“The Glittering Galaxy” –Neutron Stars & Black Holes Light Up The Whirlpool

M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy

 

This stunning image of M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy, with vast its arms like a grand spiral staircase sweeping through space, contains nearly a million seconds of observing time with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, revealing hundreds of glittering, point-like X-ray sources. Most of these point sources are binary systems with either a neutron star or black hole orbiting a Sun-like star. (more…)

“The Yeti” –A Monster Galaxy Accidentally Discovered at Dawn of the Universe

Yeti Galaxy

 

Astronomers accidentally discovered the a faint light shimmering blob of a monster galaxy cloaked in dust in the early universe that has never been seen before. Like a cosmic Yeti, the scientific community generally regarded these galaxies as folklore, given the lack of evidence of their existence, but astronomers in the United States and Australia managed to snap a picture of the beast for the first time.
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Colossal Ancient Galaxies Discovered –“Where None Had Been Seen Before”

Hubble Deep Field

 

Astronomers used the combined power of multiple astronomical observatories around the world and in space-including ALMA and Hubble- to discover 39 previously unknown ancient massive galaxies that defy current models of the universe.

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“All the Light”– In the History of the Observable Universe

Galaxies in Milky Way

 

From our tiny blue water planet, the universe appears inconceivably vast. In the grand cosmic scheme of things, all the light in the observable universe provides about as much illumination as a 60-watt bulb seen from 2.5 miles away, says Marco Ajello, an astrophysicist at Clemson University, who led a team that has measured all of the starlight ever produced throughout the history of the observable universe.

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“Beyond Comprehension” –‘The Observable Universe Is Only a Tiny Fraction of the Aftermath of the Big Bang’

 

“It boggles the mind that over 90% of the galaxies in the Universe have yet to be studied. Who knows what we will find when we observe these galaxies with the next generation of telescopes,” says astronomer Christopher Conselice, who led the team that discovered that there are ten times more galaxies in the universe than previously thought, and an even wider space to search for extraterrestrial life.

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Discovered –“Giant, Exceptional Relic of a Galaxy Ten Times Bigger than Milky Way”

 

“We have found a giant, exceptional relic of a disrupted galaxy,” says Dr Noah Brosch, of The Florence and George Wise Observatory at Tel Aviv University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, who led the research for the discovery.

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