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Supernova Sweeps Away Rubbish In New Composite Image

by Elizabeth Howell April 11, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Shining 24,000 light-years from Earth is an expanding leftover of a supernova that is doing a great cleanup job in its neighborhood. As this new composite image from NASA reveals, G352.7-0.1 (G352 for short) is more efficient than expected, picking up debris […]

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Three NASA Telescopes Begin Hunt For Earliest Galaxies

by Elizabeth Howell April 3, 2014

Talk about turning back time. Three NASA observatories — the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope — are all working together to look for the universe’s first galaxies. The project is called “Frontier Fields” and aims to examine these galaxies through a technique called gravitational lensing, which allows astronomers […]

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Found! Distant Galaxy Spotted Just 650 Million Years After Big Bang

by Elizabeth Howell February 10, 2014

Peering deep into the universe with the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of researchers have found an extremely distant galaxy. It was discovered in Abell 2744, a galaxy cluster. The galaxy (called Abell2744_Y1) was spotted at a time when it was just 650 million years after the universe-forming Big Bang (which makes it more than 13 […]

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Black Hole Steals Gas From Trillions Of Stars

by Elizabeth Howell January 23, 2014

Got gas?  The black hole in galaxy cluster RX J1532.9+3021 is keeping it all for itself and stopping trillions of stars from coming to be, according to new research. You can see data above from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory (purple) and the Hubble Space Telescope (yellow). The drama is taking place about 3.9 billion light-years from […]

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Best Evidence Yet for a High-Energy Jet Emanating from the Milky Way’s Black Hole

by Nancy Atkinson November 20, 2013

Jets of high energy particles emanating from a black hole have been detected plenty of times before, but in other galaxies, that is — not from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). Previous studies and other evidence suggested that perhaps there were jets – […]

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