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Astronomers spot twinkling heart of milky way

Astronomers found quasi-periodic flickers in millimeter-waves from the center of the Milky Way. The team interpreted these blinks to be due to the rotation of radio spots circling the supermassive black hole with an orbit radius smaller than that of Mercury. This is an interesting clue to investigate space-time with extreme gravity.

May 22nd, 2020

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How cosmic rays may have shaped life

Astrophysicists propose that the influence of cosmic rays on early life may explain nature's preference for a uniform 'handedness' among biology's critical molecules.

May 21st, 2020

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Astronomers see signs of planet birth

Around the young star AB Aurigae lies a dense disc of dust and gas in which astronomers have spotted a prominent spiral structure with a 'twist' that marks the site where a planet may be forming. The observed feature could be the first direct evidence of a baby planet coming into existence.

May 20th, 2020

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TESS enables breakthrough study of perplexing stellar pulsations

Astronomers have detected elusive pulsation patterns in dozens of young, rapidly rotating stars. The discovery will revolutionize scientists' ability to study details like the ages, sizes and compositions of these stars -- all members of a class named for the prototype, the bright star Delta Scuti.

May 14th, 2020

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