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The fingerprints of molecules in space

Using terahertz spectroscopy, physicists directly measured two spectral lines for one particular molecule for the first time. The discovered frequencies are characteristic of the amide ion, a negatively charged nitrogen molecule.

Jun 28th, 2018

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Grease in space

Astronomers used a laboratory to manufacture material with the same properties as interstellar dust and used their results to estimate the amount of 'space grease' found in the Milky Way.

Jun 27th, 2018

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Will we know life in space when we see it?

A series of NASA papers lay out strategies to search for signs of life beyond our solar system. They assume that the detection of atmospheric signatures of a few potentially habitable planets may possibly come before 2030.

Jun 26th, 2018

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A new experiment to understand dark matter

This experiment already provides some improvement in constraining dark matter properties, but even more progress is promised by explorations in the centre of our Milky Way that are underway.

Jun 14th, 2018

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New GAIA data reveals mergers in Milky Way

Astronomers have discovered relics of merger events in the Milky Way halo. Five small groups of stars appear to represent mergers with smaller galaxies, while a big 'blob' comprising hundreds of stars appears to be the remnant of a large merger event.

Jun 12th, 2018

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