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China starts building giant cosmic-ray observatory to study universe evolution

China has started the construction of one of the world's largest and most sensitive cosmic-ray facilities. Located about 4,410 meters above sea level in the...
Is it time to restore Pluto’s status as a planet?

Is it time to restore Pluto’s status as a planet?

No matter what anyone says, Pluto is a planet, according to Kirby Runyon. Europa, commonly known as a moon of Jupiter, is, too. So are...
Extreme space weather: Protecting our critical infrastructure

Extreme space weather: Protecting our critical infrastructure

Extreme space weather has a global footprint and the potential to damage critical infrastructure on the ground and in space. A new report from the...
Mars volcano, Earth's dinosaurs went extinct about the same time

Mars volcano, Earth’s dinosaurs went extinct about the same time

New NASA research reveals that the giant Martian shield volcano Arsia Mons produced one new lava flow at its summit every 1 to 3...
Astronomers identify purest, most massive brown dwarf

Astronomers identify purest, most massive brown dwarf

An international team of astronomers has identified a record breaking brown dwarf (a star too small for nuclear fusion) with the 'purest' composition and...
Hubble detects supermassive black hole kicked out of galactic core

Hubble detects supermassive black hole kicked out of galactic core

An international team of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered a supermassive black hole that has been propelled out of the...
Astronomers find unexpected, dust-obscured star formation in distant galaxy

Astronomers find unexpected, dust-obscured star formation in distant galaxy

Pushing the limits of the largest single-aperture millimeter telescope in the world, and coupling it with gravitational lensing, University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomer Alexandra...
Milky Way-like galaxies in early universe embedded in 'super halos'

Milky Way-like galaxies in early universe embedded in ‘super halos’

By harnessing the extreme sensitivity of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have directly observed a pair of Milky Way-like galaxies seen when...
Gravitational Waves Eject Black Hole from Galaxy

Gravitational wave kicks monster black hole out of galactic core

Astronomers have uncovered a supermassive black hole that has been propelled out of the center of a distant galaxy by what could be the...
NASA’s SDO sees a stretch of spotless Sun

NASA’s SDO sees a stretch of spotless Sun

For 15 days starting on March 7, 2017, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, returned visible light images of a yolk-like spotless sun. This is...