Cosmology

What Lit up the Universe? Astronomers May be on the Brink of an Answer

by Shannon Hall August 28, 2014

Most scientists can see, hear, smell, touch or even taste their research. But astronomers can only study light — photons traveling billions of light-years across the cosmos before getting scooped up by an array of radio dishes or a single parabolic mirror orbiting the Earth. Luckily the universe is overflowing with photons across a spectrum […]

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Parallel Universes and the Many-Worlds Theory

by Jason Chu August 15, 2014

Are you unique? In your perception of the world, the answer is simple: you are different than every other person on this planet. But is our universe unique? The concept of multiple realities — or parallel universes — complicates this answer and challenges what we know about the world and ourselves. One model of potential […]

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How did Supermassive Black Holes Grow so Massive so Quickly?

by Shannon Hall August 12, 2014

Black holes one billion times the Sun’s mass or more lie at the heart of many galaxies, driving their evolution. Although common today, evidence of supermassive black holes existing since the infancy of the Universe, one billion years or so after the Big Bang, has puzzled astronomers for years. How could these giants have grown […]

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“Theory of Everything:” Trailer for Movie about Stephen Hawking Now Available

by Nancy Atkinson August 6, 2014

Who says science and love (and science and the arts) don’t go together? A new movie set to premiere in November 2014 will feature the life story of physicist Stephen Hawking and focuses on his relationship with Jane Wilde, the art student he fell in love with while studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. “The […]

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Merging Giant Galaxies Sport ‘Blue Bling’ in New Hubble Pic

by Bob King July 10, 2014

On a summer night, high above our heads, where the Northern Crown and Herdsman meet, a titanic new galaxy is being born 4.5 billion light years away. You and I can’t see it, but astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope released photographs today showing the merger of two enormous elliptical galaxies into a future  heavyweight […]

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