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Ultima Thule is the nickname of 2014 MU69, the next target of the New Horizons space probe

Ultima Thule is the nickname of 2014 MU69, the next target of the New Horizons space probe | Astronomy | Scoop.it

NASA has announced that it chose Ultima Thule as a nickname for 2014 MU69, the object of the Kuiper belt that represents the next target for its New Horizons space probe

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NASA chose Ultima Thule as the nickname for 2014 MU69, the next target of its New Horizons space probe.
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A network of gas filaments in the Orion Nebula

A network of gas filaments in the Orion Nebula | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'Astronomy & Astrophysics' describes a new study of the Orion Nebula. A combination of observations made with th
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The combined use of different instruments allowed to discover a network of gas filaments in the Orion Nebula.
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New clues of the relatively recent formation of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

New clues of the relatively recent formation of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'Nature Astronomy' describes a research that offers new clues about the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's formation.
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New computer simulations confirm that probably the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko formed well after the birth of the solar system.
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There’s a lot of water on the hot exoplanet WASP-39b

There’s a lot of water on the hot exoplanet WASP-39b | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'The Astronomical Journal' describes a study of the exoplanet WASP-39b. A team of researchers led by Hannah Wakeford o
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The exoplanet WASP-39b has three times as much water as Saturn, a surprising discovery that offers clues about its origin.
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Perhaps the first stars were born already 180 million years after the Big Bang

Perhaps the first stars were born already 180 million years after the Big Bang | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'Nature' describes a research that describes the detection of possible traces of the first stars born in th
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A new study suggests that the first stars were born about 180 million years after the Big Bang, well before the previous estimates.
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The magnetic field at the center of the Milky Way like a Van Gogh painting

The magnetic field at the center of the Milky Way like a Van Gogh painting | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society' describes the detailed mapping of the magnetic field aroun
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New observations allowed to reconstruct the details of the magnetic field around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
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The most distant supernova discovered so far is a hypernova

The most distant supernova discovered so far is a hypernova | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in 'The Astrophysical Journal' describes the confirmation that the supernova DES16C2nm is the most distant ever discovered. A tea
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The hypernova, or superluminous supernova, DES16C2nm is the most distant discovered so far.
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Supermassive black holes grow faster than expected

Supermassive black holes grow faster than expected | Astronomy | Scoop.it
Two articles currently being published in the journal 'Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society' describe two researches on the connection betwee
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Two distinct researches show that supermassive black holes grow faster than new stars form in their host galaxies.
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The strange motion of the interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua

The strange motion of the interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'Nature Astronomy' describes a research on the tumbling of the interstellar asteroid 1I/2017 U1, commonly know
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The interstellar asteroid 'Oumuamua shows a tumbling probably due to an impact that happened a very long time ago in the solar system it came from.
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The New Horizons space probe offers the farthest photos ever taken from Earth

The New Horizons space probe offers the farthest photos ever taken from Earth | Astronomy | Scoop.it
NASA has published some photos taken by its New Horizons space probe's LORRI instrument in December 2017. During the course of its journey that will lea
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In the course of its journey towards the Kuiper Belt Object called 2014 MU69, NASA's New Horizons space probe broke the record for the farthest photos ever taken from Earth.
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Galactic motions show a discrepancy with dark matter models

Galactic motions show a discrepancy with dark matter models | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'Science' describes a research that shows what appears to be a discrepancy between the observations of a group o
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The motion of the dwarf satellite galaxies of Andromeda, Centaurus A and maybe also the Milky Way, show a discrepancy with the current dark matter models.
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New estimates of the characteristics of the very interesting ultra-cool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1

New estimates of the characteristics of the very interesting ultra-cool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'The Astrophysical Journal' describes the most accurate measurement of the characteristics of the ultra-cold dwar
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A research offers better estimates of the characteristics of the star TRAPPIST-1, which hosts 7 rocky planets.
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The Cartwheel Galaxy seen in new details

The Cartwheel Galaxy seen in new details | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope shows the Cartwheel Galaxy shows its particular structure that combines features of a lenticular galaxy an
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15 exoplanets that orbit red dwarfs confirmed including a super-Earth with an interesting potential

