Tag Archives: Astronomy

TESS mission adds ‘sub-Neptune’ to discovery list

Less than a year after NASA’s TESS spacecraft was launched, the scientists behind the mission have unveiled their third confirmed planet, a weird alien world that’s between Earth and Neptune in size. And hundreds of additional potential finds are in the pipeline. … Continue reading

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3-D views reveal ‘Orion’s Dragon’ in space

Spectral readings from the Orion Nebula have charted the cosmic weather patterns for powerful stellar winds that have created a bubble of material that’s 12 light-years wide, as well as a structure that’s been nicknamed “Orion’s Dragon.” The dragon shape … Continue reading

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‘Oumuamua points to plethora of interstellar objects

The cigar-shaped object known as ‘Oumuamua may be the first interstellar interloper to be discovered, but it’s not likely to be the last. Statistics suggest that there are lots more space rocks like it out there. How many? About 100 septillion in … Continue reading

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Government shutdown puts a damper on science

It’s been called the “Super Bowl of Astronomy,” but when the American Astronomical Society’s winter meeting plays out in Seattle this week, some of the stars won’t be taking the field. The AAS meeting is just one of the scientific endeavors diminished by the … Continue reading

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Relativity rules star near our galaxy’s black hole

A 26-year-long observational campaign provides clear evidence of the effect that general relativity has on the motion of a star known as S2 as it boomerangs around the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Get … Continue reading

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Kavli Prizes run the gamut from genes to galaxies

Three inventors of the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 technique for editing DNA are among the recipients of this year’s Kavli Prizes, which recognize scientific breakthroughs in fields outside the sweet spots for Nobel Prizes. Other Kavli laureates include three neuroscientists who trace the … Continue reading

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Number crunchers are on the trail of dark energy

Big data just might give astronomers a better grip on the answer to one of the biggest questions in physics: Exactly what’s behind the mysterious acceleration in the expansion rate of the universe, also known as dark energy? And that … Continue reading

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