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Astronomy - Mar 18
Scientists have discovered a vast, previously unknown reservoir of new aromatic material in a cold, dark molecular cloud by detecting individual polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon molecules in the interstellar medium for the first time, and in doing so are beginning to answer a three-decades-old scientific mystery: how and where are these molecules formed in space?
Astronomy - Mar 12

Scientists have long theorized that supermassive black holes can wander through space-but catching them in the act has proven difficult. Now, researchers at the Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian have identified the clearest case to date of a supermassive black hole in motion.

Astronomy - Mar 5

Fabrication of the sixth of seven mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope has begun. The mirrors will allow astronomers to see further into the universe and with more detail than any optical telescope ever before.

Astronomy - Jan 22

Harvard & Smithsonian have detected the first Jupiter-like planet without clouds or haze in its observable atmosphere. The findings were published this month in the Astrophysical Journal Letters . Named WASP-62b, the gas giant was first detected in 2012 through the Wide Angle Search for Planets (WASP) South survey.

Astronomy - Nov 23, 2020

Harvard & Smithsonian, has identified a problem with the growing interest in extractable resources on the moon: there aren't enough of them to go around. With no international policies or agreements to decide "who gets what from where," scientists believe tensions, overcrowding, and quick exhaustion of resources to be one possible future for moon mining projects.

Astronomy - Nov 12, 2020

Scientists today announced that they have observed the most luminous kilonova candidate on record, a find which challenges conventional theories of what happens in the aftermath of a gamma-ray burst. The findings appear in an upcoming issue of The Astrophysical Journal , and points to the possible of birth of a massive, highly magnetized neutron star called a magnetar.

Astronomy - Oct 12, 2020

Astronomers have captured the last moments of a star just before it was ripped apart by a black hole. The violent occurrence-called a tidal disruption event-created a blast of light seen just 215 million light years from Earth, the closest such flare recorded to date.

Astronomy - Mar 8

Astronomers have discovered new hints of a giant, scorching-hot planet orbiting Vega, one of the brightest stars in the night sky. The research, published this month in The Astronomical Journal , was led by Spencer Hurt, an astronomy undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Astronomy - Feb 15

It forever changed history when it crashed into Earth about 66 million years ago. The Chicxulub impactor, as it's known, left behind a crater off the coast of Mexico that spans 93 miles and runs 12 miles deep.

Astronomy - Dec 17, 2020

Artificial intelligence is classifying real supernova explosions without the traditional use of spectra, thanks to a team of astronomers at the Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian.

Astronomy - Nov 19, 2020

Sparked by an image uploaded to Twitter , new research indicates that the light produced by black hole accretion may be bright enough to reflect off of dust, illuminating the host galaxy, and creating light and dark rays similar to the effect of crepuscular rays on Earth.

Astronomy - Oct 20, 2020

The monstrous black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy-now of Nobel Prize fame-is proving yet again to be stranger than fiction.

Astronomy - Oct 7, 2020

Astronomers have found compelling evidence that planets start to form while infant stars are still growing. The high-resolution image obtained with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) shows a young protostellar disk with multiple gaps and rings of dust.

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