Black Hole Jets Detected –“Emit More Energy in One Second Than Our Sun Will Produce in Its Entire Lifetime”


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"The discovery of these supermassive black holes, which launch jets that emit more energy in one second than our sun will produce in its entire lifetime, was the culmination of a yearlong research project," said astrophysicist Marco Ajello, who has spent much of his career studying the evolution of distant galaxies. "Our next step is to increase our understanding of the mechanisms involved in the formation, development and activities of these amazing objects, which are the most powerful accelerators in the universe. We can't even come close to replicating such massive outputs of energy in our laboratories. The complexities we're attempting to unravel seem almost as mysterious as the black holes themselves."


Astronomers Discover New Stage in Origin of Planets –“Solves an Enduring Mystery”




Astronomers have struggled to assemble a complete theory of the origin of planets that explains how the initial dust develops into planetary systems. A French-UK-Australian team now think they have the answer, with their simulations showing the formation of 'dust traps' where pebble-sized fragments collect and stick together, to grow into the building blocks of planets. 


Hawking’s Aliens –“I Am More Convinced Than Ever That We are Not Alone”




“As I grow older I am more convinced than ever that we are not alone. After a lifetime of wondering, I am helping to lead a new global effort to find out,” Stephen Hawking said in a video. “The Breakthrough Listen project will scan the nearest million stars for signs of life, but I know just the place to start looking. One day we might receive a signal from a planet like Gliese 832c, but we should be wary of answering back,” Hawking added.


NASA’s VIDEO TOUR of Its Epic Discovery of New Earth-Sized Habitable Exoplanets Orbiting Red-Dwarf Star TRAPPIST-1




“This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “Answering the question ‘are we alone’ is a top science priority and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal.”


NASA Detects “Powerful Signals from the Center of the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy” — May Be Evidence of the Mysterious Dark Side of the Universe (VIDEO)



NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has found a signal at the center of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy that could indicate the presence of the mysterious dark side of  the universes known as dark matter. The signal is similar to one seen by Fermi at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy.



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