Astronomers pierce galactic clouds to shine light on black hole development
An international team of scientists including a Virginia Tech physicist have discovered that winds blowing from a supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy work to obscure observations and x-rays.
Gemini Planet Imager captures best photo ever of an exoplanet
A turbulent birth for stars in merging galaxies
(Phys.org) —Using state of the art computer simulations, a team of French astrophysicists have for the first time explained a long standing mystery: why surges of star formation (so called 'starbursts') ...
Astronomical forensics uncover planetary disks in Hubble archive
(Phys.org) —Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have applied a new image processing technique to obtain near-infrared scattered light photos of five disks observed around young stars in the ...
Hubble extends stellar tape measure 10 times farther into space
(Phys.org) —Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers now can precisely measure the distance of stars up to 10,000 light-years away—10 times farther than previously possible.
Hubble Space Telescope spots Mars-bound comet sprout multiple jets
(Phys.org) —NASA released Thursday an image of a comet that, on Oct. 19, will pass within 84,000 miles of Mars—less than half the distance between Earth and our moon.
Astronomers observe closest milemarker supernova in generation (Update)
(Phys.org) —Researchers including a Texas Tech University physicist have intently studied the closest type Ia supernova discovered in a generation. The proximity to Earth could yield better understanding ...
Astronomers witness mysterious, never-before-seen disintegration of asteroid
Astronomers have witnessed for the first time the breakup of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces. The discovery is published online March 6 in Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Stars' clockwork motion captured in nearby galaxy
(Phys.org) —Using the sharp-eyed NASA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have for the first time precisely measured the rotation rate of a galaxy based on the clock-like movement of its stars.
Hubble and Cassini get a 360-degree view of Saturn's auroras (w/ video)
(Phys.org) —NASA trained several pairs of eyes on Saturn as the planet put on a dancing light show at its poles. While NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, orbiting around Earth, was able to observe the northern ...
Hubble images spawn theory of how spiral galaxies turn into jellyfish before becoming elliptical
Scientists directly image brown dwarf for the first time at Keck Observatory
(Phys.org) —A team of researchers led by Justin R. Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, has directly imaged a very rare type of brown dwarf that can serve ...
Researchers use Hubble Telescope to reveal cloudy weather on alien world
Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ 1214b would have an easy job. Today's forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds.
Hubble discovers water vapor venting from Jupiter's moon Europa
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has discovered water vapour erupting from the frigid surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, in one or more localised plumes near its south pole.