China's Journey to the Far Side of the Moon --"Will It Lead to the 1st Radio Telescope Beyond Earth?" (Thursday's Most Popular)

 

 

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China's Chang'e 4 mission to the far side of the moon, planned for sometime before 2020 could eventually lead to the placement of a radio telescope for use by astronomers, something that would help "fill a void" in man's knowledge of the universe, according to Zou Yongliao with the Chinese Academy of Sciences' moon exploration department during a September 2015 interview on state broadcaster CCTV.

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New Horizons Reveals a Pluto Phenomenon --"We’ve Never Seen Before In Our Solar System"

 

 

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“This is a type of interaction we’ve never seen before anywhere in our solar system,” said David J. McComas, lead author of a new study published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Space Physics. Using data from an instrument aboard the New Horizons spacecraft gathered on its Pluto flyby in July 2015, scientists have observed the material coming off of Pluto and seen how it interacts with the solar wind, and found it completely new – and unexpected. Pluto has some characteristics less like that of a comet and more like much larger planets, according to an analysis of Pluto’s unique interaction with the solar wind, scientists say.

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LIGO Discovery Honored! --"The Signal Opens the Window on the Dark Side of the Universe"

 

 

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"We can hear gravitational waves. We can hear the universe" — LIGO scientists’ on the breakthrough confirming Einstein’s prediction. "We had thought the first signal would be some little small thing poking up out of the noise and we'd have to work really hard to understand what it was," Nergis Mavalvala – the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics and the Associate Department Head of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a member of the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI). "But in fact, the signal we got is a very clean and beautiful event. It tells us that the binary black holes were located about 1.5 billion light years away. They whirled around each other at nearly the speed of light before a collision that was so powerful, it converted approximately three times the mass of the Sun into gravitational wave energy—in just a few tenths of a second!"

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Star in Andromeda Galaxy Observed Driven By "Alien Dynamics" --Niels Bohr Dark Cosmology Center

 

 

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A star like the Sun has an internal driving in the form of a magnetic field that can be seen on the surface as sunspots. Now astrophysicists from the Niels Bohr Dark Cosmology Center have observed a distant star in the constellation Andromeda with a different positioning of sunspots and this indicates a magnetic field that is driven by completely different internal dynamics.

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Globular Star Clusters Orbiting Milky Way -- "Might Be the 1st Place Intelligent Life is Detected" (Wednesday's Most Popular)

 

 

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"Once planets form, they can survive for long periods of time, even longer than the current age of the universe," explains Rosanne DiStefano of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), who presented new research in a press conference at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in January of 2016.

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Mystery Signals from the Milky Way's Center --"Swarms of Ancient Pulsars or Dark Matter?" (Today's 'Galaxy' Insight)



 

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"Our analysis suggests that what we are seeing is evidence for a new astrophysical source of gamma rays at the center of the galaxy," said Mariangela Lisanti, an assistant professor of physics at Princeton. "This is a very complicated region of the sky and there are other astrophysical signals that could be confused with dark matter signals."

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"New Quest to Explore the Dark Side of the Universe" --Kip Thorne & the LIGO Discovery

 

 

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"With this discovery, we humans are embarking on a marvelous new quest: the quest to explore the warped side of the universe—objects and phenomena that are made from warped spacetime. Colliding black holes and gravitational waves are our first beautiful examples," says Kip Thorne, Caltech's Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, emeritus. The image below  is Kip Thorne's amazing view of this newly revealed dark side of the universe.

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Hubble Discovery Extends Edge of the Observable Universe --"A Major Step Back in Time" (Tuesday's Most Popular)

 

 

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"We've taken a major step back in time, beyond what we'd ever expected to be able to do with Hubble. We see GN-z11 at a time when the universe was only three percent of its current age," explained principal investigator Pascal Oesch of Yale University. The team includes scientists from Yale University, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), and the University of California. Astronomers are closing in on the first galaxies that formed in the universe. The new Hubble observations take astronomers into a realm that was once thought to be only reachable with NASA's upcoming James Webb Space Telescope.

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ESO Astronomers Find Three Planets Orbiting a Tiny, Dim Dwarf Star --"Best Life Targets Found So Far"

 

 

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"The kind of planets we've found are very exciting from the perspective of searching for life in the universe beyond Earth," said Adam Burgasser, a professor of physics at UC San Diego's Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences and a key participant of the international team.

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