Astronomy

Black hole pair born inside a dying star?

Far from earth, two black holes orbit around each other propagating waves that bend time and space. The existence of such waves -- gravitational waves -- was first predicted...

Astronomers reveal true colours of evolving galactic beasts

Astronomers have identified a rare moment in the life of some of the universe's most energetic objects. Quasars...

Comet 67P full of surprises: Growing fractures, collapsing cliffs and rolling boulders

Images returned from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission indicate the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a very...

Mars rover Opportunity begins study of valley’s origin

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the main destination of its current two-year extended mission -- an...

Atmosphere with oxygen found on one of Saturn’s moons

A team led by San Antonio scientists has discovered a thin atmosphere of oxygen and carbon dioxide on...

Detection of an echo emitted by our Galaxy’s black hole 200 years ago

An international team of scientists has discovered that Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, emerged...

Exoplanet may reveal secrets about the edge of habitability

How close can a rocky planet be to a star, and still sustain water and life? A recently discovered exoplanet may be key to...

ESO captures the ghost of a giant star

A spooky spider web, magical dragons or wispy trails of ghosts? A beautiful tapestry of colours shows the ghostly remains of a gigantic star,...

Uncovering the massive quantum mysteries of black holes

Bizarre quantum properties of black holes -- including their mind-bending ability to have different masses simultaneously -- have been confirmed by University of Queensland...

Rare Earth elements synthesis confirmed in neutron star mergers

When two neutron stars spiral inwards and merge, the resulting explosion produces a large amount of heavy elements that make up our Universe. The...

Traces of ancient ocean discovered on Mars

A recently released set of topography maps provides new evidence for an ancient northern ocean on Mars. The maps offer the strongest case yet...
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