15 exoplanets that orbit red dwarfs confirmed including a super-Earth with an interesting potential | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in 'The Astronomical Journal' shows the confirmation of 15 exoplanets that orbit red dwarfs. A team of researchers led by Teruyuk
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3 super-Earths were confirmed in the K2-155 system including one with an interesting potential. Those are among the 15 new exoplanets confirmed orbiting red dwarfs.
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Huge cyclones and asymmetries in the atmosphere of Jupiter

Huge cyclones and asymmetries in the atmosphere of Jupiter | Astronomy | Scoop.it
Four articles published in the journal 'Nature' describe as many researches on the planet Jupiter. Different teams of researchers focused o
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A number of phenomena in Jupiter's atmosphere are surprising.
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A symbiotic X-ray binary system generated a flare

A symbiotic X-ray binary system generated a flare | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article accepted for publication in the journal 'Astronomy & Astrophysics' describes the discovery of a binary system in which one of its two star
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The birth of an symbiotic X-ray binary system was detected by the Integral Space Observatory.
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Possible evidence of the existence of dark matter in the traces of the first stars of the universe

Possible evidence of the existence of dark matter in the traces of the first stars of the universe | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'Nature' describes a research into the possible evidence of the existence of dark matter. Professor Rennan Barkana o
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The possible traces of the first stars born in the universe might contain evidence of the existence of dark matter.
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The protoplanetary disk AS 209 hides at least one planet

The protoplanetary disk AS 209 hides at least one planet | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'Astronomy & Astrophysics' describes the study of the protoplanetary disk AS 209. A team of researchers led b
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In the protoplanetary disk AS 209 there's at least one planet orbiting a protostar.
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Supermassive black holes in dust-obscured galaxies show no influence on them

Supermassive black holes in dust-obscured galaxies show no influence on them | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in 'The Astrophysical Journal' describes a research on gas outflows from the center of an active galaxy. A team of astronomers use
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In dust-obscured galaxies such as WISE1029 the central supermassive black hole seems to have no influence on star formation.
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The origin of Perseverance Valley on Mars remains a mystery

The origin of Perseverance Valley on Mars remains a mystery | Astronomy | Scoop.it
NASA has published new photos taken by its venerable Mars Rover Opportunity, which after 14 Earth years and 5,000 Sols - Martian days - continue
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NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity is studying Perseverance Valley but its origin is still to be understood.
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Rotation observed of a ring of gas and dust surrounding a supermassive black hole

Rotation observed of a ring of gas and dust surrounding a supermassive black hole | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'Astrophysical Journal Letter' describes the best observation ever made of a ring of gas and dust surroundin
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The ALMA radio telescope detected the rotation of a ring of gas and dust around the supermassive black hole in the galaxy M77.
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Gypsum crystals in Gale crater on Mars

Gypsum crystals in Gale crater on Mars | Astronomy | Scoop.it
NASA has published photographs of star-shaped and swallowtail rock formations discovered by the Mars Rover Curiosity during the exploration of the area o
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Gypsum crystals found by NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity in the Vera Rubin Ridge on Mars add clues to the interesting ancient environment that existed in Gale Crater.
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New information on the atmospheres and water of the TRAPPIST-1 system’s planets

New information on the atmospheres and water of the TRAPPIST-1 system’s planets | Astronomy | Scoop.it
Two articles, one published in the journal 'Astronomy & Astrophysics' and one in the journal 'Nature Astronomy', describe two researches on th
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The planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system might have a lot of water and at least some of them might have an atmosphere that allows water to be liquid in their surface.
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Complex organic molecules discovered in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Complex organic molecules discovered in the Large Magellanic Cloud | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'The Astrophysical Journal Letters' describes the detection of hot cores and the most complex molecules detecte
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The ALMA radio telescope detected the most complex molecules yet discovered outside the Milky Way in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a surprising discovery considering that it seems like a chemically primitive galaxy.
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ASASSN-15no, the supernova that plays hide and seek

ASASSN-15no, the supernova that plays hide and seek | Astronomy | Scoop.it

An article to be published in the journal 'Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society' describes the study of the supernova ASASSN-15no.

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The supernova ASASSN-15no was visible only after some time because the explosion happened inside a cocoon of gas and dust.
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