Search for axions from nearby star Betelgeuse comes up empty

Results significantly narrow the range of possible places to find the hypothetical dark matter particles.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~7 min

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Most distant quasar’s black hole has the mass of 1.6B suns

The newly found quasar, the most distant ever discovered, hosts a supermassive black hole equivalent to the combined mass of 1.6 billion suns.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~13 min

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Galaxies eject gas when they merge, preventing new stars forming – new research

These results might lead us to revise our understanding of how galaxies stop forming their stars.

Annagrazia Puglisi, Post Doc Research Associate in the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, Durham University • conversation
Jan. 12, 2021 ~5 min

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Where did this galaxy’s supermassive black hole go?

Researchers have been on the hunt for a missing supermassive black hole that should be in the central galaxy of cluster Abell 2261, but isn't.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 29, 2020 ~10 min

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Christmas star: Planets set to align in the night sky

Jupiter and Saturn - the Solar System's largest planets - are set to cross paths in the night sky.

Dec. 18, 2020 ~3 min

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What’s the great conjunction or ‘Christmas Star’?

An expert shares how to view the great conjunction in the sky on December 21, and how the astrological event got dubbed the "Christmas Star."

Michigan State • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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Weird exoplanet looks like a cousin of ‘Planet Nine’

An exoplanet 336 light years from Earth has a resemblance to the hypothetical "Planet Nine" of our own solar system, researchers say.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
Dec. 14, 2020 ~10 min

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Stingray Nebula fades just 20 years after its arrival

The tiny Stingray Nebula suddenly appeared in the 1980s. Now it's already begun fading, mere decades after it arrived. Here's why that's unusual.

James Urton-U. Washington • futurity
Dec. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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Supernova finding blows up an elemental origin theory

Supernova research upends the origins of two of our planet's heavy elements and sheds light on a chemical reaction that "defines our existence."

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
Dec. 3, 2020 ~7 min

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Gaia 'discovery machine' updates star catalogue

The world's most productive astronomical facility releases its third big tranche of sky data.

Dec. 3, 2020 ~6 min

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