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Astronomy / Space Science - 11.01.2018
Five tightly packed exoplanets
Five tightly packed exoplanets
Five new planets have been discovered outside our solar system, all orbiting a sun-like star located within the constellation Aquarius, nearly 620 light years from Earth. The alien worlds are considered super-Earths, sizing in at two to three times larger than our own blue planet. All five exoplanets are likely scorchingly hot: Each planet comes incredibly close to its star, streaking around in just 13 days at most - a whirlwind of an orbit compared with Earth's 365-day year.

Astronomy / Space Science - Continuing Education - 11.01.2018
Five-Planet System
Five-Planet System
In its search for exoplanets-planets outside of our solar system-NASA's Kepler telescope trails behind Earth, measuring the brightness of stars that may potentially host planets. The instrument identifies potential planets around other stars by looking for dips in the brightness of the stars that occur when planets cross in front of, or transit, them.

Astronomy / Space Science - 11.01.2018

Astronomy / Space Science - 10.01.2018
Astronomers detect 'whirlpool' movement in earliest galaxies
Astronomers detect ’whirlpool’ movement in earliest galaxies
Astronomers have looked back to a time soon after the Big Bang, and have discovered swirling gas in some of the earliest galaxies to have formed in the Universe. These 'newborns' - observed as they appeared nearly 13 billion years ago - spun like a whirlpool, similar to our own Milky Way. This is the first time that it has been possible to detect movement in galaxies at such an early point in the Universe's history.

Astronomy / Space Science - 10.01.2018
A French nano satellite to unveil the mysteries of Beta Pictoris
A French nano satellite to unveil the mysteries of Beta Pictoris
PicSat will be launched into Earth orbit on 12 January 2018 to study the star Beta Pictoris, its exoplanet and its famous debris disk, thanks to a small telescope 5 cm in diameter.

Astronomy / Space Science - 10.01.2018
Dark Energy Survey finds remains of 11 galaxies eaten by the Milky Way
The Dark Energy Survey, an international collaboration of more than 400 members, including UChicago and affiliated lab scientists, has released its first three years of survey data. Scientists have released the preliminary cosmological findings from the Dark Energy Survey -research on about 400 million astronomical objects, including distant galaxies as well as stars in our own galaxy.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 10.01.2018
SETI project homes in on strange 'fast radio bursts'
SETI project homes in on strange ’fast radio bursts’
Recent observations of a mysterious and distant object that emits intermittent bursts of radio waves so bright that they're visible across the universe provide new data about the source but fail to clear up the mystery of what causes them.

Astronomy / Space Science - 10.01.2018
Data on 400 million astronomical objects released
Data on 400 million astronomical objects released
Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey (DES), which includes UCL researchers, announce their first three years of data including information on about 400 million astronomical objects such as distant galaxies billions of light years away as well as stars in our own galaxy. DES scientists are using this data to learn more about dark energy, the mysterious force believed to be accelerating the expansion of the universe.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 10.01.2018
A repeating fast radio burst from an extreme environment
New detections of radio waves from a repeating fast radio burst have revealed an astonishingly potent magnetic field in the source's environment, indicating that it is situated near a massive black hole or within a nebula of unprecedented power. The findings by an international team of astronomers, including Victoria Kaspi and Shriharsh Tendulkar of McGill University, appear in the January 11 edition of Nature and are highlighted on the cover of the journal.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 09.01.2018
Journey to the Center of a White-Dwarf Star
Journey to the Center of a White-Dwarf Star
A stellar core that challenges predictions: here is the result of the first cartography of the interior of a white-dwarf star performed by an international team that includes  Valérie Van Grootel and Marc-Antoine Dupret , two researchers belonging to the STAR Institute at Université de Liège. This discovery will provide insights on the different physical mechanisms involved in the evolution of stars and our Sun.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 08.01.2018
Strong El Niño Events Cause Large Changes in Antarctic Ice Shelves
A new study published Jan. Geoscience reveals that strong El Niño events can cause significant ice loss in some Antarctic ice shelves while the opposite may occur during strong La Niña events. El Niño and La Niña are two distinct phases of the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO), a naturally occurring phenomenon characterized by how water temperatures in the tropical Pacific periodically oscillate between warmer than average during El Niños and cooler during La Niñas.

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation - 04.01.2018
Weighing massive stars in nearby galaxy reveals excess of heavyweights
An international team of astronomers has revealed an 'astonishing' overabundance of massive stars in a neighbouring galaxy. The discovery, made in the gigantic star-forming region 30 Doradus in the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy, has 'far-reaching' consequences for our understanding of how stars transformed the pristine Universe into the one we live in today.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 04.01.2018
Computational astrophysics team uncloaks magnetic fields of cosmic events
Computational astrophysicists describe a new method for acquiring information on experiments using laser beams to reproduce cosmic conditions. The development of ultra-intense lasers delivering the same power as the entire U.S. power grid has enabled the study of cosmic phenomena such as supernovae and black holes in earthbound laboratories.

Astronomy / Space Science - 03.01.2018
Space dust, not aliens: Two UW astronomers assist in new research on ’mysterious’ star
Turns out, it's probably not a vast, orbiting alien megastructure that causes distant star KIC 8462852 to dim and brighten sporadically - it's more likely just dust. That's the view of a new paper by Louisiana State University astronomer Tabetha Boyajian and scores of co-authors - including astronomers Brett Morris and James Davenport from the University of Washington.
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