Stellar (and Planetary) Formation Near Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole Possible, New Study Suggests

An artist’s illustration of the vicinity of the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way galaxy, known as Sagittarius A* . Astronomers have discovered a population of more than 150 massive young stars (shown as blue dots) in recent years that orbit within 2 light-years from the black hole. Newer observational […]

Spitzer Space Telescope Discovers Distant Exoplanet Across the Milky Way

Utilising NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered a distant exoplanet located 13,000 light-years away, through gravitational microlensing. The red cone in the map above our Solar System, depicts the extend in the galaxy of the thousands of known exoplanets that have been discovered by NASA’s Kepler space telescope, while the red circle represents […]

New Study Finds Unusual Mathematical Pattern in Cosmic Radio Bursts

A dramatic night-time image of the 64-m Parkes radio telescope in Australia, under the splenor of the Milky Way. The iconic telescope has detected during the last decade a total of 10 mysterious cosmic radio flashes, known as ‘fast radio bursts’. A new study now suggests that these astrophysical sources exhibit a surprising and […]

In Search of the Invisible Universe: Newly Discovered Dwarf Galaxies Around the Milky Way Might Hold Clues to Dark Matter

An illustration showing the distribution of the two dozen known dwarf satellite galaxies around the Milky Way. Astronomers have recently discovered nine more additional such candidate objects below the plane of the galaxy, shown here in red. Image Credit: S. Koposov, V. Belokurov (IoA, Cambridge). Background: 2MASS

The mystery of dark matter has dominated […]

New Studies Give More Boost to Search for Dark Matter in Milky Way

A view of the Milky Way galaxy in visible wavelengths. Two recent studies have provided more evidence which indicate that our galaxy is dominated in dark matter. In the image, the blue and red dots pinpoint the rotation curve tracers that were used in one of the studies and were colour-coded according to their […]

Astronomers Discover Ancient Terrestrial Exoplanets Around Neighboring Star

Artist’s concept of the recently discovered, tightly packed, and ancient exoplanetary system named Kepler-444. Astroseismic studies of the star’s oscillations, allowed astronomers to determine that it is the oldest planetary system discovered to date, with an age of approximately 11 billion years. Image Credit: Tiago Campante/Peter Devine/University of Birmingham

 

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Astronomers Observe Cosmic Fast Radio Burst in Real Time, Yet Mystery of Their Origin Deepens

A schematic illustration of the Parkes radio telescope receiving the polarised signal from the distant fast radio burst FRB 140514, the first one to be discovered by astronomers in real-time. Image Credit: Swinburne Astronomy Productions

Detective novels aside, astronomy and astrophysics could well be considered as the next best occupation for anyone who loves […]

Astronomers Measure Galactic Winds at Milky Way's Center, Detect Record-Breaking X-Ray Flares From Its Supermassive Black Hole

A composite image of the area around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), taken with NASA’s Chandra X-ray space telescope. The colors in the main image represent medium, and high-energy X-rays as red, green, and blue respectively. The inset box shows a giant […]

Dust in the (Interstellar) Wind: Seven Particles of Possible Interstellar Origin Identified in Samples Returned by NASA's Stardust Spacecraft

A team of researchers has identified seven dust particles that were returned to Earth in 2006 by NASA’s Stardust spacecraft, which might have originated in the interstellar medium. This false-color image shows a diffraction pattern created by one of these particles, named Orion. Image Credit: Zack Gainsforth

Following a preliminary analysis of the dust […]

ESA's 'Discovery Machine' Gets Ready for Science: Gaia Concludes Commissioning Phase, Begins Primary Five-Year Mission

Artist’s concept of the Gaia. Having recently completed a rigorous test and commissioning phase, the space observatory began its five-year primary science mission of mapping and cataloguing approximately 1 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Image Credit: ESA–D. Ducros, 2013

Following the successful conclusion of a very demanding and extensive six-month commissioning period, […]