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About 23% of the Universe is made up of mysterious â€˜dark matterâ€™, invisible material only detected through its gravitational influence on its surroundings.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers studying two exploding stars, or supernovae, have found evidence the blasts received an extra boost from newborn black holes.
Many of the best computer models of supernova explosions fail to produce an explosion - Instead, according to the simulations, gravity wins the day and the star simply collapses.
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission launched successfully at 9:09am EST today.
Astronomers on behalf of Galaxy Zoo have unveiled a new game aimed at letting players help them understand how galaxies have formed.
The Catholic Church has come a long way since locking up Galileo for questioning whether the universe revolves around the Earth.
Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope have gained tantalizing insights into the nature of the most distant object ever observed in the Universe -- a gigantic stellar explosion known as a Gamma Ray Burst (GRB).
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- ET meets Carl Sagan in Out of this World, a new book from Kids Can Press that asks whether there is life somewhere out there in the universe.
As scientists attempt to learn more about how galaxies evolve, an open question has been whether collisions with our dwarf galactic neighbors will one day tear apart the disk of the Milky Way.
For decades, astronomers have gone about their business of studying the cosmos with the assumption that stars of certain sizes form in certain quantities.
The prominent feature that allows for the existence of life on Earth is the Sun. Radiation from our closest star provides heat and energy to our planet, driving biological processes and providing the necessary conditions for liquid water to naturally exist. But our Sun is only but one star in this vast Universe. And as it turns out, most stars are quite different than the one that illuminates our day. For this reason, scientists have, for hundreds of years, attempted to study the other...
Xenobiology -- Xenobiology (or exobiology, or astrobiology) is the term for a speculative field within biology which considers the possibility of, and possible nature of, extraterrestrial life. It also necessarily includes the concept of artificial life, since any life form might naturally evolve elsewhere, could conceivably come out of a laboratory using a future technology. It might be difficult to tell whether a truly strange life form had in fact arisen in space, or was designed much...