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“Forever Changes Understanding of Our Place in the Universe” –2019 Nobel Prize in Physics

ESO Observatories

 

The two areas of research, cosmology and exoplanets, “really, sort of tell us something very essential — existential — about our place in the universe,” Ulf Danielsson, theoretical physicist and a member of the Nobel Prize committee that selected the winners, said during an online broadcast.

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“When Mars Started Dying” –Curiosity Rover Probes an Ancient Water Oasis

Gale Crater Lakes

 

“We went to Gale Crater because it preserves this unique record of a changing Mars,” said William Rapin of Caltech. “Understanding when and how the planet’s climate started evolving is a piece of another puzzle: When and how long was Mars capable of supporting microbial life at the surface?”

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“Solar System King” –20 New Moons of Saturn Discovered, Trumping Jupiter

 

NASA Saturn Image

 

Twenty new moons have been discovered orbiting Saturn, bringing the planet’s total number of moons to 82, the most in the solar system, surpassing Jupiter, which has 79. The discovery, led by Carnegie’s Scott S. Sheppard, was announced Monday by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center.

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The Galaxy Report –“Matter’s Missing Building Block to New Tech Searches for Intelligent Life”

Milky Way Galaxy

 

“The Galaxy Report” connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our knowledge of our Galaxy and beyond.

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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“Andromeda’s Destiny to NASA Chief Scientist’s Alien Life Prediction”

 

ESO Observatories Chile

 

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“At Emergence of Human Ancestors” –Titanic Beam of Energy Burst from Milky Way’s Core Black Hole

Milky Way Galaxy

 

“We always thought about our Galaxy as an inactive galaxy, with a not so bright center,” said  Magda Guglielmo from the University of Sydney, about new Hubble Space Telescope data showing that a titanic, expanding beam of energy sprang from close to the SgrA*, the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way, 3.5 million years ago, shooting a cone-shaped burst of radiation through both poles of the Galaxy and beyond into deep space.

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“Gargantuan Filaments” –Incubators of Supermassive Black Holes in Early Cosmos

Cosmic Filaments

 

New research from the RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research and the University of Tokyo suggests very strongly that gas falling along massive filaments under the force of gravity in the early universe triggered the formation of starbursting galaxies and supermassive black holes, giving the universe the structure that we see today. (more…)

“Fuzzy” —The Dark Matter Backbone of the Universe

Fuzzy Dark Matter

 

“The first galaxies in the early universe may illuminate what type of dark matter we have today,” says Mark Vogelsberger, associate professor of physics in MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. “Either we see this filament pattern, and fuzzy dark matter is plausible, or we don’t, and we can rule that model out. We now have a blueprint for how to do this.”

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