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A survey machine and a data trove: Dark Energy Survey’s rich...

IMAGE: This stunning image of the Milky Way arching over CTIO was taken from the eastern edge of the observatory, looking West (and South and North). The panorama shows the central... view more  Credit: Anja von der Linden DES scientists will discuss recent results at a special session at the American Astronomical Society winter meeting in Seattle today, Jan. 8. DES will also host an interactive…

TESS discovers its third new planet, with longest orbit yet

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS, has discovered a third small planet outside our solar system, scientists announced this week at the annual American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle. The new planet, named HD 21749b, orbits a bright, nearby dwarf star about 53 light years away, in the constellation Reticulum, and appears to have the longest orbital period of the three planets so far identified…

2019 Times Higher Education Research Excellence Summit: Asia-Pacific

The Times Higher Education Research Excellence Summit: Asia Pacific will bring leaders from the most significant research universities in the region, together with policymakers and investors, to UNSW to share and advance understanding of the public impact of research on the most critical issues affecting the 21st century. Hosted in partnership with Times Higher Education (THE), the global authority on university excellence, the Summit covers…

Hubble takes gigantic image of the Triangulum Galaxy

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the most detailed image yet of a close neighbour of the Milky Way -- the Triangulum Galaxy, a spiral galaxy located at a distance of only three million light-years. This panoramic survey of the third-largest galaxy in our Local Group of galaxies provides a mesmerising view of the 40 billion stars that make up one of the most…

Tiny satellites could be ‘guide stars’ for huge next-generation telescopes

There are more than 3,900 confirmed planets beyond our solar system. Most of them have been detected because of their "transits" -- instances when a planet crosses its star, momentarily blocking its light. These dips in starlight can tell astronomers a bit about a planet's size and its distance from its star. But knowing more about the planet, including whether it harbors oxygen, water, and…

Catastrophic galactic collision could send solar system flying into space

New research led by astrophysicists at Durham University, UK, predicts that the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) could hit the Milky Way in two billion years' time. The collision could occur much earlier than the predicted impact between the Milky Way and another neighbouring galaxy, Andromeda, which scientists say will hit our galaxy in eight billion years. The catastrophic coming together with the Large Magellanic Cloud…

New nanosatellite system captures better imagery at lower cost

BEER-SHEVA, Israel...January 4, 2019 - Ben-Gurion University researchers have developed a new satellite imaging system that could revolutionize the economics and imagery available from space-based cameras and even earth-based telescopes. "This is an invention that completely changes the costs of space exploration, astronomy, aerial photography, and more," says Angika Bulbul, a BGU Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Prof. Joseph Rosen in the BGU Department…

Next up: Ultracold simulators of super-dense stars

IMAGE: Rice University physicists reported the first laser-cooled neutral plasma, a breakthrough that could lead to simulators for exotic states of matter that occur at the center of Jupiter or white... view more  Credit: Photo by Brandon Martin/Rice University HOUSTON -- (Jan. 3, 2019) -- Rice University physicists have created the world's first laser-cooled neutral plasma, completing a 20-year quest that sets the stage for simulators…

UTA researcher to develop method to more accurately measure snow water...

IMAGE: Yu Zhang, an assistant professor in the Civil Engineering Department, has earned a $515,565 grant from NOAA. view more  Credit: UT Arlington For years, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has provided hydrologic and snow services to predict water amounts for the continental United States. Hydrologic services include flood warnings and drought warnings, while snow services include depth and water equivalent data. However, the two…

Catastrophic galactic collision could send Solar System flying into space

New research led by astrophysicists at Durham University, UK, predicts that the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) could hit the Milky Way in two billion years' time. The collision could occur much earlier than the predicted impact between the Milky Way and another neighbouring galaxy, Andromeda, which scientists say will hit our galaxy in eight billion years. The catastrophic coming together with the Large Magellanic Cloud…
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