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NASA image reveals first look at distant galaxy in search for alien life

The embryonic galaxy was in existence just 500 million years after the Big Bang and is at the very limit of what the telescope can observe. The image captured by NASA was magnified by a natural phenomenon which has become known as “gravitational lensing”, giving the federal agency never before seen details of this ancient star system. Gravitational lensing happens when a galaxy or cluster of galaxies bend the light emitted from a more distant galaxy, forming a highly magnified image. However, it can often be very distorted as a…

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North, east, south, west: The many faces of Abell 1758

Resembling a swarm of flickering fireflies, this beautiful galaxy cluster glows intensely in the dark cosmos, accompanied by the myriad bright lights of foreground stars and swirling spiral galaxies. A1758N is a sub-cluster of Abell 1758, a massive cluster containing hundreds of galaxies. Although it may appear serene in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, the sub-cluster actually comprises two even smaller structures currently in the turbulent process of merging.

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Hubble weighs in on mass of 3 million billion suns

In 2014, astronomers found an enormous galaxy cluster contains the mass of a staggering three million billion suns — so it’s little wonder that it has earned the nickname of “El Gordo” (“the Fat One” in Spanish)! Known officially as ACT-CLJ0102-4915, it is the largest, hottest, and brightest X-ray galaxy cluster ever discovered in the distant Universe.

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MAJOR Space discovery – Origins of Milky Way bulge FINALLY revealed with Hubble research

For years astronomers have sort to investigate the centre of the galaxy, known as the Milky Way’s “bulge”. The crowded nature of the galaxy’s centre has previously made it difficult to analyse. However, new research of around 10,000 Sun-like stars is now thought to have shed light on the unknown past of the bulge. Annalisa Calamida, from the Space Telescope Science Institute, said: “There are many theories describing the formation of our galaxy and central bulge. “Some say the bulge formed when the galaxy first formed about 13 billion years…

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‘Supermassive’ black hole lets out ‘TWO BURPS’ in space binge that moves like ’shockwaves’

The Hubble and Chandra space telescopes detected the burp 800million light-years away. Julie Comerford, from the University of Colorado, said: “Black holes are voracious eaters, but it turns out they don’t have very good table manners. “There are a lot of examples of black holes with single burps emanating out, but we discovered a galaxy with a supermassive black hole that has not one but two burps.” Ms Comerford announced the discovery at the 231st American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington DC. The expert added that “black holes are voracious…

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Astronomers just caught a massive black hole ‘burping’ out hot gas not once, but twice

We’ve all felt the pressure that builds up in our stomach after a can of carbonated cola or a particularly filling meal, and no matter how polite of a person you are, you no doubt let a nice healthy burp fly every now and then. As it turns out, black holes have a similar habit, and astronomers have just captured photo evidence of one of the universe’s most destructive entities burping not once, but twice in quick succession. Scientists using some of mankind’s most powerful space observation tools — the…

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The universe still seems to be expanding faster than it ought to

The bright Cepheid variable star at the center of the image, RS Puppis, rhythmically brightens and dimsNASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-Hubble/Europe Collab. By Leah Crane The heat death of the universe is coming for us, but we don’t know when. The cosmos is constantly expanding, and the speed of that inflation is measured by a value called the Hubble constant. We have two ways to determine this rate, and they have always returned different values, leaving researchers at an impasse. A new study of the stars we use to measure the distance…

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ISRO launches PSLV return to flight mission with 31 satellites

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully returned to flight Thursday night. The PSLV lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 10:59 p.m. Eastern and placed into orbit a Cartosat 2 imaging satellite and 30 secondary payloads. Among the secondary payloads were four Dove cubesats for Planet, four Lemur-2 cubesats for Spire, a prototype broadband smallsat for Telesat and the first synthetic aperture radar smallsat for Finnish company Iceye. The launch was the first for the PSLV since an August mission that failed when the rocket’s payload fairing did…

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Scientists and engineers push for servicing and assembly of future space observatories

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A group of astronomers and engineers is seeking to convince NASA to study in-space servicing and assembly of future space telescopes, including the role the proposed Deep Space Gateway could play to support it. During a panel discussion at the 231st Meeting of the American Astronomical Society here, members of an ad-hoc group formed last year to study the topic argued that servicing and assembly techniques, involving astronauts or robots, could enable both servicing of telescopes to extend their lives as well as assemble future observatories…

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