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7 bn years: Scientists say oldest solid material found

Washington - Researchers said Monday that new techniques have allowed them to identify the oldest solid material ever found on earth.

Essential Science: Earth-size habitable-zone world detected

NASA has reported it has detected an Earth-like planet that has all the indications of being habitable. This forms part of the space agency’s attempt to seek out new planets of interest in the cosmos.

Is Betelgeuse about to go supernova?

Astronomers have noted that the star Betelgeuse is becoming less bright, appearing especially faint in the night sky. The dimming represents the biggest dip in brightness of a star yet recorded. Is this the beginning of the end?

Ultrashort x-ray technology to probe the heart of planets

Space scientists have developed a sophisticated combination of super-powerful lasers together with very bright x-rays, enabling new experiments to be conducted that can gaze into the inner heart of other planets.

Inner Milky Way reveals a cosmic 'candy cane'

NASA's new mapping process of the inner Milky Way, has revealed what appears to be a cosmic 'candy cane'. This takes the form of a colorful composite image of the Milky Way galaxy's central zone.

Galaxies formed one billion years earlier than previously thought

The detection of a distant galaxy, far more massive than the Milky Way reveals that the 'cores' of massive galaxies had already formed 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang, this is some 1 billion years earlier than calculations suggested.

Emerging from obscurity: 2019's unforeseen history-makers

Paris - Of the many people who made history in 2019, some surprised themselves and the world by emerging from obscurity to make their mark, though one remains anonymous for the time being -- "The Whistleblower" behind the impeachment probe into US President Do...

'Ring of fire' eclipse wows across Asia

Fpo - Skywatchers from Saudi Arabia and Oman to India and Singapore were treated to a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse Thursday.

'Ring of fire' eclipse wows across Asia

Fpo - Skywatchers from Saudi Arabia and Oman to India and Singapore were treated to a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse Thursday.

Emerging from obscurity: 2019's unforeseen history-makers

Paris - Of the many people who made history in 2019, some surprised themselves and the world by emerging from obscurity to make their mark, though one remains anonymous for the time being -- "The Whistleblower" behind the impeachment probe into US President Do...

Water discovered for first time in atmosphere of habitable exoplanet

Paris - Water has been discovered for the first time in the atmosphere of an exoplanet with Earth-like temperatures that could support life as we know it, scientists revealed Wednesday.

Scientists detect eight mysterious repeating deep space signals

An unprecedented eight repeating radio signals, or fast radio bursts, have been detected emanating from deep space. Astronomers are edging closer to unraveling the mystery.

Astronomers decode Milky Way's violent birth

Paris - The Milky Way gobbled up a galaxy one quarter of its mass 10 billion years ago in a "violent collision" that didn't fully settle for eons, astronomers said in new research published Monday.

Essential Science: AI generates 3D simulations of the universe

The world’s first artificial intelligence created universe simulation is described as fast and accurate. It may work effectively, but the creators of this virtual complexity do not actually know how it works.

Pakistan turns to science, infuriating moonsighting mullahs

Islamabad - Imran Khan's government has drawn the ire of conservative mullahs with calls for a science-based lunar calendar to calculate the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Pakistan, which faces an annual controversy over the date.

The real deal: astronomers deliver first photo of black hole

Paris - Astronomers on Wednesday unveiled the first photo of a black hole, one of the star-devouring monsters scattered throughout the Universe and obscured by impenetrable shields of gravity.

Scientists set to reveal first true image of black hole

Paris - The world is finally about to see a black hole -- not an artist's impression or a computer-generated likeness, but the real thing.

Japan satellite blasts into space to deliver artificial meteors

Apo - A rocket carrying a satellite on a mission to deliver the world's first artificial meteor shower blasted into space on Friday, Japanese scientists said.

The 'Mother Of Hubble space telescope' dies aged 93

Dr Nancy Grace Roman, the first woman to hold an executive position at the U.S. space agency NASA, has passed away aged 93. She was affectionately known as "Mother of the Hubble" in recognition of her work on the Hubble Space Telescope.

