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Newswise: Hubble Finds Best Evidence for Elusive Mid-Sized Black Hole
Released: 31-Mar-2020 1:00 PM EDT
Hubble Finds Best Evidence for Elusive Mid-Sized Black Hole
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

A team of astronomers have found the best evidence yet that the culprit in a stellar homicide is a mid-sized black hole, the long-sought "missing link" in the black hole family. Multiple lines of evidence pointed to the elusive type of black hole, including investigations using Hubble and Chandra.

Newswise: Beyond the Brim, Sombrero Galaxy's Halo Suggests a Turbulent Past
Released: 20-Feb-2020 1:00 PM EST
Beyond the Brim, Sombrero Galaxy's Halo Suggests a Turbulent Past
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Hubble Space Telescope observations suggest that the broad "brim" of the Sombrero galaxy may conceal a turbulent past. Clues to a rough-and tumble history lie in the galaxy's extended halo.

Newswise: Hubble Detects Smallest Known Dark Matter Clumps
Released: 8-Jan-2020 3:15 PM EST
Hubble Detects Smallest Known Dark Matter Clumps
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Using Hubble and a new observing technique, astronomers have uncovered the smallest clumps of dark matter ever detected. Dark matter is an invisible substance that makes up most of the universe's mass and forms the scaffolding upon which galaxies are built.

Newswise: Fast Radio Burst Observations Deepen Astronomical Mystery
Released: 6-Jan-2020 4:00 PM EST
Fast Radio Burst Observations Deepen Astronomical Mystery
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)

Observations with the 8-meter Gemini North telescope, a program of the NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory, have allowed astronomers to pinpoint the location of a Fast Radio Burst in a nearby galaxy — making it the closest known example to Earth and only the second repeating burst source to have its location pinpointed in the sky. The source of this burst of radio waves is located in an environment radically different from that seen in previous studies. This discovery challenges researchers’ assumptions on the origin of these already enigmatic extragalactic events.

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Released: 5-Jan-2020 3:15 PM EST
NASA's Hubble Surveys Gigantic Galaxy
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Hubble has photographed a majestic spiral galaxy, UGC 2885, located 232 million light-years away. The galaxy is 2.5 times wider than our Milky Way and contains 10 times as many stars. Astronomers want to know how it got so big.

Newswise: 'Cotton Candy' Planet Mysteries Unravel in New Hubble Observations
Released: 19-Dec-2019 1:00 PM EST
'Cotton Candy' Planet Mysteries Unravel in New Hubble Observations
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Astronomers using Hubble have studied a unique class of young, migratory exoplanets that have the density of cotton candy. Nothing like them exists in our solar system. They orbit the star Kepler 51, located 2,600 light-years away. Hubble spectroscopic observations allowed researchers to refine mass estimates for these worlds—independently confirming their “puffy” nature.

Newswise: Astronomers Propose a Novel Method of Finding Atmospheres on Rocky Worlds
Released: 2-Dec-2019 10:00 AM EST
Astronomers Propose a Novel Method of Finding Atmospheres on Rocky Worlds
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

A team of astronomers proposes a new method of using Webb to determine whether a rocky exoplanet has an atmosphere. The technique, which involves measuring the planet’s temperature as it passes behind its star and then comes back into view, is significantly faster than more traditional methods of atmospheric detection.

Newswise: Warwick physicists among UK researchers awarded £30m investment in global science project
Released: 21-Nov-2019 10:05 AM EST
Warwick physicists among UK researchers awarded £30m investment in global science project
University of Warwick

The University of Warwick has received over £900,000 to provide essential contributions to the international DUNE experiment, which aims to answer fundamental questions about our universe.

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Released: 12-Nov-2019 12:05 PM EST
At future Mars landing spot, scientists spy mineral that could preserve signs of past life
Brown University

Next year, NASA plans to launch a new Mars rover to search for signs of ancient life on the Red Planet.

Newswise: Houston Methodist researchers test-drive Lamborghini’s carbon fiber materials in space
Released: 24-Oct-2019 3:00 PM EDT
Houston Methodist researchers test-drive Lamborghini’s carbon fiber materials in space
Houston Methodist

Houston Methodist researchers are studying Italian sports car maker Automobili Lamborghini’s carbon fiber materials in space.


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