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Mystery Solved: Supernova Lies Behind Cosmic 'Magnifying Glass'

Looking through space for distant stars, galaxies and anything else is hard. But luckily, sometimes the universe itself lends a helping hand, in the form of a galactic-sized magnifying lens. ...

11 hours ago from Discover Magazine

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Astronomical forensics uncover planetary disks in Hubble archive

( —Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have applied a new image processing technique to obtain near-infrared scattered light photos of five disks observed around young stars ...

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Why Habitable Exoplanets Are Bad News for Humanity's Future

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Last week, scientists announced the discovery of Kepler-186f, a planet 492 light years away in the Cygnus constellation. Kepler-186f ...

14 hours ago from Discover Magazine

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Professional and amateur astronomers join forces

( —Long before the term "citizen science" was coined, the field of astronomy has benefited from countless men and women who study the sky in their spare time. These amateur astronomers ...

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Switch on sunlight for a brighter future

Imagine sitting in a windowless room yet having the feeling of the sun shining on your face. This unique experience is now possible thanks to the COELUX EU-funded project which recreates the ...

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Hidden black hole duo discovered because they ripped apart a planet

As a certain author once conveyed, space is really big. If it seems like astronomers are constantly discovering things never seen before, that’s because the universe is so vast that it ...

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Unique pair of supermassive black holes in an ordinary galaxy discovered

( —A pair of supermassive black holes in orbit around one another have been discovered by an international research team including Stefanie Komossa from the Max Planck Institute for ...

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Physicists consider implications of recent revelations about the universe's first light

Last month, scientists announced the first hard evidence for cosmic inflation, the process by which the infant universe swelled from microscopic to cosmic size in an instant. This almost unimaginably ...

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Red Stars Have Big Bulges: How Black Holes Shape Galaxies

The universe we can see is made up of billions of galaxies, each containing anywhere from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of billions of stars. Large numbers of galaxies are elliptical in ...

21 hours ago from Science 2.0

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'Tis the season: Be on the lookout for brown recluse spiders

Warmer, spring weather has many of us getting out and becoming more active, and the brown recluse spider is no exception. Scientists shared 10 facts about the somewhat small, shy spider.

14 hours ago from ScienceDaily

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