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Glimpsing the infrastructure of a gamma-ray burst jet

(Phys.org) —A new study using observations from a novel instrument provides the best look to date at magnetic fields at the heart of gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic explosions in the universe. An international ...

Dec 04, 2013
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Massive black hole duo: Possible sighting by WISE

(Phys.org) —Astronomers have spotted what appear to be two supermassive black holes at the heart of a remote galaxy, circling each other like dance partners. The incredibly rare sighting was made with the ...

Dec 04, 2013
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Suspected dust ring in Venus's orbit confirmed

(Phys.org) —A trio of researchers from The Open University and the University of Central Lancashire in the U.K., has confirmed that a ring of dust surrounds the sun in the orbit of Venus. In their paper ...

Nov 22, 2013 report
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Asteroids' close encounters with Mars

For nearly as long as astronomers have been able to observe asteroids, a question has gone unanswered: Why do the surfaces of most asteroids appear redder than meteorites—the remnants of asteroids that ...

Nov 19, 2013
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Evidence found for granite on Mars

Researchers now have stronger evidence of granite on Mars and a new theory for how the granite – an igneous rock common on Earth—could have formed there, according to a new study. The findings suggest ...

Nov 18, 2013
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