Galaxy simulations shed light on Milky Way’s origins

New galaxy simulations could help reveal the origins of the Milky Way and provide clues in the decades-long search for dark matter, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space dark-matter galaxies milky-way science-and-technology

Age of the universe? Team says 12.6 billion years

Scientists tweaked a 90-year-old computational model to come up with a new age for the universe. The result? 12.6 billion years old.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
Aug. 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: physics universe big-bang galaxies science-and-technology

Dark energy: map gives clue about what it is – but deepens dispute about the cosmic expansion rate

Dark energy is probably a sea of constant energy in empty space itself, according to new research.

Julian Bautista, Research Fellow, University of Portsmouth • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: general-relativity universe-expansion galaxies dark-energy

Models shed light on black hole at our galaxy’s center

New models could inform researchers working to get the very first picture of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the Milky Way's center.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
June 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space galaxies black-holes milky-way science-and-technology

Team cracks the case of the universe’s ‘missing matter’

Researchers have solved a decades-old mystery of "missing matter"—material long predicted to exist in the universe but never detected—until now.

U. Washington • futurity
May 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space galaxies matter science-and-technology radio-waves

Half the matter in the universe was missing – we found it hiding in the cosmos

Cosmologists had only been able to find half the matter that should exist in the universe. With the discovery of a new astronomical phenomenon and new telescopes, researchers just found the rest.

Jean-Pierre Macquart, Associate Professor of Astrophysics, Curtin University • conversation
May 27, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: space astronomy cosmology dark-matter universe telescope galaxies matter neutrons fast-radio-bursts protons baryon

Milky Way’s ‘satellite galaxies’ may shed light on dark matter

Satellite galaxies orbiting the Milky Way galaxy may give researchers insight into dark matter and even the origins of our universe.

Nathan Collins-Stanford • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space dark-matter galaxies featured science-and-technology

How the Hubble Space Telescope opened our eyes to the first galaxies of the universe

Thirty years ago the Hubble Space Telescope began snapping photos of distant stars, providing a time machine that has taken astronomers back to when the universe was less than a billion years old.

Rodger I. Thompson, Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
April 24, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  astronomy  nasa  hubble-space-telescope  james-webb-telescope  infrared  universe-expansion  star-formation  galaxies

Hubble telescope's Universe revealed in 3D

New techniques are being used to transform images from Hubble into spectacular 3D visualisations.

By David Briggs • bbcnews
April 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space astronomy space-exploration galaxies stars milky-way hubble-telescope the-universe 3d-technology

Milky Way may fling stars from its center

The Milky Way may be catapulting stars into its outer galactic halo, researchers say. The finding could change how we think about how star systems are born.

Brian Bell-UC Irvine • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space galaxies stars milky-way science-and-technology supernova

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