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Intergalactic Pulses Solve Mystery of Universe’s Missing Matter

Scientists have spent three decades trying to locate half of all the “normal” matter that’s supposed to exist in the universe. A new paper is claiming to have finally found this missing stuff, in a discovery made possible by measuring incoming fast radio bursts. Read More >>

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Turns Out That ‘Active’ Object in Jupiter’s Orbit Is a Comet in Disguise

Astronomers were abuzz last week following the discovery of an active asteroid in Jupiter’s orbit, in what was thought to be a new type of celestial object. Follow-up investigations have revealed it to be a regular comet, albeit one in a misleading orbit. Read More >>

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Forget Baking Banana Bread – Everyone’s Turning to Astronomy for Their Lockdown Fun Now

It seems that being in lockdown is seeing everyone dabble in new hobbies and interests, and there couldn't be a better time to dip your toe into the pool of astronomy now that global quarantine measures have seen reduced light and atmospheric pollution. Read More >>

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Hunk of Chinese Rocket Falls to Earth as Uncontrolled Space Debris

A large, out-of-control piece of space debris crashed into the Atlantic Ocean yesterday, passing over much of the United States. Read More >>

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Astronomers May Have Found the Closest Black Hole to Earth

This black hole – if that’s really what it is – is so close to Earth that you can see its star system without a telescope. Read More >>

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Say There Were a Black Hole in Our Solar System: How Would We Find It?

Last year, scientists published a paper with an iconic diagram: a black circle representing, to scale, a 5-solar-mass black hole – and the size of the hypothetical Planet Nine if it were a black hole instead of a planet. So, if Planet Nine really is a black hole, how would we find it? Read More >>

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Research Casts Doubt on Elliptical Galaxies Being Cradles of Intelligent Life

We live inside a spiral galaxy, but one school of thought suggests oval-shaped elliptical galaxies are most likely to host intelligent civilisations. A new paper tries to overturn this assumption by applying a classic philosophical technique used by scientists for centuries. Read More >>

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Incredible New Map of Moon Shows Its Every Nook and Cranny

Scientists led by the United States Geological Survey’s Corey Fortezzo have released what they call the “Unified Geologic Map of the Moon – an authoritative map of lunar geology". The map, built from six Apollo-era maps and updated with more recent satellite data, lists the names of features and includes data on topology as well as what layers of rock are exposed on the lunar surface. Read More >>

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Celebrate Hubble’s 30th Birthday by Gazing Into this Shimmering Stellar Expanse

It was on this day in 1990 that the Space Shuttle Discovery deposited the Hubble Space Telescope into low Earth orbit. To commemorate this important anniversary, NASA and the European Space Agency have released this stunning Hubble image of two nearby nebulae – vast expanses of clouds and dust in which stars are born. Read More >>

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Astronomers Think They’ve Found a Whole Population of Rocks From Outside the Solar System

Astronomers think they’ve found an entire population of asteroids originating from outside our solar system, according to a new paper. Read More >>

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Vanishing Exoplanet Might Actually Be the Aftermath of a ‘Supercatastrophic’ Collision

A known exoplanet has disappeared from sight, prompting speculation among astronomers that it was never a planet in the first place and is instead the shattered remnants of a celestial smash-up. Read More >>

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Astronomers See Glimmers of a Second World Circling the Nearest Star to the Sun

A team of astronomers shocked the world back in 2016 when they revealed evidence of an Earth-sized exoplanet in the habitable zone of our nearest stellar neighbour, a star called Proxima Centauri. Scientists are hunting for a second planet in this system – and maybe, maybe, they’ve found something. Read More >>

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NASA Funds Proposal to Build a Gigantic Telescope on the Far Side of the Moon

It looks like the Death Star’s laser cannon, but this proposed lunar telescope – built inside a natural crater on the Moon’s far side – could be used to peer back into the earliest days of the cosmos. Read More >>

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New Theory Explains How Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua Got Its Freaky Shape

In the three years since ‘Oumuamua visited our solar system, scientists have struggled to explain some of its more enigmatic features, including its cigar-like shape. State-of-the-art computer models are providing some tantalising new clues, showing how the object likely formed and how it became an interstellar interloper. Read More >>

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Astronomers Spot the Brightest Supernova Ever Recorded

Back in 2016, a telescope spotted a supernova flaring so brightly that it far outshone its own galaxy. The exploded star continued emitting radiation for more than 1,000 days, unleashing more energy than any supernova previously documented. But that’s only the start of the story. Read More >>