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Journey to the beginning of time

With the Pristine survey, an international team is looking for and researching the oldest stars in our Universe. The goal is to learn more about the young Universe right after the Big Bang.

Oct 8th, 2018

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A new era in the quest for dark matter

In a review that was published this week, physicists argue that the time has come to broaden and diversify the experimental effort, and to incorporate astronomical surveys and gravitational wave observations in the quest for the nature of dark matter.

Oct 4th, 2018

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Scientists discover new nursery for superpowered photons

One of the weirdest objects in the Milky Way just got weirder. Scientists have discovered a new source of the highest-energy photons in the cosmos: a strange system known as a microquasar, located in our neck of the galaxy a neighborly 15,000 light years from Earth.

Oct 3rd, 2018

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Gaia spots stars flying between galaxies

A team of astronomers using the latest set of data from ESA's Gaia mission to look for high-velocity stars being kicked out of the Milky Way were surprised to find stars instead sprinting inwards - perhaps from another galaxy.

Oct 2nd, 2018

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Gaia detects a shake in the Milky Way

Position and movement data of more than six million stars show substructures that were never seen, originated by an impact that occurred more than 300 million years ago.

Sep 19th, 2018

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Uncovering the birthplaces of stars in the Milky Way

An international team of scientists has found a way to recover the birth places of stars in our Galaxy. This is one of the major goals in the field of Galactic Archaeology, whose aim is to reconstruct the formation history of the Milky Way.

Sep 13th, 2018

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Astronomers witness birth of new star from stellar explosion

As large stars explode, their interiors collapse down to a point at which all of their particles become neutrons. If the newly born star has a magnetic field and rotates fast enough, it can accelerate nearby charged particles and become what astronomers call a pulsar wind nebula.

Sep 12th, 2018

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