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Dark matter dominates in nearby dwarf galaxy

Dark matter is called "dark" for a good reason. Although they outnumber particles of regular matter by more than a factor of 10, particles of dark matter are elusive. Their existence is inferred by their gravitational influence ...

dateNov 18, 2015 in Astronomy
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A hot Jupiter around a sun-like star

There are almost 1800 confirmed exoplanets known today, and over 4000 exoplanet candidates. Astronomers have obtained estimates for the masses and radii (and hence the average densities) of over four hundred of these confirmed ...

dateNov 18, 2015 in Astronomy
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VISTA pinpoints earliest giant galaxies

Just counting the number of galaxies in a patch of sky provides a way to test astronomers' theories of galaxy formation and evolution. However, such a simple task becomes increasingly hard as astronomers attempt to count ...

dateNov 18, 2015 in Astronomy
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Image: A supermassive black hole in action

Scientists often use the combined power of multiple telescopes to reveal the secrets of the Universe – and this image is a prime example of when this technique is strikingly effective.

dateNov 17, 2015 in Astronomy
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Hubble views a lonely galaxy

Only three local stars appear in this image, quartered by right-angled diffraction spikes. Everything besides them is a galaxy; floating like a swarm of microbes in a drop of water, and brought into view here not by a microscope, ...

dateNov 16, 2015 in Astronomy
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