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Huge Gas Clouds Discovered Orbiting Black Holes

Scientists have known for a while that there can be gas clouds circling supermassive black holes. These clouds were believed to be nothing more than a thin fog, shaped into a ring over time. A team led by Alex Markowitz of the University of California, San Diego studied data collected …

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New Tool Coming In Hunt For Alien Life

With the James Webb Space Telescope still more than four years away from launch astronomers are coming up with ideas on how to maximise its usefulness. However, according to the new paper, “Current proposed methods for measuring pressure by using remote-sensing techniques that could be applicable to exoplanetary atmospheres are …

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Two New Dwarf Planets Discovered in Outer Solar System

Astronomers have now confirmed the discovery of two new dwarf planets: 2013 FY27 and 2013 FZ27. In order to be categorized as a dwarf planet, a celestial body must orbit the sun directly (as opposed to a moon which would orbit the planet directly and the sun indirectly) and be massive …

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Habitable Planets Probably Nearby

Planets on which life might exist could be closer than we think, according to a new analysis of results from the Kepler Space Telescope. “To put things in perspective,” says Courtney Dressing “If we scale the Milky Way Galaxy down to the size of the United States we find that the …

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Trouble strikes China’s lunar rover, Yutu

A series of blog entries have been issued from the perspective of an anthropomorphized Yutu, as it addresses its fans across the world. A translated excerpt reads: “The bad news is, I had to sleep this morning should begin, but before going to sleep, my body found the master control …

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Herschel detects that Ceres has large amounts of water

Ceres has always been believed to have an icy, rocky surface and now new evidence finally confirms that this is true. Scientists using the Herschel Space Telescope have detected ice on the surface and water vapor in the dwarf planet’s atmosphere. The study was led by Michael Küppers of the …

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A star in our galactic neighbourhood just exploded!

Eventually, the ever-growing white dwarf reaches the Chandrasekhar limit of about 1.38 solar masses and collapses in on itself, creating an incredible explosion called carbon detonation. This runaway fusion reaction generates a mind-boggling amount of energy, estimated to be 1-2 x1044 Joules and will be about 5 billion times brighter …

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