All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Astronomy’

Fate of Comet ISON Still Undetermined

More than one week on from comet ISON‘s close approach to the sun, astronomers are still working hard to determine what exactly happened to the object. The comet approached the sun on November 28 after traveling for millions of years from outside our solar system. NASA and ESA researchers used a wide array of instruments to capture the comet’s approach, …

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Astronomers May Have Spotted a Double Black Hole

Astronomers this week revealed that a double black hole system may have been found. An object known as WISE J233237.05-505643.5 was spotted at the center of a galaxy 3.8 billion light-years from our solar system. The jet shooting up out of the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy appears to be wavy, rather than straight. This suggests …

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Ultra Bright Black Hole Discovered

An ultraluminous black hole that exists in the neighboring Pinwheel Galaxy has been discovered by astronomers, which shines twice as bright as previously thought possible. The ultra-bright object, which exists in a system called ULX-1, that resides about 22 million light-years from Earth, may alter traditional thinking regarding how black holes radiate energy. Joel Bregman of the University of Michigan …

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Comet ISON Moving Closer to Sun for Thanksgiving

Many are preparing to draw closer together on Thanksgiving, and that includes space interaction as well. Comet ISON, which has more popularly been referred to as the “comet of the century” is currently continuing on the pathway to approach the sun’s vicinity. The closest encounter will be on November 28th, which just happens to also be Thanksgiving. The comet is …

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Three Ancient Galaxies Spotted Merging

Astronomers this week revealed that they have spotted three ancient galaxies that appear to be merging. The observations, which were made using both the Hubble Space Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) are recorded in a paper to be published in The Astrophysical Journal. The three galaxies are located inside a large gas cloud that is located almost …

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Astronomers Confirm Milky Way Particle Jet

Astronomers this week have revealed the confirmation that the black hole at the center of our galaxy is ejecting a stream of high-energy particles. The new findings have been published in The Astrophysical Journal. Researchers for some time have assumed that our Milky Way galaxy has a jet of particles spouting from its center, much like other galaxies similar to …

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Leonid Meteor Shower Expected This Weekend

The long awaited annual mid-November Leonid meteor shower will peak this weekend. The only problem is that the full moon’s glare may obstruct the annual celestial show. Assuming that the skies are clear during the peak viewing times, which will be just before the dawn on Sunday morning, you might just see Leonid streaks as well as a comet called …

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Hubble Finds Young Milky Way-Like Galaxies

Astronomers this week detailed findings showing how our own galaxy, the Milky Way, may have looked when it was first forming. The research, published recently in The Astrophysical Journal, shows that the Milky Way was likely once a blue-hued, gas-filled, low-mass object. It then gained mass and became a flat disc shape with a slight bulge in its center. Over …

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Astronomers Spot Newborn Star Spouting Gas

NASA today unveiled a new image of the stellar object known as HH 46/47. The picture shows that the object is a newly-formed star that is shedding some of the gasses from which it formed. The new observations have been published in The Astrophysical Journal. HH 46/47 can be seen throwing out huge jets of gas traveling out from the …

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Hubble Telescope Spots Six-Tailed Asteroid

Astronomers today announced that an asteroid with six “comet-like” tails has been discovered. The asteroid, currently named P/2013 P5, was imaged twice in September by the Hubble Space Telescope. Its strange tails were seen changing position over the course of just a few days. A paper describing the asteroid was published today in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. Astronomers currently hypothesize …

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Hot, Earth-Sized Exoplanet Found by Astronomers

Astronomers this week revealed that the mass of exoplanet Kepler 78b has been determined. The planet, located 400 light-year away in orbit around the star Kepler 78, has a mass of around 1.7 times that of Earth. The planet also has a radius just 1.2 times that of Earth and its density is also similar to Earth’s. The new research …

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New Confirmed Most-Distant Galaxy Announced

Just over one year ago, NASA announced that the most distant galaxy yet found may have been spotted. Just two months later another galaxy took the title of most distant candidate. As astronomers improve techniques to peer further into the universe’s past this sort rapid record-setting can be expected for years to come, and today yet another galaxy has actually …

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