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Astronomers uncover the brightest quasar in the early universe

Maunakea, Hawaii - Astronomers have discovered the brightest object ever seen at a time when the universe was less than one billion years old. With the help of multiple, world-class telescopes in Hawaii - Gemini Observatory, James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT), United Kingdom Infra-Red Telescope (UKIRT), and W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea, Hawaii Island, as well as the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response…

Canada’s CHIME telescope detects second repeating fast radio burst

A Canadian-led team of scientists has found the second repeating fast radio burst (FRB) ever recorded. FRBs are short bursts of radio waves coming from far outside our Milky Way galaxy. Scientists believe FRBs emanate from powerful astrophysical phenomena billions of light years away. The discovery of the extragalactic signal is among the first, eagerly awaited results from the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME),…

X-ray pulse detected near event horizon as black hole devours star

IMAGE: This artist's impression shows hot gas orbiting in a disk around a rapidly-spinning black hole. The elongated spot depicts an X-ray-bright region in the disk, which allows the spin of... view more  Credit: NASA/CXC/M. Weiss (CAMBRIDGE, MA) - On Nov. 22, 2014, astronomers spotted a rare event in the night sky: A supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy, nearly 300 million light…

‘Missing’ galactic mergers come to light with new technique

IMAGE: A computer simulation of a galaxy (left); the same galaxy adjusted to appear as it might in an observation by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (middle); a computer simulation of... view more  Credit: Nevin et al., 2019 Galaxy mergers--in which two galaxies join together over billions of years in sometimes-dramatic bursts of light--aren't always easy for astronomers to spot. Now, scientists from the University of…

Edwin A. Bergin wins the 2019 Heineman Prize for Astrophysics

IMAGE: Edwin A. Bergin, winner of the 2019 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics view more  Credit: Bergin WASHINGTON, D.C., January 8, 2018 --The Heineman Foundation, American Institute of Physics (AIP) and American Astronomical Society (AAS) congratulate Edwin A. (Ted) Bergin, professor and chair of astronomy at the University of Michigan, for winning the 2019 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics. Bergin's citation reads: "for his pioneering work…

Nature’s magnifying glass reveals unexpected intermediate mass exoplanets

IMAGE: Planet OGLE-2012-BLG-0950Lb was detected through gravitational microlensing, a phenomenon that acts as nature's magnifying glass. view more  Credit: CREDIT: LCO/D. BENNETT Maunakea, Hawaii - Astronomers have found a new exoplanet that could alter the standing theory of planet formation. With a mass that's between that of Neptune and Saturn, and its location beyond the "snow line" of its host star, an alien world of this…

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…
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