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Astronomy / Space - 16.05.2024
Webb detects most distant black hole merger to date
An international team of astronomers, led by the University of Cambridge, has used the James Webb Space Telescope to find evidence for an ongoing merger of two galaxies and their massive black holes when the Universe was only 740 million years old. This marks the most distant detection of a black hole merger ever obtained and the first time that this phenomenon has been detected so early in the Universe.

Astronomy / Space - 15.05.2024
New Earth-sized world orbiting an ultra-cool star
A new, Earth-sized planet orbiting an ultra-cool red dwarf star, has been detected by an international team of astronomers - just 55 light years away. The planet is only the second of its kind to be discovered around this type of star. Called SPECULOOS-3 b, it takes around 17 hours to complete an orbit of the star which is more than twice as cold as our sun, as well as ten times less massive and a hundred times less luminous.

Astronomy / Space - Earth Sciences - 15.05.2024
Newly discovered Earth-sized planet may lack an atmosphere
Newly discovered Earth-sized planet may lack an atmosphere
Circling a cold, Jupiter-sized star, the new world could offer an unobstructed view of its surface composition and history. Astronomers at MIT, the University of Liège, and elsewhere have discovered a new planet orbiting a small cold star, a mere 55 light years away. The nearby planet is similar to Earth in its size and rocky composition, though that's where the similarities end.

Astronomy / Space - Microtechnics - 15.05.2024
Robotic 'SuperLimbs' could help moonwalkers recover from falls
Robotic ’SuperLimbs’ could help moonwalkers recover from falls
A new MIT system could help astronauts conserve energy and extend missions on the lunar surface. Need a moment of levity' Try watching videos of astronauts falling on the moon. NASA's outtakes of Apollo astronauts tripping and stumbling as they bounce in slow motion are delightfully relatable. For MIT engineers, the lunar bloopers also highlight an opportunity to innovate.

Astronomy / Space - 14.05.2024
Discovery of a planet around an ultra-cool star
Artist's concept of the exoplanet SPECULOOS-3 b orbiting its ultra-cool red dwarf star. The planet is as big as Earth, while its star is slightly larger than Jupiter, but much more massive. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech An international team of astronomers - including members of the NCCR PlanetS , the University of Geneva and the University of Bern (UNIBE) - has discovered, for only the second time, an Earth-sized exoplanet (SPECULOOS-3 b) around an ultra-cool Red Dwarf star.

Astronomy / Space - Chemistry - 14.05.2024
Tour de force: Western Space researchers chart Orion Nebula like never before
Tour de force: Western Space researchers chart Orion Nebula like never before
Els Peeters, Jan Cami and collaborators among first scientists to use James Webb telescope for research and they targeted star formation Star and planet formation is a messy affair. It starts with the gravitational collapse of a gigantic cloud of gas and dust, which simultaneously produces massive stars, whose intense radiation field creates a harsh environment, as well as more modest stars, like our Sun, surrounded by a planet-forming disk that is rich in organic materials.

Astronomy / Space - Earth Sciences - 14.05.2024
Astronomers spot a giant planet that is as light as cotton candy
Astronomers spot a giant planet that is as light as cotton candy
The new world is the second-lightest planet discovered to date. Astronomers at MIT, the University of Liège in Belgium, and elsewhere have discovered a huge, fluffy oddball of a planet orbiting a distant star in our Milky Way galaxy. The discovery, reported today in the journal Nature Astronomy , is a promising key to the mystery of how such giant, super-light planets form.

Astronomy / Space - 09.05.2024
NASA Images Help Explain Eating Habits of Massive Black Hole
NASA Images Help Explain Eating Habits of Massive Black Hole
Data from NASA's retired Spitzer Space Telescope has given scientists new insights into why some supermassive black holes shine differently than others. These images of the Andromeda galaxy use data from NASA's retired Spitzer Space Telescope. Multiple wavelengths are shown in the image on the left, revealing stars, dust, and areas of star formation.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 09.05.2024
The search is on for signs of the first stars in the universe
Yale's Priyamvada Natarajan and colleagues say the first stars left behind distinctive flares that can be detected by a new generation of space telescopes. Astronomers at Yale and the University of Hong Kong have proposed a new strategy for finding the universe's first stars - by looking for signs of their final, fiery flares.

