Astronomy

Scientists find the largest observed black hole to date

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links X-ray (NASA/CXC/SAO/A.Vikhlinin et al.); Optical (SDSS) Astronomers aren’t done with major black hole discoveries this year. The Max Planck Institute’s Kianusch Mehrgan and colleagues have found the largest black hole ever observed at the center of Holm 15A, a galaxy about 700 million light-years away. It’s more than twice as […]

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Astronomers believe the young Milky Way once swallowed a dwarf galaxy

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links MARIANA SUAREZ via Getty Images Astronomers believe they’ve mapped an important sequence of events that shaped our galaxy 10 billion years ago. In a paper published in Nature Astronomy today, researchers from the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) share their findings that a dwarf galaxy, Gaia-Enceladus, once collided and […]

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NASA releases sharpest-ever images of distant Kuiper Belt object

Engadget RSS Feed The mysterious Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 now exists as more than a generic-looking blob. NASA has posted its sharpest-ever images of the object, captured a relatively close 4,109 miles away at 12:33AM on January 1st. While scientists already knew some details about MU69 before now, such as its unusual two-part ‘pancake’ […]

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How Harvard’s human computers helped invent modern astronomy

Engadget RSS Feed The Harvard College Observatory (now the Center for Astrophysics) in Cambridge, Massachusetts has long been a bastion of astronomical research, its history stretching back to the center’s founding in 1839. But for the first forty years of its existence, the HCO was quite literally an old boys club. While amateur female astronomers […]

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NASA releases first clear images of distant Kuiper Belt object

Engadget RSS Feed NASA’s New Horizons team has released the promised first images from its history-making flyby of (486958) 2014 MU69, and they’re already shedding some light on the early Solar System — while also raising some questions. The snapshots, captured from as close as 17,000 miles away, show that the Kuiper Belt object is […]

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Scientists spot the farthest known object in our solar system, and it’s pink

Mashable An artist’s conception of the newly discovered object, 2018 VG18. Image: Carnegie Institution for Science By Mark Kaufman2018-12-17 21:19:47 UTC There’s something orbiting the sun, way, way beyond the distant realm of Pluto.  A team of astronomers recently spotted the farthest-known object in the solar system using a telescope atop Hawaii’s lofty Mauna Kea, […]

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AI reveals hidden objects in the dark

Engadget RSS Feed Barbastathis et. al. You might not see most objects in near-total darkness, but AI can. MIT scientists have developed a technique that uses a deep neural network to spot objects in extremely low light. The team trained the network to look for transparent patterns in dark images by feeding it 10,000 purposefully […]

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A super-Earth orbits a famous star not far from our sun

Mashable An artist’s impression of the surface of the exoplanet. Image: ESO, M. KORNMESSER By Shannon Connellan2018-11-15 16:30:31 UTC Since the 1960s, scientists and exoplanet hunters have searched for evidence of planets orbiting one particular star. It’s called Barnard’s star and it’s only six light-years from our sun — a stone’s throw in a cosmic […]

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How to spot internet alien panic from a light-year away

Mashable Go to Source An artist’s illustration of a UFO in a forest (it’s never aliens) Image: Shutterstock / Ursatii By Miriam Kramer2018-11-07 14:17:35 UTC Perhaps you’ve heard: Alien panic is sweeping the internet.  You can’t go more than a week or two without a new and ridiculous story about life maybe being out there […]

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