Essential Science: Most-distant solar system object ever observed

An astronomical story to close out the year. The most-distant solar system object ever observed has been detected by astronomers. The outer solar system objects is described as a 'far out there' dwarf planet.

Over 100 new exoplanets discovered

Using a combination of space-based and ground-based telescopes, scientists have revealed more than 100 new exoplanets. The discovery may prove useful for the search for life elsewhere in the universe.

NASA's Dawn asteroid mission ends as fuel runs out

Washington - Dawn, a NASA spacecraft that launched 11 years ago and studied two of the largest objects in the asteroid belt, has ended its mission after running out of fuel, officials said Thursday.

New research: Pluto should be reclassified as a planet

A new review by astronomers calls for Pluto to be re-classified as a planet, stating that the reasons given for downgrading the celestial body were invalid. If successful, Pluto would be reinstated as the ninth planet in the solar system.

AI tracks down strange cosmic radio bursts

San Fransisco - A machine learning algorithm has located some mysterious cosmic radio bursts and the application has additionally been used to search for different types of signals which might suggest extraterrestrial intelligence.

Essential Science: How our Sun went through the 'terrible twos'

Astrophysicists, looking into the early phase of our Sun, have been studying, in conjunction, blue crystals in meteorites. These crystals show that our Sun went through the astronomical equivalent of the 'terrible twos'.

X-ray technology shows new matter around a black hole

X-ray technology, called X-ray polarimetry, has revealed never-before-seen matter around a black hole. The black hole is Cygnus X-1, in the constellation Cygnus, and the first such source widely accepted to be a black hole.

'Blood moon' eclipse delights young Kenyans

"Mars, Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus -- Mercury, that's the one I really wanted to see," said Chu Owen as he used an app on his mobile phone to locate planets above."It's the planets I'm really excited to see.

Red planet and 'blood moon' pair up to dazzle skygazers

Paris - The longest "blood moon" eclipse this century will coincide with Mars' closest approach in 15 years on Friday to offer skygazers a thrilling astronomical double bill.

Red planet and 'blood moon' pair up to dazzle skygazers

Paris - The longest "blood moon" eclipse this century will coincide with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to offer skygazers a thrilling astronomical double bill on Friday, astronomers say.

