Agency / D. Ducros

Kepler planet hunter spacecraft beyond repair: NASA

Aug 16, 2013 - 12:55 PM

NASA said it cannot fix the hobbled Kepler Space Telescope it is now considering what scientific research it can still do

NASA finds new moon on Neptune

Jul 16, 2013 - 7:46 AM

The moon is the smallest ever glimpsed around Neptune and measures just about 12 miles 19 kilometers across

NEPTUNE'S NEW MOON. This composite Hubble Space Telescope picture shows the location of a newly discovered moon, designated S/2004 N 1, orbiting Neptune. The black and white image was taken in 2009 with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 in visible light. Hubble took the color inset of Neptune on August 2009. Image courtesy NASA, ESA, M. Showalter/SETI Institute

New telescope to shed light on dark side of universe

Jun 18, 2013 - 2:41 PM

The high tech Euclid telescope is scheduled to launch on a Russian Soyuz rocket from Europe s Spaceport in French Guiana in 2020 and will assist scientists in their search for dark energy and dark matter

Artist's impression of Euclid. Photo courtesy of ESA/C. Carreau

Most detailed 'blueprint' of ancient Universe released

Mar 21, 2013 - 8:50 PM

The most detailed map of fossil radiation from the Big Bang has been released shedding new light to our understanding of the origins of the Universe

PLANCK CMB. The "map" of the cosmic microwave background radiation created by the Planck mission. The CMB is a snapshot of the oldest light in our Universe, imprinted on the sky when the Universe was just 380 000 years old. It shows tiny temperature fluctuations that correspond to regions of slightly different densities, representing the seeds of all future structure: the stars and galaxies of today. ESA/PLANCK COLLABORATION

Australian observatory survives wildfire

Jan 14, 2013 - 1:31 PM

Telescopes at a global space research facility appear to have survived a devastating Australian inferno that destroyed 12 nearby homes and damaged several buildings on the site

This handout aerial picture taken on January 14, 2013 and provided by Rural Fire Service (RFS) of New South Wales shows the group of buildings at the Siding Spring Observatory, a remote global research facility in New South Wales, surrounded by burnt and smoldering ground after a fire raged through the night, fueled by hot, strong winds, damaging parts of the facility. AFP PHOTO / NSW Rural Fire Service

Hubble plumbs the universe, yields images of early galaxies

Dec 13, 2012 - 9:50 AM

NASA scientists announced Wednesday December 12 that Hubble has uncovered seven never before seen primitive galaxies dating back to when the universe was less than four percent of its current age

This new image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) 2012 campaign reveals a previously unseen population of seven faraway galaxies, which are observed as they appeared in a period 350 million to 600 million years after the big bang. Credit: NASA, ESA, R. Ellis (Caltech), and the UDF 2012 Team

Australia unveils colossal telescope

Oct 05, 2012 - 6:19 PM

Great news for all the astronomy geeks

A SCREEN SHOT FROM an SKA Pathfinder video produced by CSIRO and published on YouTube

Chilean telescope finds sugar molecules near star

Aug 30, 2012 - 1:25 PM

Astronomers using a powerful radio telescope in Chile said Wednesday August 29 that they had discovered sugar molecules one of the building blocks of life orbiting a young star similar to the Sun

Image courtesy of the ESO.

NASA launches 'black hole hunter' telescope

Jun 14, 2012 - 6:21 AM

The telescope will help us find the most elusive and most energetic black holes to help us understand the structure of the universe

Rare Venus transit draws astronomers worldwide

Jun 06, 2012 - 7:31 AM

Astronomers watch Venus pass in front of the Sun a once in a lifetime event

The planet Venus (large black dot) as seen during its transit infront of the Sun on June 6, 2012. Sunspots AR1493 and AR1496 are also seen in the image (smaller dots). Image courtesy of NASA/ Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Our galaxy to hit another in 4 billion years: NASA

Jun 01, 2012 - 5:22 AM

Astronomers have long theorized that a clash of these galaxy titans was on the way though it was unknown how severe it might be or when with guesses ranging from 3 to 6 billion years