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Ancient gas cloud reveals that the universe’s first stars formed quickly

November 11, 2019

The discovery of a 13 billion-year-old cosmic cloud of gas enabled a team of Carnegie astronomers to perform…
Some Quasars Shine With the Light of Over a Trillion Stars

October 17, 2019

Quasars are some of the brightest objects in the Universe. The brightest ones are so luminous they outshine…
Cloaked Black Hole Discovered in Early Universe Using NASA’s Chandra

August 9, 2019

Astronomers have discovered evidence for the farthest “cloaked” black hole found to date, using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.…
X-rays Spot Spinning Black Holes Across Cosmic Sea

July 3, 2019

Like whirlpools in the ocean, spinning black holes in space create a swirling torrent around them. However, black…
Cold quasars could rewrite our understanding of a galaxy’s lifecycle

June 14, 2019

Astronomers have discovered a new class of “cold quasars” that could change our perception of how galaxies mature.…
Old black holes in a young universe

April 18, 2019

An international team of astronomers discovered 83 quasars powered by supermassive black holes in the distant universe when…
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VLA Makes First Direct Image of Key Feature of Powerful Radio Galaxies

April 3, 2019

Structure suggested by theorists decades ago Astronomers used the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array…
Astronomers discover 83 supermassive black holes in the early universe

March 18, 2019

“It is remarkable that such massive dense objects were able to form so soon after the Big Bang,”…
Where is the Universe Hiding its Missing Mass?

February 15, 2019

New results from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory may have helped solve the Universe’s “missing mass” problem, as reported…
Seeing double could help resolve dispute about how fast the universe is expanding

January 22, 2019

Team led by two UCLA astronomers uses split images of quasars to produce a new estimate of the…
Astronomers uncover the brightest quasar in the early universe

January 11, 2019

Researchers have discovered the brightest quasar yet known, detected from the period when the universe’s star-making hydrogen gas…
Cosmic Telescope Zooms in on the Beginning of Time

January 10, 2019

Observations from Gemini Observatory identify a key fingerprint of an extremely distant quasar, allowing astronomers to sample light…
Cosmic Microwaves Tell Tale as Old as Time

January 8, 2019

Hot spots in the cosmic microwave background tell us about the history and evolution of distant quasars. Using…
Gamma Rays from Exotic Milky Way Object Detected by Mountaintop Observatory

October 8, 2018

The night sky seems serene, but telescopes tell us that the universe is filled with collisions and explosions.…
Gemini Confirms the Most Distant Radio Galaxy

August 29, 2018

Using the Gemini North telescope in Hawai`i, an international team of astronomers from Brazil, Italy, the Netherlands, and…
Distant quasar providing clues to early-universe conditions

July 16, 2018

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) have made an image revealing tantalizing details…
Intense laser experiments provide first evidence that light can stop electrons

February 19, 2018

Whenever light hits an object, some of the light scatters back from the surface of the object. However,…
Scientists observe supermassive black hole in infant universe

December 11, 2017

A team of astronomers, including two from MIT, has detected the most distant supermassive black hole ever observed.…
Magnetic fields in distant galaxy are new piece of cosmic puzzle

September 1, 2017

Astronomers have measured magnetic fields in a galaxy 4.6 billion light-years away — a big clue to understanding…
4.6 billion-year-old galaxy shines light on our universe

August 31, 2017

Magnetic fields occur as regulatory forces in galaxies. They determine, for example, whether stars cluster in spiral arms…
VLA Reveals Distant Galaxy’s Magnetic Field

August 29, 2017

With the help of a gigantic cosmic lens, astronomers have measured the magnetic field of a galaxy nearly…
Ripples in the Cosmic Web

April 28, 2017

The far-flung corners of intergalactic space are lonely places, barren of much else but atoms. In these vast…
Cosmic lenses support finding on faster than expected expansion of the Universe

January 28, 2017

By using galaxies as giant gravitational lenses, an international group of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope…
Do Extremely Reddened Quasars Extinguish Star Formation?

November 16, 2016

Galaxies formed and grew billions of years ago by accumulating gas from their surroundings, or colliding and merging…
ESO’s VLT Detects Unexpected Giant Glowing Halos around Distant Quasars

October 27, 2016

An international collaboration of astronomers, led by a group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in…
Ch-ch-ch-changes in a distant quasar

September 16, 2016

Yale astronomers Grant Tremblay and Meredith Powell are part of the first research team to document a “changing…
New Research Shows Quasars Slowed Star Formation

March 30, 2016

Research led by Johns Hopkins University scientists has found new persuasive evidence that could help solve a long-standing…
Update: Astrophysicists detect ultra-fast winds near supermassive black hole

March 23, 2016

New research led by astrophysicists at York University has revealed the fastest winds ever seen at ultraviolet wavelengths…
The Turbulent Birth of a Quasar

January 18, 2016

ALMA reveals secrets of most luminous known galaxy in Universe Quasars are distant galaxies with very active supermassive…
Quiet quasar has apparently eaten its fill

January 11, 2016

Astronomers with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) announced that a distant quasar ran out of gas. Their…
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