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Are We Alone in the Universe? Rutgers Professor Explores Possibility of Life on Mars and Beyond

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People have spent centuries wondering whether life exists beyond Earth, but only recently have scientists developed the tools…
This is how a “fuzzy” universe may have looked

October 3, 2019

Scientists simulate early galaxy formation in a universe of dark matter that is ultralight, or “fuzzy,” rather than…
The red objects are zoomed-in figures of the 12 galaxies found in the most distant protocluster. Six of these galaxies were found by Gemini Observatory. Credit: NAOJ/Harikane et al.
Record-Breaking Protocluster Takes Fast-track

September 30, 2019

The discovery of the most distant large-scale cluster of galaxies in the very young Universe has astronomers puzzling…
NASA Visualization Shows a Black Hole’s Warped World

September 26, 2019

This new visualization of a black hole illustrates how its gravity distorts our view, warping its surroundings as…
Black Hole Seeds Missing in Cosmic Garden

September 25, 2019

In the vast garden of the universe, the heaviest black holes grew from seeds. Nourished by the gas…
NASA’s WFIRST Will Help Uncover the Universe’s Fate

September 15, 2019

Scientists have discovered that a mysterious pressure dubbed “dark energy” makes up about 68% of the total energy…
NASA Selects Proposals to Further Study the Fundamental Nature of Space

August 14, 2019

NASA has selected two proposals for concept studies that could help us better understand the fundamental nature of…
What Are Light Echoes? Using Reflections Of Light To See Even Further Back In Time

August 7, 2019

When we look outward into space, we’re looking backwards in time. That’s because light moves, at the speed…
NASA’s TESS Mission Scores ‘Hat Trick’ With 3 New Worlds

July 30, 2019

NASA’s newest planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), has discovered three new worlds — one slightly…
New measurement of universe’s expansion rate is “stuck in the middle”

July 23, 2019

A team of collaborators from Carnegie and the University of Chicago used red giant stars that were observed…
Algorithm is designed to map universe, solve mysteries

July 10, 2019

To solve some of physics’ greatest mysteries, researchers at Cornell University have developed an algorithm designed to visualize models of…
Euclid Dark Energy Telescope Selects Deep Fields

June 13, 2019

Three extremely dark patches of the sky have been selected for in-depth observations by the European Space Agency’s…
A New Look at One of the Most Abundant Particles in the Universe

June 4, 2019

Deep learning helps researchers understand the elusive neutrino. Neutrinos are constantly bombarding the surface of the earth. They…
NASA’s Spitzer Captures Stellar Family Portrait

May 31, 2019

In this large celestial mosaic taken by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, there’s a lot to see, including multiple…
Gravitational waves leave a detectable mark, physicists say

May 13, 2019

Gravitational waves, first detected in 2016, offer a new window on the universe, with the potential to tell…
New Clues About How Ancient Galaxies Lit up the Universe

May 9, 2019

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed that some of the universe’s earliest galaxies were brighter than expected. The…
Mystery of the Universe’s Expansion Rate Widens With New Hubble Data

April 26, 2019

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope say they have crossed an important threshold in revealing a discrepancy between…
Image of planetary nebula NGC 7027 with illustration of helium hydride molecules. In this planetary nebula, SOFIA detected helium hydride, a combination of helium (red) and hydrogen (blue), which was the first type of molecule to ever form in the early universe. This is the first time helium hydride has been found in the modern universe. Credits: NASA/ESA/Hubble Processing: Judy Schmidt
The Universe’s First Type of Molecule Is Found at Last

April 19, 2019

The first type of molecule that ever formed in the universe has been detected in space for the…
Making of the Largest 3D Map of the Universe (Video)

April 15, 2019

In this video, DESI project participants share their insight and excitement about the project and its potential for…
Black Hole Image Makes History

April 11, 2019

A black hole and its shadow have been captured in an image for the first time, a historic…
Ultra-sharp Images Make Old Stars Look Absolutely Marvelous!

March 25, 2019

Using high-resolution adaptive optics imaging from the Gemini Observatory, astronomers have uncovered one of the oldest star clusters…
Magnetic fields in the Orion Nebula, shown as stream lines over an infrared image taken by the Very Large Telescope in Chile, are regulating the formation of new stars. SOFIA’s HAWC+ instrument is sensitive to the alignment of dust grains, which line up along magnetic fields, letting researchers infer the direction and strength. Credits: NASA/SOFIA/D. Chuss et al. and European Southern Observatory/M.McCaughrean et al.
SOFIA Uncovers Clues to the Evolution of Universe and Search for Life

February 21, 2019

A compilation of scientific results from The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, reveal new clues to how…
NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of Universe

February 14, 2019

NASA has selected a new space mission that will help astronomers understand both how our universe evolved and…
The “stuff” of the universe keeps changing

February 7, 2019

Review discusses how stable elements came from the lives and deaths of stars The composition of the universe—the…
Lucky find for Hubble – a new galaxy in the cosmic neighbourhood

February 4, 2019

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study some of the oldest and faintest stars in the…
Birth of Massive Black Holes in the Early Universe Revealed

January 25, 2019

The light released from around the first massive black holes in the universe is so intense that it…
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…
Hubble’s Cosmic Holiday Wreath

December 22, 2018

This festive NASA Hubble Space Telescope image resembles a holiday wreath made of sparkling lights. The bright southern…
Beyond the black hole singularity

December 21, 2018

Our first glimpses into the physics that exist near the center of a black hole are being made…
New Model Proposes a Method of Unifying Dark Energy and Dark Matter in the Universe

December 14, 2018

As a potential solution to one of the biggest mysteries in modern physics, namely – the mismatch between…
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