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'Ageless' silicon throughout Milky Way may indicate a well-mixed galaxy

New surveys of the Milky Way found no aging trend for the element silicon, a fundamental building block of rocks throughout our solar system. This 'ageless' appearance may mean that the Milky Way is more efficient at mixing its contents than previously thought, thereby masking the telltale signs of chemical aging.

Posted: Apr 26th, 2017

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Cassini, Voyager missions suggest new picture of Sun's interaction with galaxy

New data from NASA's Cassini mission, combined with measurements from the two Voyager spacecraft and the Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, suggests that our sun and planets are surrounded by a giant, rounded system of magnetic field from the sun - calling into question the alternate view of the solar magnetic fields trailing behind the sun in the shape of a long comet tail.

Posted: Apr 24th, 2017

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Can we see a singularity?

A team of scientists has found new ways to detect a bare or naked singularity, the most extreme object in the universe.

Posted: Apr 20th, 2017

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Atmosphere detected around an Earth-like planet

Astronomers have detected an atmosphere around the super-Earth planet GJ 1132b. This marks the first detection of an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet other than Earth itself, and thus is a significant step on the path towards the detection of life outside our Solar System.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2017

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Portrait of a black hole

IRAM's 30-metre dish is part of the Event Horizon Telescope which is looking into the centre of the Milky Way.

Posted: Mar 31st, 2017

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