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Comet ISON Hosted A Rare Kind Of Nitrogen, Hinting At Reservoirs In Young Solar System

by Elizabeth Howell February 21, 2014

Comet ISON — that bright comet last year that broke up around Thanksgiving weekend — included two forms of nitrogen in its icy body, according to newly released observations from the Subaru Telescope. Of the two types found, the discovery of isotope 15NH2 was the first time it’s ever been seen in a comet. Further, […]

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Greedy Galaxies Gobbled Gas, Stalling Star Formation Billions Of Years Ago

by Elizabeth Howell January 29, 2014

Like millionaires that burn through their cash too quickly, astronomers have found one factor behind why compact elliptical galaxies stopped growing stars about 11 billion years ago: they ate through their gas reserves. Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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What Fuels The Engine Of A Supermassive Black Hole?

by Elizabeth Howell January 28, 2014

If you could get a good look at the environment around a supermassive black hole — which is a black hole often found in the center of the galaxy — what factors would make that black hole keep going? A Japanese study revealed that at least one of these black holes stay “active and luminous” […]

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Subaru Telescope Captures the Fine Details of Comet Lovejoy’s Tail

by Jason Major December 6, 2013

Comet ISON may be no more than just a cloud of icy debris these days but there’s another comet that’s showing off in the morning sky: C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy), which was discovered in September and is steadily nearing its Christmas Day perihelion. In the early hours of Dec. 3, astronomers using the 8.2-meter Subaru Telescope […]

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Subaru Telescope Reveals Orderly Massive Galaxy Evolution

by Tammy Plotner December 5, 2013

Nobody likes a sloppy COSMOS (Cosmological Evolution Survey) and astronomers utilizing the Fiber-Multi-Object Spectrograph (FMOS) mounted on the Subaru Telescope have put order into chaos through their studies. The survey has found that some nine billion years ago galaxies were capable of producing new stars in a fashion as orderly as game of checkers. Despite […]

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