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Hubble Snags First View of Supernova Explosion's Sole Survivor

The surviving companion of a star that went supernova 17 years ago from Earth's perspective shines in a new view from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. …

Universe

Helium discovered in exoplanet atmosphere for the first time

An international team of astronomers has made the first-ever detection of helium in the atmosphere of an extrasolar world. The new technique used to …

Universe

Heated Debate Surrounds Galaxy Seeming to Lack Dark Matter

Strong skepticism should always accompany strong claims. One such recent claim has generated a ton of talk about a strange, fuzzy galaxy that appears …

NASA’s newest planet hunter launches successfully

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>NASA's newest planet hunter was launched Wednesday evening on a Space X Falcon 9 rocket.<p>At the moment the spacecraft lifted off, astronomers knew of nearly 4,000 alien worlds outside our solar system. During the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite's planned two-year …

Universe

Nasa to launch Tess on hunt for 20,000 new worlds

Telescope hitching ride on a SpaceX rocket designed to spot alien worlds<p>If the vagaries of weather and rocket science do not intervene, the most ambitious search for alien worlds around the brightest stars in the sky will begin on Monday with the launch of Nasa’s newest planet-hunting …

Exoplanets

Diamonds in Sudan meteorite 'are remnants of lost planet'

Scientists say rock fragments that hit the Earth in 2008 contain evidence of a lost planet that was part of the early solar system<p>Diamonds found in a meteorite that exploded over the Nubian desert in Sudan a decade ago were formed deep inside a “lost planet” that once circled the sun in the early …

Earth Science

Superflare Blasts Proxima b, the Nearest Exoplanet, Dimming Hopes of Life

The rocky planet circling the closest star to the sun got hammered by a superpowerful flare last year, a new study reports.<p>That's a bit of bad news …

It Turns Out, Andromeda is Younger Than Earth… Sort Of

Since ancient times, astronomers have looked up at the night sky and seen the Andromeda galaxy. As the closest galaxy to our own, scientists have …

Universe

New, 'Exotic State of Matter' Found Far Below Freezing

By creating atoms within atoms, the new research marks an exciting time in quantum physics.<p>Crucial to the properties of matter, atoms are widely known as the building blocks of the universe. Harking back to your grade school science classes, you might remember atoms are made up of positively …

First light which ever shone in universe picked up by astronomers in 'revolutionary' breakthrough

The first light which ever shone in the universe has been detected by astronomers scouring the skies for the earliest stars.<p>Using a simple radio antenna positioned in the quietest place on Earth - the western Australian desert - scientists picked up a signal of the long-sought ‘cosmic dawn.’<p>The …

This Extraterrestrial Stone Contains Compounds Not Found Anywhere Else in Our Solar System

Whoa!<p>A small pebble found in Egypt is decidedly Not From Around Here.<p>The Hypatia stone, as it is known, is not only extraterrestrial in origin. It …

Meteorites

Compared to Other Planetary Systems, Our Solar System Is Apparently a Mess

Okay then... (◔_◔)<p>Our Solar System may be home, but researchers are now discovering that it's not really much like the other kids. According to a …

No planets needed: NASA study shows disk patterns can self-generate

When exoplanet scientists first spotted patterns in disks of dust and gas around young stars, they thought newly formed planets might be the cause. …

Universe

Supercomputer provides black hole breakthrough

Black holes are regions of space-time whose gravitational effects are so strong that even electromagnetic radiation such as light cannot escape from …

NASA Planning Mission to Alpha Centauri—in 2069

NASA benefited hugely from the president's omnibus spending bill (via NASA)<p>NASA is prepping for a trip to the nearby three-star Alpha Centauri …

We Finally Have Evidence That Black Holes Drive Winds Shaping Their Entire Galaxy

This is epic!<p>Black holes are so weird and so mysterious, it's possible we're never going to unravel all their puzzles. But this new one is pretty …

Universe

Mysterious Hydrogen Clouds Have Been Mapped Moving at Incredible Speeds Through The Milky Way

Where do they even come from?<p>There are an awful lot of peculiar mysteries in space, made all the more enigmatic because we can't get a close, …

A moon-sized celestial object's collision with Earth in the early days gave us Gold, Platinum, says study

A large Moon-sized planetary body penetrated all the way down to the Earth's core during the early days of our home planet's formation, delivering in …

Research

The Most Distant Supermassive Black Hole Ever Discovered

The light from the hot gas surrounding the celestial object took more than 13 billion years to reach Earth.<p>Scientists searching for astronomical objects in the early universe, not long after the Big Bang, have made a record-breaking, two-for-one discovery.<p>Using ground-based telescopes, a team of …

Researchers observe the first known interstellar comet

To date, every comet humanity has seen inside the Solar System has come <i>from</i> the Solar System, whether it's the Kuiper Belt or the billions of comets believed to make up the Oort Cloud. Now, however, it looks like astronomers might have found a comet of interstellar origin. They've used Hawaii's …

Astronomers measure Milky Way with radio waves

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A collection of radio telescopes that spans thousands of miles and is remotely operated from central New Mexico has measured …

Universe

The universe shouldn't exist, scientists say after finding bizarre behaviour of anti-matter

Our universe shouldn't exist, scientists say.<p>The most elite scientists in the world are still struggling to find why exactly our universe didn't …

Stars Orbiting a Supermassive Black Hole May Have Finally Confirmed General Relativity

Suck it, Newton.<p>If you really, really want to scrutinise the limits of Einstein's general theory of relativity, there's a unique testing ground you …

Nasa to wake up New Horizons spacecraft for voyage into mysterious Third Zone

Nasa is to wake up its New Horizons spacecraft next month following a five month hibernation, ahead of a journey deeper into one of the most mysterious regions of the Solar System.<p>New Horizons, which captured incredible images of Pluto in July 2015, was powered down in April to conserve energy as …

Space

What Will Happen in the Next 100 Trillion Years?

Spoiler alert: heat death is coming.<p>A previous video from RealLifeLore explored what will happen to our home in the universe over the next billion years. But a billion years is hardly the end of time, as is proven in this video about the next 100 trillion years of the universe. As anyone with a …

Cassini will take five victory laps before plunging into Saturn

Over the past few months, Cassini took the closest pictures of Saturn's rings we've ever seen that it was pretty easy to forget that the probe was nearing its end. It actually dove in and out of the rings to prepare for its poetic death, and now it's down to its last orbits around the planet. On …

Asteroid the size of a house 'will shave' past Earth in October

An asteroid the size of a house 'will shave' past the Earth in October, inside the Moon's orbit, astronomers have revealed.<p>It is expected to pass the Earth at a distance of some 44,000 kilometres (27,300 miles).<p>The rock will just be an eighth of the distance from the Earth to the Moon - far enough …

Space

New Storm as Big as Earth Is Stirring Up Neptune’s Atmosphere

The general rule of thumb for telescopes is the darker the better. But time on the world’s high-powered observatories is precious, so University of …

Astronomy

NASA's Curiosity Rover Captures Haunting Images of Clouds on Mars

Last month, NASA’s Curiosity rover captured some of the most remarkable images of Martian clouds we’ve ever seen. Now rare, these Earth-like cirrus …

Five years of NASA's Curiosity rover exploring Mars in pictures- Tech Pictures, Firstpost