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Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 03.12.2018
LIGO and Virgo announce four new gravitational-wave detections
University of Glasgow physicists are closing out 2018 with the publication of a wealth of new gravitational wave data collected during the first two observing runs of the LIGO and Virgo detectors. video In a new paper just published online, scientists from the LIGO and Virgo research collaborations present data from a total of 10 stellar-mass binary black hole mergers and one merger of neutron stars.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 03.12.2018
Scientists detect biggest known black-hole collision
Scientists detect biggest known black-hole collision
An international team of scientists have detected ripples in space and time, known as gravitational waves, from the biggest known black-hole collision that formed a new black hole about 80 times larger than the Sun - and from another three black-hole mergers. ANU is playing a lead role in Australia's involvement with the gravitational wave discovery through a partnership in the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), which is based in the United States.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 30.11.2018
Study witnesses first moments of star dying in finest detail
Study witnesses first moments of star dying in finest detail
An international research team including The Australian National University (ANU) has used the Kepler space telescope in coordination with ground-based telescopes to witness the first moments of a star dying in unprecedented detail. The astronomers witnessed the star dying a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, as part of a project that aims to solve the mystery of how stars explode.

Astronomy / Space Science - 29.11.2018
Insight into InSight’s mission to Mars
First photograph taken by NASA's InSight lander on Nov. 26, 2018, after the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet. Credit: NASA.gov First photograph taken by NASA's InSight lander on Nov. 26, 2018, after the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet. Credit: NASA.gov Cheers and applause erupted inside NASA's mission control center at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California., the afternoon of Nov.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 29.11.2018
A new method for weighing super-massive black holes
A new method for weighing super-massive black holes
Paris, 29 November 2018 Scientists have revealed, for the first time outside our Galaxy, the properties of rapidly moving gas clouds in the immediate vicinity of a super-massive black hole, enabling the mass of the black hole to be measured with unprecedented accuracy.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 28.11.2018
Scientists inch closer to revealing mysteries of Red Planet
Scientists inch closer to revealing mysteries of Red Planet
The 300-million-mile journey that culminated in NASA's InSight landing on Mars this week represents a major scientific coup for all involved, including mission participants from the University of Bristol. The £635m lander, which came to rest on Mars on Monday, will study the makeup and dimensions of the Red Planet's core.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 26.11.2018
Marsquakes’ mission successfully lands on Red Planet
A mission to Mars which carries instruments co-designed by Oxford scientists, has successfully landed and will soon begin the first study of the heart of the planet. The NASA InSight mission landed shortly after 19:50 GMT on Monday, 26 November. InSight will study the inside of Mars to learn how planets, moons and meteorites with rocky surfaces, including the Earth and its Moon, formed.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 20.11.2018
Exoplanet Stepping Stones
Exoplanet Stepping Stones
Astronomers have gleaned some of the best data yet on the composition of a planet known as HR 8799 c-a young giant gas planet about seven times the mass of Jupiter that orbits its star every 200 years. The team used state-of-the-art instrumentation at the  W. M. Keck Observatory  to confirm the existence of water in the planet's atmosphere as well as a lack of methane.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 20.11.2018
Study brings new climate models of small star TRAPPIST 1's seven intriguing worlds
Study brings new climate models of small star TRAPPIST 1’s seven intriguing worlds
Not all stars are like the sun, so not all planetary systems can be studied with the same expectations. New research from a University of Washington-led team of astronomers gives updated climate models for the seven planets around the star TRAPPIST-1. The work also could help astronomers more effectively study planets around stars unlike our sun, and better use the limited, expensive resources of the James Webb Space Telescope , now expected to launch in 2021.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 19.11.2018
Exploration makes perfect
Exploration makes perfect
ESA Human Spaceflight Caves Testing the technology to explore other planets starts on Earth. While robots scout uncharted terrains, moonwalkers analyse rocks and send detailed geological descriptions to mission control. Artificial intelligence gets better with human interaction and the Moon is front of mind.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 19.11.2018
Cosmic Serpent
Cosmic Serpent
ESO's VLT captures details of an elaborate serpentine system sculpted by colliding stellar winds The VISIR instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has captured this stunning image of a newly discovered massive triple star system. Nicknamed Apep after an ancient Egyptian deity, this may be the first ever gamma-ray burst progenitor found.

