Items tagged with astronomy

A team of researchers at the University of Alberta has found two minerals never before seen on Earth in a slice of a 15-ton meteorite. The slice came from the ninth-largest meteorite ever found. Skywatchers love watching falling stars light up the night sky. Most burn up as they enter Earth's atmosphere and never... Read more...
New evidence points to the Andromeda galaxy being a cannibal that has been growing with intermittent feasts of smaller galaxies. An international team of scientists recently published a paper with the findings of two honor students. A team of scientists led by a University of Sydney astrophysicist has discovered a... Read more...
A new map has been created which allows users to investigate the entire observable universe with pinpoint accuracy for the first time ever. The gorgeous compilation was pieced together using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey by astronomers at Johns Hopkins University mined over the last two decades. Scientists... Read more...
A NASA-funded team has created a new model that explains the scarcity of planets with masses between super-Earths and mini-Neptunes. The new model aims to explain two puzzling observations that continually appear among the more than 3,800 planetary systems cataloged to date. As scientists and astronomers... Read more...
An intermediate-mass black hole was recently discovered devouring an unsuspecting star that got a bit too close, producing a flair of radiation that outshined even the combined stellar light of the host dwarf galaxy. The destruction of the star is known as a "tidal disruption event", or TDE, and could help scientists... Read more...
The Moon will be entering the Earth's shadow this month, creating a spectacular total lunar eclipse, called a "Blood Moon." If you miss catching this event while it's happening live, it will be another three years before another total lunar eclipse will occur. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon... Read more...
An international team has identified a very large atomic gas structure which spans nearly 2 million light-years in a region around a famous quintet of galaxies. The team used the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) 19-beam receiver to unveil the atomic gas around Stephan's Quintet. Stephan's... Read more...
Sky watchers are in for a treat later this week, as the Orionid meteor shower is expected to provide a fantastic light show in the sky. This particular meteor shower is compliments of perhaps the most famous space rock, Halley's Comet. The Orionid meteor shower is a product of the inbound leg of Halley's Comet. The... Read more...
Scientists have discovered that near-Earth asteroid Phaethon has a measured change in its rotation period. Phaethon is just the 11th asteroid to be found with this unique feature, and its the largest of the group. NASA's DART mission recently flew into asteroid Dimorphos, in a test to see if it is possible to... Read more...
Researchers have created a map of the Milky Way's ancient dead past, revealing the resting place of stars that have since passed away. In fact, the study unveiled a massive eerie graveyard that stretches three times the height of our own Milky Way. The Milky Way as we know it is a crowded space. A black hole... Read more...
A team of researchers have created the first ever computer generated 3D model of the Cat's Eye Nebula, and it is simply purrrfect. The new image also reveals a pair of symmetric rings that encircle the nebula's outer shell. The Cat's Eye Nebula is one of the most complex planetary nebula currently known. It lies... Read more...
9/26/2022 Update As a reminder, Jupiter's closest pass to Earth is tonight, so don't miss the opportunity to see it! It is a busy night for space as the NASA DART mission is reaching its conclusion this evening as well. Original story below... Jupiter will be in opposition to the Sun later this month, presenting an... Read more...
New research seems to indicate a giant gas bubble is circling the Milky Way's supermassive black hole. Astronomers believe the hot bubble of gas is about the size of the planet Mercury, and makes a full lap around the black hole in just 70 minutes. "This requires a mind-blowing velocity of about 30 percent of the... Read more...
The remnants of an exploded white dwarf star are serving as a learning tool for astronomers. The supernova remnant, known as SNR 0519-69.0 (SNR 0519 for short) is the result of debris from a white dwarf star explosion. It is believed that the dwarf star in question reached a critical mass, "either by pulling matter... Read more...
The Hubble Space Telescope continues to capture dazzling images from space, as it catches an intimate cosmic dance of two intertwined spiral galaxies. The two galaxies are located more than a billion light-years from Earth. The European Space Agency (ESA) recently shared an image of two overlapping spiral galaxies... Read more...
People around the world were privy to a gorgeous Harvest Moon over the weekend. Unlike other full moons, the Harvest full Moon rises into the night sky around the same time for several evenings in a row. The Moon has been in the headlines in the recent weeks, as NASA has unsuccessfully attempted to launch its first... Read more...
An international team of researchers have discovered two super-Earth exoplanets, and one of them may be habitable. One of the planets is located at a distance from its star which potentially means it could hold liquid water on its surface. The vast majority of exoplanets discovered so far have not proven to be good... Read more...
Astronomers were able to detect a Jupiter sized exoplanet by tracing a nearly indistinguishable wobble of the star it orbits. By using the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), astronomers produced the first-ever 3 dimensional structure of the orbits of a binary pair of stars and a planet orbiting one of them. According... Read more...
A European Space Agency (ESA) Hubble telescope picture of the week captures a magnificent view of a dwarf irregular galaxy. The image showcases galactic marvel NGC 1156. NGC 1156 is not like many other galaxies known to Hubble. While its thousands of brilliant stars conjure up thoughts of a spiral galaxy, it lacks... Read more...
This weekend will provide avid astronomers with a parade of asteroids zipping past Earth. In fact, there will be a total of five airplane-sized asteroids joining the procession between Saturday and Monday. Just last month, a bus-sized asteroid made its way past Earth on Asteroid Day, the anniversary of the 1908... Read more...
Astronomers may have discovered the youngest planet ever found in our galaxy. The planet is thought to be orbiting AS 209, a young star in the Ophiuchus constellation estimated to be just about 1.6 million years young. Research recently published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters using the Atacama Large... Read more...
2022’s final supermoon is bringing some pizazz as it coincides with the Perseids meteor showers this Thursday. August’s so-called sturgeon full moon will reach its peak at 9:36 p.m. Eastern on the 11th. Supermoons are not perfectly defined. The concept is intended to reflect the times at which the moon enters its... Read more...
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