Building blocks of life found around young star

(—A team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has spotted sugar molecules in the gas surrounding a young Sun-like star. This is the first time sugar been found in space around ...

dateAug 29, 2012 in Astronomy
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What activates a supermassive black hole?

A new study combining data from ESO's Very Large Telescope and ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray space observatory has turned up a surprise. Most of the huge black holes in the centres of galaxies in the past 11 billion years were not ...

dateJul 13, 2011 in Astronomy
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Seeing a Stellar Explosion in 3D (w/ Video)

( -- Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have for the first time obtained a three-dimensional view of the distribution of the innermost material expelled by a recently exploded star. The original blast ...

dateAug 04, 2010 in Astronomy
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A spiral galaxy that resembles our Milky Way

( -- ESO astronomers have used the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope to capture an image of NGC 6744. This impressive spiral galaxy lies about 30 million light-years away in the southern constellation ...

dateJun 01, 2011 in Astronomy
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Light dawns on dark gamma-ray bursts (w/ Video)

( -- Gamma-ray bursts are among the most energetic events in the Universe, but some appear curiously faint in visible light. The biggest study to date of these so-called dark gamma-ray bursts, using the GROND ...

dateDec 16, 2010 in Astronomy
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