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Sprawling Galaxy Cluster Found Hiding in Plain Sight

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MIT scientists have uncovered a sprawling new galaxy cluster hiding in plain sight.


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Hubble Paints Picture of the Evolving Universe

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Astronomers using the ultraviolet vision of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have captured one of the largest panoramic views of the fire and fury of star birth in the distant universe.

Unraveling the Nature of Whistlers From Space in the Lab

Unraveling the Nature of Whistlers From Space in the Lab

Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles present new research on a curious cosmic phenomenon known as "whistlers" -- very low frequency packets of radio waves that race along magnetic field lines.


Astronomers Find Fewer Galaxies Than Expected

Astronomers Find Fewer Galaxies Than Expected

University of California astronomers, including three from UCLA, have resolved a mystery about the early universe and its first galaxies.


In Neutron Stars, Protons May Do The Heavy Lifting

In Neutron Stars, Protons May Do The Heavy Lifting

The positively charged particles may have an outsize influence on the properties of neutron stars and other neutron-rich objects.


Hubble Probes the Distant Past Via Gravitational Lens

Hubble Probes the Distant Past Via Gravitational Lens

This Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 image demonstrates the immense effects of gravity; more specifically, it shows the effects of gravitational lensing caused by a galaxy cluster called SDSS J1152+3313.


New Clues To Eta Carinae Outburst

New Clues To Eta Carinae Outburst

What happens when a star behaves like it exploded, but it's still there?


The Fading Ghost of a Long-Dead Star

The Fading Ghost of a Long-Dead Star

Thin, red veins of energized gas mark the location of one of the larger supernova remnants in the Milky Way galaxy in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.


Stormy Seas in Carina

Stormy Seas in Carina

This ESO Picture of the Week shows a crescent-shaped cocoon of gas and dust -- a nebula known as NGC 3199, which lies 12 000 light-years away from Earth.


Never-before-seen Matter Around A Black Hole

Never-before-seen Matter Around A Black Hole

In an international collaboration between Japan and Sweden, scientists clarified how gravity affects the shape of matter near the black hole in binary system Cygnus X-1.


Researchers Discover Thin Gap on Stellar Family Portrait

Researchers Discover Thin Gap on Stellar Family Portrait

A thin gap has been discovered on the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram (HRD).


Stellar Corpse Reveals Origin of Radioactive Molecules

Astronomers using ALMA and NOEMA have made the first definitive detection of a radioactive molecule in interstellar space.


Enduring 'Radio Rebound' Powered by Jets from Gamma-Ray Burst

Enduring 'Radio Rebound' Powered by Jets from Gamma-Ray Burst

In the blink of an eye, a massive star more than 2 billion light-years away lost a million-year-long fight against gravity and collapsed, triggering a supernova and forming a black hole at its center.


Young Galaxy's Halo Offers Clues to Its Growth And Evolution

Young Galaxy's Halo Offers Clues to Its Growth And Evolution

A team of astronomers has discovered a new way to unlock the mysteries of how the first galaxies formed and evolved.


Color Classification of Extrasolar Giant Planets: Prospects and Cautions

Color Classification of Extrasolar Giant Planets: Prospects and Cautions

Atmospheric characterization of directly imaged planets has thus far been limited to ground-based observations of young, self-luminous, Jovian planets.


X-ray Data Suggests That A Star Is Devouring A Planet

X-ray Data Suggests That A Star Is Devouring A Planet

For nearly a century, astronomers have puzzled over the curious variability of young stars residing in the Taurus-Auriga constellation some 450 light years from Earth.


Star Cluster RCW 38

Star Cluster RCW 38

This image shows the star cluster RCW 38, as captured by the HAWK-I infrared imager mounted on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile


Galactic Collision Lights Up The Darkness

Galactic Collision Lights Up The Darkness

Though it resembles a peaceful rose swirling in the darkness of the cosmos, NGC 3256 is actually the site of a violent clash.



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