Astronomy / Space Science - 16.11.2018
Glass made from exploding stars
Glass made from exploding stars
The windows in are houses are quite literally allowing us to glimpse into the chaotic past of the Universe as new research has revealed that silica - the main component of glass - was originally formed inside the heart of exploding stars. In a new study, published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , an international team of scientists has detected silica in the remnants of two distant supernova billions of light years away from Earth.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 16.11.2018
Finding rules in the chaos that could help reveal secrets of the Big Bang
New research has revealed that non-equilibrium quantum systems do obey universal laws, a discovery that can bring us closer to revealing the secrets of the Big Bang. Researchers from the University of Nottingham joined teams at the Technical University of Vienna and the University Heidenberg to undertake It shows that when quantum particles whirl around they obey universal laws, meaning what is true for one quantum system is also true for others.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 16.11.2018
App to the Moon
App to the Moon
ESA Human Spaceflight Caves 16 November 2018 It is magnificently quiet at the rim of the lunar crater. Nearly 400 000 km away from Earth, the silence and vastness of the unknown terrain can be overwhelming. Yet our moonwalker does not feel alone. Tablet on his wrist, the astronaut snaps a 360 degree picture and marks it with some arrows to highlight geologically interesting areas.

Astronomy / Space Science - Electroengineering - 16.11.2018
Electric blue thrusters propelling BepiColombo to Mercury
Electric blue thrusters propelling BepiColombo to Mercury
ESA Space Engineering & Technology Preparing for the Future Shaping the Future 16 November 2018 In mid-December, twin discs will begin glowing blue on the underside of a minibus-sized spacecraft in deep space. At that moment Europe and Japan's BepiColombo mission will have just come a crucial step closer to Mercury.

Astronomy / Space Science - 15.11.2018
Standard chemotherapy treatment for HPV-positive throat cancer remains the most effective
The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo collaboration have reported the first joint detection of gravitational waves with both the LIGO and Virgo detectors. This is the fourth announced detection of a binary black hole system and the first significant gravitational-wave signal recorded by the Virgo detector and highlights the scientific potential of a three-detector network of gravitational-wave detectors.

Astronomy / Space Science - 15.11.2018
Powerful aurora-forming mini explosions seen behind the Earth
A NASA spacecraft has analysed magnetic explosions on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, watching the process that creates auroras. The new study, including researchers from Imperial College London, showed that these events, though small, were fast enough to hurl particles towards the Earth's upper atmosphere.

Astronomy / Space Science - 15.11.2018
Picture of Hefty Star Before it Blew Up
Picture of Hefty Star Before it Blew Up
Supernovas are the deathly explosions of massive stars. One of the ways that astronomers look for clues about how these stars blow up is to go hunting for what's known as the progenitor to a supernova-the star before it died. They comb through archival telescope images and try to pinpoint the location and identity of the star before it blasted apart.

Astronomy / Space Science - 15.11.2018
Our stellar neighbourhood expands
Our stellar neighbourhood expands
Astronomers from the Observatory of the University of Hamburg were involved in the discovery of a new planet. As part of an international research team led by the Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (ICE, CSIC), they have found a planet in orbit of Barnard's star. Barnard's star is a so-called red dwarf and after the Alpha-Centauri triple stellar system the second closest star to the Sun.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 15.11.2018
Auroras unlock the physics of energetic processes in space
A close study of auroras has revealed new ways of understanding the physics of explosive energy releases in space, according to new UCL-led research. Auroras are an incredible light show caused by electrically charged particles in near-Earth space spiralling down Earth's magnetic field and colliding with gases in the atmosphere, causing them to glow.