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Ceres: don’t ask for an ice cone there

Ceres reveals some of its well-kept secrets in two new studies in the journal Nature, thanks to data from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. They include highly anticipated insights about mysterious bright features found all over the…


Super Pancake!

Astronomers using the Canada-France-Hawaii and W. M. Keck Observatory telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii have been amazed to find a group of dwarf galaxies moving in unison in the vicinity of the…


In the maternity ward

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope have seen a key stage in the birth of giant planets for the first time. Vast streams of gas are flowing across a gap in the…


Cliffhanger…..

Hmmmmmmm…. aliens at last? 🙂 I didn’t read anything so far. European astronomers have used facilities at ESO’s La Silla Observatory to discover a remarkable exoplanet. The results will appear online in the journal Nature…


Can’t be, but is

I know it’s not much of an article, as it’s behind a paywall, but interesting nevertheless. Here’s a spiral galaxy, so old it shouldn’t exist. It’s called BX442 Read the short version of the article…


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The future will be too hot

Unprecedented levels of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere are disrupting normal patterns of glaciation, according to a study co-authored by a University of Florida researcher and published online Jan. 8 in Nature Geoscience. The…


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One – ummm two – heavy mamas

Observational work conducted over the past few decades indicates that all massive galaxies have supermassive black holes at their centres. Although the luminosities and brightness fluctuations of quasars in the early Universe suggest that some…