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Spitzer Finds Strange New Galaxy 'Species'
2011-12-02 04:25:01

In the distant reaches of the universe, almost 13 billion light-years from Earth, a strange species of galaxy lay hidden. Cloaked in dust and dimmed by the intervening distance, even the Hubble Space Telescope couldn't spy it.

Black Hole Birth Announcement
2011-11-17 14:40:32

For the first time, astronomers have produced a complete description of a black hole, a concentration of mass so dense that not even light can escape its powerful gravitational pull.

Alien Hunters Should Look For 'City Lights'
2011-11-04 03:42:51

In a new paper, researchers from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Princeton suggest a new technique for finding aliens: look for their city lights.

Study Deepens Dark Matter Mystery
2011-10-17 13:15:18

Like all galaxies, our Milky Way is home to a strange substance called dark matter. Dark matter is invisible, betraying its presence only through its gravitational pull.

Kepler Finds Invisible World Tugging On Planet
2011-09-09 05:06:44

When a planet runs five minutes late, astronomers get excited because it suggests that another world is nearby.

White Dwarfs May Need To Slow Down Before Going Supernova
2011-09-07 04:24:24

Older stars may have to slow down their rotations before exploding as supernovae.

Chandra Discovers Nearest Pair Of Supermassive Black Holes
2011-09-01 06:13:01

Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory discovered the first pair of supermassive black holes in a spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way.

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2011-08-11 12:00:00

Astronomers said on Thursday that they have discovered the darkest known exoplanet they say is the size of Jupiter.

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2011-07-22 05:50:00

New research shows that aurorae on distant "hot Jupiters" could be 100-1000 times brighter than Earthly aurorae.


Word of the Day
edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
The word 'edulcoration' comes from a Latin word meaning 'making sweet'.