News tagged with digital sky survey

Strange galaxy perplexes astronomers

With the help of citizen scientists, a team of astronomers has found an important new example of a very rare type of galaxy that may yield valuable insight on how galaxies developed in the early Universe. ...

Dec 02, 2014
4.3 / 5 (22) 4

New survey begins mapping nearby galaxies

A new survey called MaNGA (Mapping Nearby Galaxies at Apache Point Observatory) has been launched that will greatly expand our understanding of galaxies, including the Milky Way, by charting the internal ...

Aug 18, 2014
4.8 / 5 (12) 1

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey expands its reach

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) has launched a major program of three new surveys, adding novel capabilities to expand its census of the Universe into regions it had been unable to explore before.

Jul 16, 2014
5 / 5 (4) 0

Mining data archives yields haul of 'red nuggets'

The world of astronomy has changed. An astronomer used to have to travel to a remote location and endure long, cold nights, patiently guiding a telescope to collect precious photons of light. Now, a proliferation ...

Jun 11, 2014
4.4 / 5 (9) 1

Cosmologists weigh cosmic filaments and voids

(Phys.org) —Cosmologists have established that much of the stuff of the universe is made of dark matter, a mysterious, invisible substance that can't be directly detected but which exerts a gravitational ...

Apr 17, 2014
4.2 / 5 (35) 20

Supernova cleans up its surroundings

(Phys.org) —Supernovas are the spectacular ends to the lives of many massive stars. These explosions, which occur on average twice a century in the Milky Way, can produce enormous amounts of energy and ...

Apr 10, 2014
5 / 5 (7) 0

Image: Hot gas sloshing in a galactic cauldron

(Phys.org) —Galaxies are social beasts that are mostly found in groups or clusters – large assemblies of galaxies that are permeated by even larger amounts of diffuse gas. With temperatures of 10 million ...

Nov 19, 2013
5 / 5 (5) 18 | with audio podcast

Preserving the legacy of the X-ray universe

Every year, October is designated as American Archive Month. While many people may think "archive" means only dusty books and letters, there are, in fact, many other types of important archives. This includes ...

Oct 29, 2013
5 / 5 (1) 1

The remarkable remains of a recent supernova

(Phys.org) —Astronomers estimate that a star explodes as a supernova in our Galaxy, on average, about twice per century. In 2008, a team of scientists announced they discovered the remains of a supernova ...

Jun 26, 2013
4.6 / 5 (9) 2 | with audio podcast

Was Kepler's supernova unusually powerful?

(Phys.org)—In 1604, a new star appeared in the night sky that was much brighter than Jupiter and dimmed over several weeks. This event was witnessed by sky watchers including the famous astronomer Johannes ...

Sep 11, 2012
4.9 / 5 (9) 0 | with audio podcast

Has the speediest pulsar been found?

(Phys.org) -- NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton in space, and the Parkes radio telescope in Australia -- may have found the fastest moving pulsar ever seen.

Jun 28, 2012
4.6 / 5 (9) 3 | with audio podcast