Phoenix cluster is cooler than expected

With increasingly advanced data, Michael McDonald and colleagues study a galaxy cluster bursting with new stars.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Nov. 20, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Putting the “bang” in the Big Bang

Physicists simulate critical “reheating” period that kickstarted the Big Bang in the universe’s first fractions of a second.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 24, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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Astronomers use giant galaxy cluster as X-ray magnifying lens

New lens technique spots tiny dwarf galaxy in the first, super-energetic stages of star formation.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 14, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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This is how a “fuzzy” universe may have looked

Scientists simulate early galaxy formation in a universe of dark matter that is ultralight, or “fuzzy,” rather than cold or warm.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 3, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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3Q: Scientists shave estimate of neutrino’s mass in half

Joseph Formaggio explains the discovery that the ghostly particle must be no more than 1 electronvolt, half as massive as previously thought.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Sept. 16, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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Scientists detect tones in the ringing of a newborn black hole for the first time

Results support Einstein’s theory and the idea that black holes have no “hair.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Sept. 12, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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For first time, astronomers catch asteroid in the act of changing color

Asteroid is likely shedding reddish dust, revealing a fresh, blue surface beneath.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Aug. 29, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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Rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet is missing an atmosphere

Study reports on search for an atmosphere around a planet somewhat similar to ours.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Aug. 19, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Data-mining for dark matter

Tracy Slatyer hunts through astrophysical data for clues to the invisible universe.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Aug. 15, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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