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Chance microlensing events probe galactic cores

Some galaxies pump out vast amounts of energy from a very small volume of space, typically not much bigger than our own solar system. The cores of these galaxies, so called Active Galactic Nuclei or AGNs, are often hundreds ...

dateJul 01, 2016 in Astronomy
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New system discovered with five planets

NASA's planet-discovering Kepler mission suffered a major mechanical failure in May 2013, but thanks to innovative techniques subsequently implemented by astronomers the satellite continues to uncover worlds beyond our solar ...

dateJul 01, 2016 in Astronomy
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Stephen Hawking intends to map the known universe

Back in 1997, a team of leading scientists and cosmologists came together to establish the COSMOS supercomputing center at Cambridge University. Under the auspices of famed physicist Stephen Hawking, this facility and its ...

dateJun 30, 2016 in Astronomy
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How planetary age reveals water content

Water is necessary for life as we know it, but too much water is bad for habitability. Therefore, to study the habitability of extrasolar planets, determining the abundance of water is a key element. Yann Alibert, Science ...

dateJun 30, 2016 in Astronomy
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