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Has Hubble Detected Rogue Clumps of Dark Matter?

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered evidence of small clumps of dark matter warping the light from distant quasars. Read More >>

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A Radio Telescope is Now Scanning Deep Space From the Moon’s Far Side

For the first time in astronomical history, a space-based radio telescope is gathering data from the Moon’s far side, in a location free from Earth’s interference. This collaboration between China and the Netherlands could provide new insights into the conditions of the early universe. Read More >>

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Strongest Gamma-Ray Bursts Ever Recorded Are Illuminating the Universe’s Most Powerful Explosions

An international team of astronomers has detected a pair of gamma-ray bursts with energies more powerful than anything ever seen before. GRBs are the strongest explosions known in the cosmos, but these latest observations suggests we’ve significantly underestimated their true potential. Read More >>

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This Theory Could Breathe New Life Into the Hunt for Dark Matter

Physicists don’t know where most of the Universe’s apparent mass has gone, and attempts to find it have so far failed. But a proposed particle born out of the Universe’s chaotic first moments may provide a candidate and a reasonable way to look for it. Read More >>

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Mysterious Cosmic Radio Burst Detected in a Completely Unexpected Region of Space

For years, astronomers have struggled to understand the source of fast radio bursts, powerful split-second pulses of energy that originate far outside our galaxy. In an astonishing technical feat, astronomers have finally managed to pinpoint the galactic origin of a one-off FRB—but its unexpected location in space suggests scientists need to go back to the drawing board. Read More >>

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Hubble Measurements Confirm There’s Something Weird About How the Universe Is Expanding

New results from the Hubble Space Telescope have deepened one of the biggest mysteries in astronomy. Read More >>

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What’s at the Edge of the Universe?

It is a routine emotion in 2019 to urgently wish, four or five times in a day, to be launched not simply into space but to the very edge of the universe, as far as it is possible to get from the fever dream of bad weather, busted trains and potentially cancerous thigh lesions that constitute life on Earth. But what would be waiting for you, up at the cosmological border? Is it even a border, or is what we’re dealing with here more like a kind of inconceivably vast ceiling? Is there even a border/ceiling up there at all? For this Giz Asks, we talked with a number of cosmology-oriented physicists to find out. Read More >>

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Astronomers Just Detected a Mysterious Repeating Cosmic Radio Burst – Again

Canadian scientists have detected 13 new fast radio bursts, those mysterious, split-second, high-energy pulses that reach us from unknown origins billions of light-years away. Intriguingly, one of these newly documented bursts is a repeater, becoming just the second-known repeating fast radio burst among the 60 documented so far. Read More >>

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Astronomers Have Stumbled Upon One of the Most Ancient Stars in the Universe

A tiny star located about 1,590 light-years from Earth could be as old as 13.53 billion years, making it one of the most ancient stars ever discovered. Read More >>

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Hey, Did You Know Stephen Hawking Thought There Is No God?

In what would be somewhat of a revelation had the late theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking not been one of the world’s most famous atheists – and spoken or written on the topic on numerous occasions – media outlets are playing up that Hawking’s final book Brief Answers to the Big Questions contains the assertion that there is no God. Read More >>

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Every Tiny Speck of Light in This Image Is a Galaxy

To help us grok the immensity of the cosmos, the European Space Agency has released a remarkable image of space in which every point is an entire galaxy. If you didn’t feel insignificant before seeing this, you sure as hell will now. Read More >>

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How Will Future Civilisations Survive The Accelerating Expansion of The Universe?

If you think we have problems now, just wait a few billion years, when the accelerating expansion of the Universe triggers an energy crisis of cosmological proportions. Sounds grim, but as a new paper points out, an advanced civilisation faced with doom won’t have to go gently into that good night—there may very well be a way to rage against the dying of the light. Read More >>

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The Hungriest Black Hole Ever Detected Gobbles a Sun-Sized Star Every Two Days

Supermassive black holes at the centres of galaxies can get absurdly huge, sometimes reaching masses billions of times greater than our Sun. The rate at which black holes grow can vary, but Australian astronomers have detected one such object with an unusually intense appetite, making it the fastest-growing black hole ever detected in the observable universe. Read More >>

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Stephen Hawking’s Final Paper Published

Stephen Hawking may have passed away in March, but his final work has now been published in a scientific journal. Read More >>

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This Single Image Profoundly Sums Up Einstein’s Landmark Theory

You might think you have gravity pretty well figured out. If you drop a ball out of a window, a short time later it will hit the ground. The higher up you drop it, the faster it travels before it hits the ground. Read More >>