Astronomers Catch a Galactic Threesome in the Act

by Jason Major November 22, 2013

An enormous and incredibly luminous distant galaxy has turned out to actually be three galaxies in the process of merging together, based on the latest observations from ALMA as well as the┬áHubble and Spitzer space telescopes. Located 13 billion light-years away, this galactic threesome is being seen near the very beginning of what astronomers call […]

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Unraveling the Secrets of Type Ia Supernovae: a New Two-Minute Thesis

by Jason Major November 27, 2012

The folks over at PHD Comics have put together a new video in their Two-Minute Thesis series, this one featuring Ph.D candidate Or Graur of the University of Tel Aviv and the American Museum of Natural History discussing the secret lives — and deaths — of astronomers’ “standard candles” of universal distance, Type Ia supernovae. […]

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Here There Be Planets: Stellar Disk Gap May Reveal Newborn Worlds

by Jason Major November 12, 2012

HiCIAO near-infrared image of the protoplanetary disk around PDS 70. The circular mask hides the star itself, as well as a smaller internal disk structure. (Credit: NAOJ) Over the past couple of decades astronomers have figured out several methods for finding planets around other stars in our galaxy. Some have revealed their presence by the […]

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Rare Rectangle Galaxy Discovered

by Jason Major March 20, 2012

It’s being called the “emerald-cut galaxy” — recently discovered by an international team of astronomers with the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, LEDA 074886 is a dwarf galaxy located 70 million light-years (21 Mpc) away, within a group of about 250 other galaxies. “It’s an exciting find,” Dr. Alister Graham, lead author and associate […]

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