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Scientists find new ways to detect the passage of gravitational waves

Gravitational waves leave a detectable mark after they have passed. Gravitational waves, first detected in 2016, offer a new window on the universe, with the...
Some ancient galaxies were brighter than expected, says study

Some ancient galaxies were brighter than expected, says study

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed that some of the universe's earliest galaxies were brighter than expected. The excess light is a byproduct of the...

This new filter could map the dark unseen universe better

The earliest known light in our universe, known as the cosmic microwave background, was emitted about 380,000 years after the Big Bang. The patterning of...
This rare supernova could help resolve a long-standing origin debate

This rare supernova could help resolve a long-standing origin debate

Detection of a supernova with an unusual chemical signature may hold the key to solving the longstanding mystery that is the source of these...
Scientists reveal the secret of blue supergiant stars

Scientists reveal the secret of blue supergiant stars

Blue supergiants are the rock-and-roll stars of the universe. They are massive stars that live fast and die young which makes them rare and difficult...
How the Earth's moon formed

How the Earth’s moon formed?

For more than a century, scientists have squabbled over how the Earth's moon formed. But researchers at Yale and in Japan say they may...
What deep learning reveals about Saturn’s storms

What deep learning reveals about Saturn’s storms

A "deep learning" approach to detecting storms on Saturn is set to transform our understanding of planetary atmospheres, according to University College London and...
Nearby neutron-star collision likely gave earth some gold and platinum

Nearby neutron-star collision likely gave earth some gold and platinum

Astrophysicists have identified a violent collision of two neutron stars 4.6 billion years ago as the likely source of some of the most coveted...
What a dying star's ashes tell us about the birth of our solar system

What a dying star’s ashes tell us about the birth of our solar system

A grain of dust forged in the death throes of a long-gone star was discovered by a team of researchers led by the University...
This element makes the universe look like a toddler

This element makes the universe look like a toddler

In terms of longevity, the universe has nothing on xenon 124. Theory predicts the isotope's radioactive decay has a half-life that surpasses the age of...