Astronomy / Space - Earth Sciences - 08.05.2024
Hints of a possible atmosphere around a rocky exoplanet
Hints of a possible atmosphere around a rocky exoplanet
Researchers using NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope may have detected an atmosphere surrounding 55 Cancri e, a rocky exoplanet 41 light-years from Earth. This is the best evidence to date for a rocky planet atmosphere outside our solar system. Brice-Olivier Demory, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Bern and member of the the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS, was part of the international research team that just published the results in Nature.

Astronomy / Space - Earth Sciences - 08.05.2024
NASA's Webb Hints at Possible Atmosphere Surrounding Rocky Exoplanet
NASA’s Webb Hints at Possible Atmosphere Surrounding Rocky Exoplanet
This artist's concept shows what the exoplanet 55 Cancri e could look like. Observations by NASA's Webb telescope suggest it may be surrounded by an atmosphere rich in carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide, which could have bubbled up from of an ocean of. Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, Ralf Crawford (STScI)" While the planet is too hot to be habitable, detecting its atmosphere could provide insights into the early conditions of Earth, Venus, and Mars.

Astronomy / Space - 06.05.2024
Astronomers observe elusive stellar light surrounding ancient quasars
Astronomers observe elusive stellar light surrounding ancient quasars
The observations suggest some of earliest "monster" black holes grew from massive cosmic seeds. MIT astronomers have observed the elusive starlight surrounding some of the earliest quasars in the universe. The distant signals, which trace back more than 13 billion years to the universe's infancy, are revealing clues to how the very first black holes and galaxies evolved.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 01.05.2024
A 'cosmic glitch' in gravity
A ’cosmic glitch’ in gravity
A group of researchers at the University of Waterloo and the University of British Columbia have discovered a potential "cosmic glitch" in the universe's gravity, explaining its strange behaviour on a cosmic scale. For the last 100 years, physicists have relied upon Albert Einstein's theory of "general relativity" to explain how gravity works throughout the universe.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 30.04.2024
Clouds blanket the night side of the hot exoplanet WASP-43b
Clouds blanket the night side of the hot exoplanet WASP-43b
High temperatures and extreme wind speeds influence the chemistry inside the planet's atmosphere. Using the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a team of astronomers, including scientists from MPIA, constructed a global temperature map of the hot, gas giant exoplanet WASP-43b.

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space - 29.04.2024
Enceladus Spills Its Guts through Strike-Slip Motion
Over the course of its elliptical orbit, the moon Enceladus is squeezed unevenly by Saturn's gravitational pull and deforms from a spherical shape into a football shape and back again. This cyclic stress causes a phenomenon called "tidal heating" within Enceladus and dissipates enough energy to maintain what is believed to be a global ocean underneath the moon's icy crust.

Astronomy / Space - Environment - 26.04.2024
NASA-Led Study Provides New Global Accounting of Earth's Rivers
NASA-Led Study Provides New Global Accounting of Earth’s Rivers
The Colorado River supplies water to more than 40 million people as it snakes through seven U.S. states, including the part of southeastern Utah seen in this photo snapped by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. The Colorado basin was. Credit: NASA" The novel approach to estimating river water storage and discharge also identifies regions marked by 'fingerprints' of intense water use.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 24.04.2024
Gaia BH3, the black hole that shouldn’t exist
The recent discovery of a binary system containing an extremely rare object, the most massive black hole (apart from SgrA*) ever detected in our Galaxy, calls into question the models for the formation of these bodies. Up until now, the Gaia space observatory has been used to observe the position and motion of stars, uncover the underlying structures of our Galaxy, and find new exoplanets.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 24.04.2024
Eruption of mega-magnetic star lights up nearby galaxy
Eruption of mega-magnetic star lights up nearby galaxy
Thanks to ESA satellites, an international team including researchers has detected a giant eruption coming from a magnetar, an extremely magnetic neutron star. While ESA's satellite INTEGRAL was observing the sky, it spotted a burst of gamma-rays - high-energy photons - coming from the nearby galaxy M82.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 23.04.2024
See the Universe in 3D
See the Universe in 3D
A team of researchers led by Vincent Pelgrims (ULB) dust off the Galaxy to build the first 3D map of the Universe's magnetic field. A new launch for astronomy, allowing us to explore the depths of the sky like never before. A study published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. The space between stars is "dirty".

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 23.04.2024
New microgravity experiment: the first-ever weightless anti-bubble
New microgravity experiment: the first-ever weightless anti-bubble
From April 15 to 19, Benoit Scheid and his team produced and observed, for the very first time in the world, antibubbles in zero gravity. Their work could lead to advances in water treatment and drug encapsulation . Twice a year, the European Space Agency (ESA) organizes weightlessness (or microgravity) flights.
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