Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“Ancient Behemoth Galaxies to the ‘Science-Fiction’ Star”

ESO VLT

 

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“Shimmering” –Strange Cloud Detected Shrouding Missing Matter of the Universe

 

 

“We aren’t quite sure what the strange cloud is, but one possibility is that it could be a hydrogen ‘snow cloud’ disrupted by a nearby star to form a long, thin clump of gas,” said Artem Tuntsov, with Australia’s Manly Astrophysics Institute, about a hitherto undetected invisible stream of cold gas in the Milky Way about 10 light years from Earth a trillion kilometers long and 10 billion kilometers wide, only weighing about the mass of our Moon. Hydrogen freezes at about minus 260 degrees and theorists have proposed that some of the universe’s missing baryonic matter –the form of matter of which stars and planets and we Homo sapiens are composed–could be locked up in these hydrogen ‘snow clouds’.

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The Galaxy Report –“Mystery of Giant Galaxies at Dawn of the Cosmos to ‘Unicorn’ Black Holes”

The Galaxy Report

 

Welcome to this week’s fix of news of space and science –a random journey from Planet Earth through the Cosmos– that has the capacity to provide clues to our existence and add a much needed cosmic perspective in our current epoch. The Galaxy Report is also available here as a twice-weekly newsletter that includes exclusive feature stories.

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The Galaxy Report –“Unexplained Glow In Deep Space to Antarctica Signal of a Parallel Universe?”

Other Worlds

 

“The Galaxy Report” provides descriptive links to headline news by leading science journalists about the extraordinary discoveries, technology, people, and events changing our knowledge of the Universe, planet Earth, and the future of the human species.

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“The Big Bang Didn’t Happen Just Once” –Four Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe

 

Other Worlds

 

“There is probably no way to tell whether the mysteries faced by cosmologists today are the signs of a coming scientific revolution or merely the last few loose ends of an incredibly successful scientific endeavor. There is no question that we have made incredible progress in understanding our universe, its history, and its origin,” says Dan Hooper, a senior scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory about 40 miles west of Chicago and a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Chicago.

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“The Big Bang Vanishes” –Scientists Doubt Most Famous Scientific Theory Since Einstein’s Relativity

Big Bang

 

“The Big Bang theory says nothing about what banged, why it banged, or what happened before it banged,” observed MIT theoretical physicist and cosmologist Alan Guth, who pioneered the the theory that the universe dramatically expanded in size in a fleeting fraction of a second after the Big Bang.

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