Category Archives: Cosmology

Neural networks promise sharpest ever images

Telescopes, the workhorse instruments of astronomy, are limited by the size of the mirror or lens they use. Using ‘neural nets’, a form of artificial intelligence, a group of Swiss researchers now have a way to push past that limit, … Continue reading

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Watch Alien Worlds Whirl Around a Distant Star

Not too far away, four worlds are orbiting a young, bright star—and now, after staring at the alien stellar system for seven years, we can watch as the planets quietly trace their cosmic loops. There’s something indescribably majestic about watching … Continue reading

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This is the closest-ever photo of a moonlet hiding in Saturn’s rings

While plow trucks across the US northwest pushed around snow this week, a Mount Everest-size rock near Saturn continued a centuries-long effort of clearing its own lane in the planet’s expansive disc of icy rings. On January 16, the nuclear-powered … Continue reading

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This is what the entire known Universe looks like in a single image

Isn’t it beautiful? This is an illustrated logarithmic scale conception of the observable Universe with the Solar System at the centre. Encircling the Solar System are the inner and outer planets, Kuiper belt, Oort cloud, Alpha Centauri star, Perseus Arm, … Continue reading

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The Moon and Venus

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This incredible photo is the crescent Moon, next to a crescent Venus (the Moon is the larger, fainter crescent). The photo was taken back in 2004 in Budapest – so amazing! Image: Iván Éder

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Enceladus

Enceladus is an Icy moon of Saturn that has geysers at its south pole shooting out liquid water from a lake or ocean below, created by heat from tidal interactions between Saturn’s various moons. These geysers were one of the … Continue reading

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Happy Sun

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The Mystery of Galatic Orbits

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The speed of light might have outpaced gravity in the early days of the Universe

The speed of light in a vacuum, or c, is pretty much the most fundamental constant in physics – and according to the general theory of relativity, gravity travels at the same rate. But a new study suggests that the … Continue reading

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‘Roundest known space object’ identified

Astronomers claim to have discovered the roundest object ever measured in nature.Kepler 11145123 is a distant, slowly rotating star that’s more than twice the size of the Sun .Researchers were able to show that the difference between its radius as … Continue reading

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This illustrates the mind-melting number of galaxies in the Universe

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CONFIRMED: An Earth-like planet has been found in our closest neighbouring star system

European Southern Observatory (ESO) officials have finally confirmed that they have discovered a new exoplanet candidate named Proxima b inside the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri – a red dwarf star in our closest neighbouring star system, Alpha Centauri. This is … Continue reading

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Meteors

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Scale of the Universe

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Is Earthly life premature from a cosmic perspective?

The universe is 13.8 billion years old, while our planet formed just 4.5 billion years ago. Some scientists think this time gap means that life on other planets could be billions of years older than ours. However, new theoretical work … Continue reading

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The Bubble Nebula

The Bubble Nebula is 7,100 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia.

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The most mysterious star in the universe

Something massive, with roughly 1,000 times the area of Earth, is blocking the light coming from a distant star known as KIC 8462852, and nobody is quite sure what it is. As astronomer Tabetha Boyajian investigated this perplexing celestial object, … Continue reading

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Look up! This week’s solstice coincides with a strawberry moon

For everyone in the Northern Hemisphere, this Monday marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. And if that’s not enough of a reason to head outside and look up, for the first time in almost 50 years, … Continue reading

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Earth’s Constant Companion

A small asteroid has been discovered in an orbit around the sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth, and it will remain so for centuries to come. As it orbits the sun, this new asteroid, designated 2016 … Continue reading

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