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How science is accelerating our search for alien life

Why are scientists so optimistic? The Kepler space telescope gets much of the credit. Before it was launched into orbit in 2009, astronomers couldn't be sure whether planets existed outside our solar system. The search for extraterrestrial...Show More Summary

VLT telescope reveals mysterious alignment of quasars with the Universe’s large-scale structure

Astronomers using the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have discovered an unexpected alignment of the spinning axes of supermassive black holes located billions of light-years apart. As if that discovery wasn’t fascinating enough...Show More Summary

Riddle of the missing stars: Hubble observations cast further doubt on how globular clusters formed

Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, some of the most mysterious cosmic residents have just become even more puzzling. New observations of globular clusters in a small galaxy show they are very similar to those found in the Milky Way, and so must have formed in a similar way.

"Large Chunk of Milky Way's 1st Generation Stars are Missing"

Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, some of the most mysterious cosmic residents have just become even more puzzling. New observations of globular clusters in a small galaxy show they are very similar to those found in the Milky...

How a Superchilled Telescope Will Look Back at the Dawn of the Universe

To see back in time, you need a massive telescope—one big enough to capture light from when the first galaxies were formed, 13.5 billion years ago. Astronomers are clamoring to see this light, so NASA is obliging them by building the James Webb Space Telescope. Show More Summary

Spooky alignment of quasars across billions of light-years

New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have revealed alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe. A European research team has found that the rotation axes of the central supermassive black holes in a sample of quasars are parallel to each other over distances of billions of light-years. Show More Summary

Martian Science Team Recruits Imperial Guard To Protect HiRISE Computers

3 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The science performed by HiRISE, the telescopic camera on the Mars Reconnoissance Orbiter, is so important the research team recruited members of the Imperial Guard to stand sentry over their processing computers. Here's a sample of incredible images produced by this well-protected instrument: Read more...

Webb Space Telescope promises astronomers new scientific adventures

3 days agoHealth : The Checkup

Inside a very big and very clean room at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., nearly 30 workers dressed in white protective suits, goggles and blue booties cluster around the parts of a time machine. Read full article >>

IceCube Research Station in Antarctica

When your grade-school science teacher described the various methods one can use to construct a telescope, drilling countless holes a mile and a half deep into Antarctic ice probably wasn't one of them. But that's exactly how the IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory works. Show More Summary

Public Talk: Building the world’s biggest telescope

[ 2 December 2014 at 5:30 pm; ] The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) is one of the biggest and most ambitious global scientific projects ever conceived. Once completed, it will enable us to delve further into the Universe than we ever have before. In this talk, CSIRO astronomer Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith will kick off our Frontiers of Science Conference on astronomy by describing what [...]

Primordial galaxy bursts with starry births

ITHACA, N.Y. - Peering deep into time with one of the world's newest, most sophisticated telescopes, astronomers have found a galaxy - AzTEC-3 - that gives birth annually to 500 times the number of suns as the Milky Way galaxy, according to a new Cornell University-led study published Nov. 10 in the Astrophysical Journal. read more

This Ultra-HD Timelapse Shows The Biggest Sunspot In 22 Years

Last month, the biggest sunspot in 22 years traversed across the sun. Labelled AR 2192, it was big enough to see without the need for a telescope. This awesome timelapse animation can show you what you missed. More »      

Hubble telescope captures stunning image of planetary nebula

The Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 has captured a striking image of a lumpy nebula in the constellation Camelopardis, a.k.a. "The Giraffe." NGC 1501 formed when a massive star shed its outer layers, sending plasma into space. Show More Summary

Astronomers dissect the aftermath of a supernova

In research published today in the Astrophysical Journal, an Australian led team of astronomers has used radio telescopes in Australia and Chile to see inside the remains of a supernova. The supernova, known as SN1987A, was first seen...Show More Summary

True story behind galactic crash revealed

The new MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope has provided researchers with the best view yet of a spectacular cosmic crash. The new observations reveal for the first time the motion of gas as it is ripped out of the galaxy ESO 137-001 as it ploughs at high speed into a vast galaxy cluster. Show More Summary

Astronomers dissect the aftermath of a supernova

Astronomers have used radio telescopes in Australia and Chile to see inside the remains of a supernova. The supernova, known as SN1987A, was first seen by observers in the Southern Hemisphere in 1987 when a giant star suddenly exploded at the edge of a nearby dwarf galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud. Show More Summary

This Ultra-HD timelapse shows the biggest sunspot in 22 years

Last month, the biggest sunspot in 22 years traversed across the Sun. Labelled AR 2192, it was big enough to see without the need for a telescope. This awesome timelapse animation can show you what you missed. Read more...

SwRI-led team telescope effort reveals asteroid's size for the first time

Boulder, Colo. -- Nov. 10, 2014 -- When the double asteroid Patroclus-Menoetius passed directly in front of a star on the night of Oct. 20, a team of volunteer astronomers across the U.S. was waiting. Observing the event, known as an...Show More Summary

VLT’s MUSE sheds light on distant galactic crash

ESO astronomers have used the Very Large Telescope’s (VLT) Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) instrument to make detailed observations of a cosmic collision, revealing secrets as to how star-forming gas was ripped out of a distant spiral galaxy. Show More Summary

NASA: “There have been 10,000 Generations Before Us --Ours Could be the First to Discover Extraterrestrial Life”

In 1960, the astronomer Francis Drake pointed a radio telescope located in Green Bank, West Virginia, toward two Sun-like stars 11 light years away. His hope: to pick up a signal that would prove intelligent life might be out there....

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