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Scientists Discover How Supermassive Black Holes Are Fed
January 14, 2019
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Scientists Discover How Supermassive Black Holes Are Fed

An Israeli-led team has figured out how supermassive black holes get so big. They observed a strange light spectrum from suddenly growing black hole. Supermassive black holes lie at the cores of most galaxies. They weigh millions to billions of times more than our sun. But it still remains unclear to scientists how they grow to...

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TESS Discovers An Exoplanet 23 Times The Size Of Earth
January 08, 2019
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TESS Discovers An Exoplanet 23 Times The Size Of Earth

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered a third exoplanet outside our solar system. TESS has been hunting for three months now. The new planet, named HD 21749b, orbits a bright, nearby dwarf star about 53 light-years away, in the constellation Reticulum. It has the longest orbital period at...

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Giant Cosmic Collision Could Send Our Solar System Flying Into Space
January 04, 2019
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Giant Cosmic Collision Could Send Our Solar System Flying Into Space

The Milky Way may face a cosmic collision in about two billion years which is relatively soon at the scale of the universe. Astrophysicists at Durham University, UK, predict that the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) could hit the Milky Way in two billion years’ time. The satellite galaxy is hurtling towards us and could...

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Enormous Dwarf Galaxy Found Orbiting the Milky Way
November 28, 2018
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Enormous Dwarf Galaxy Found Orbiting the Milky Way

Astronomers have just discovered a new satellite dwarf galaxy orbiting the Milky Way. It lies in the constellation Antlia. So, researchers named the new satellite Antlia 2 or Ant 2. It is as big as the LMC (Large Magellanic Cloud), or about one-third of the size of the Milky Way. However, Ant 2 is amazingly faint...

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Researchers Find Four Alien Planets Orbiting Newborn Star
October 16, 2018
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Researchers Find Four Alien Planets Orbiting Newborn Star

Astronomers have identified a young star with four alien planets orbiting around it. This system lies 500 light-years from Earth. The newfound star is CI Tau which is just 2 million years old. In comparison, our own star is nearly 5 billion years old. A swirling clump of dust and gas, a protoplanetary disk, surrounds the...

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Have We Discovered The First Exomoon?
October 03, 2018
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Have We Discovered The First Exomoon?

Astronomers have collected compelling evidence for the discovery of what could be an exomoon, a moon outside our solar system. If the discovery turns out to be true, this would be the first time astronomers find a moon orbiting a planet outside our Solar System. Data shows that the moon orbits a gas-giant planet 8,000...

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Milky Way Died Once, This Is Its Second Life
August 28, 2018
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Milky Way Died Once, This Is Its Second Life

Calculations show that our galactic home, the Milky Way, died at some point in its history. So, we are now in its second life. Academics at Tohoku University believe the Milky Way experienced a dark age when the formation of new stars dramatically stopped. Astronomer Masafumi Noguchi from the Tohoku University has made some...

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Astronomers Observe First Coronal Mass Ejection from Other Star
August 14, 2018
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Astronomers Observe First Coronal Mass Ejection from Other Star

Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) appears when a star spews a glob of plasma and charged particles from its corona into surrounding space. CMEs on our Sun occur almost every day and we’ve known about them since 1971. But this is the first time astronomers have identified it on another star. “People have looked for this for a long...

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Milky Way’s Long-Lost Sibling Was Eaten By Andromeda
July 23, 2018
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Milky Way’s Long-Lost Sibling Was Eaten By Andromeda

Scientists at the University of Michigan found that our closest large galactic neighbor has cannibalized Milky Way’s long-lost sibling.  It turns out the Milky Way galaxy once had a sibling named M32p. A new study has concluded that Andromeda shredded it about 2 billion years ago. Researchers published the study online...

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Einstein is Right Again – All Objects Fall the Same Way
July 05, 2018
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Einstein is Right Again – All Objects Fall the Same Way

Astronomers find more evidence that Einstein got gravity right. One of his predictions was that all objects fall the same way despite their mass or composition. Until now Einstein’s equations have passed all tests. Even his theory of falling objects has passed tests here on Earth. But scientists weren’t sure if the...

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