NASA backed project to find alien life

Is there life on other planets? This perennial question still fascinates. An international team of scientists, supported by NASA, have laid the groundwork for scanning the skies for life.
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Aligning his camera on the same star for nine successive exposures  Sky & Telescope contributing pho...
Aligning his camera on the same star for nine successive exposures, Sky & Telescope contributing photographer Akira Fujii captured this record of the Moon’s progress dead center through the Earth’s shadow in July 2000. Credit: Sky & Telescope / Akira Fujii
Sky & Telescope / Akira Fujii
Our sun s sibling HD 162826 is not visible to the unaided eye  but can be seen with low-power binocu...
Our sun's sibling HD 162826 is not visible to the unaided eye, but can be seen with low-power binoculars near the bright star Vega in the night sky.
Ivan Ramirez/Tim Jones/McDonald Observatory
This artist s conception shows a newly formed star surrounded by a swirling protoplanetary disk of d...
This artist's conception shows a newly formed star surrounded by a swirling protoplanetary disk of dust and gas. Debris coalesces to create rocky 'planetesimals' that collide and grow to eventually form planets.
NASA/University of Copenhagen/Lars Buchhave
There were several breaks throughout the day  giving attendees time to network meaningfully.
There were several breaks throughout the day, giving attendees time to network meaningfully.
Joe Crimmings Photography
Michael C. Hall entertains the guests in between speakers
Michael C. Hall entertains the guests in between speakers
Joe Crimmings Photography
Artist s impression of possible wandering exoplanet designated CFBDSIR2149
Artist's impression of possible wandering exoplanet designated CFBDSIR2149
European Southern Observatory
A large projected image of Mars  as shown at the Design Museum.
A large projected image of Mars, as shown at the Design Museum.
An artist s impression of a quasar with a supermassive black hole in the distant universe.
An artist's impression of a quasar with a supermassive black hole in the distant universe.
Zhaoyu Li/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Misti Mountain Observatory
Bridging Cities of Galaxies: Planck has discovered a bridge of hot gas that connects galaxy clusters...
Bridging Cities of Galaxies: Planck has discovered a bridge of hot gas that connects galaxy clusters Abell 399 (lower center) & Abell 401 (top left). The galaxy pair is located about a billion light-years from Earth. The gas bridge extends approximately 10 million light-years between them. The image shows the 2 galaxy clusters as seen at optical wavelengths with ground-based telescopes & through the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect (in orange) with the Planck satellite.
NSA/JPL Sunyaev–Zel’dovich effect: ESA Planck Collaboration; optical image: STScI Digitized Sky
Artist s impression of the ESA s Euclid space telescope scheduled for a 2020 launch
Artist's impression of the ESA's Euclid space telescope scheduled for a 2020 launch
European Space Agency - ESA Press
The Sandia Z Machine was used to develop a new shock-wave technique to measure an important material...
The Sandia Z Machine was used to develop a new shock-wave technique to measure an important material property
Randy Montoya
An artist’s impression of a stretched rocky planet in orbit around a red dwarf star. So close to t...
An artist’s impression of a stretched rocky planet in orbit around a red dwarf star. So close to the star, there is a difference in the strength of the gravitational field on each side of the planet, stretching it significantly.
Royal Astronomical Society - Shivam Sikroria.
Composite image representing the close environment of Beta Pictoris as seen in near infrared light. ...
Composite image representing the close environment of Beta Pictoris as seen in near infrared light. This very faint environment is revealed after a very careful subtraction of the much brighter stellar halo. The outer part of the image shows the reflected light on the dust disc,the inner part is the innermost part of the system.
ESO/A.-M. Lagrange et al.
This rendering shows the size of GJ 1214b and another  larger exoplanet compared to Earth and Neptun...
This rendering shows the size of GJ 1214b and another, larger exoplanet compared to Earth and Neptune. Researchers used the Hubble Space Telescope to reveal cloudy weather on the alien world of GJ 1214b.
NASA & ESA
Artist s impression of the newly discovered star WISE J085510.83-071442.5  the coldest known brown d...
Artist's impression of the newly discovered star WISE J085510.83-071442.5, the coldest known brown dwarf star. Brown dwarfs are dim star-like bodies that lack the mass to burn nuclear fuel as other stars do.The new star is the fourth closest to our Sun, at 7.2 light-years from Earth.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Penn State University
These images by NASA s Hubble Space Telescope reveal how different the iconic Pillars of Creation ap...
These images by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveal how different the iconic Pillars of Creation appear in visible and in near-infrared light. In the visible-light image at left, astronomers combined several exposures to show a wider view of the pillars and the surrounding region. The towering pillars are about 5 light-years tall. The tenuous-looking base of the columns is shown. The near-infrared image at right transforms the pillars into eerie, wispy silhouettes, which are seen against a back
NASA/ESA
Artist’s illustration shows a planetary scale impact on the Moon
Artist’s illustration shows a planetary scale impact on the Moon
W.K. Hartmann via LLNL
Using NASA s Chandra X-ray Observatory  astronomers have found that the growth of galaxies containin...
Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that the growth of galaxies containing supermassive black holes can be slowed down by a phenomenon referred to as cosmic precipitation.
Chandra X-ray: NASA/CXC/Michigan State Univ/M.Voit et al
Bill Nye and Robert Picardo introduce the first edition of The Planetary Society s new regular updat...
Bill Nye and Robert Picardo introduce the first edition of The Planetary Society's new regular update The Planetary Post
The Planetary Society via YouTube (Screen Grab)
Surface map of Luhman 16B recreated from VLT observations. ESO s Very Large Telescope has been used ...
Surface map of Luhman 16B recreated from VLT observations. ESO's Very Large Telescope has been used to create the first ever map of the weather on the surface of the nearest brown dwarf to Earth. The figure shows the object at six equally spaced times as it rotates once on its axis
ESO / I. Crossfield

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