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Astronomy & space

Astronomy may well be the oldest science of all. Human beings have been studying the Sun, moon, planets and stars for at least 5000 years—ever since the scholars of ancient Mesopotamia first began to record their observations in writing—and probably for tens or hundreds of thousands of years before that, ever since our remote ancestors first looked up with curiosity and wonder.

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an adaptive optics system captured these supersonic gas bullets in space

Adaptive optics detail the turmoil of a stellar nursery

Technique offers unprecedented clarity and sky coverage ...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

a gas cloud illuminates black holes at the center of the milky way

Hunting black holes with a gas cloud

Traveling gas cloud may illuminate black holes near the center of the Milky Way galaxy...

Research Areas: Physics, Astronomy & Space

an artist's rendering shows a black hole at the center of a whirling disk of heated gas

Measuring the spin of a black hole

The Event Horizon Telescope helps astronomers obtain data to study the physics of black holes ...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

a composite image shows massive young stars in a cluster; surrounding smaller stars may be forming planetary systems

Star birth in Cepheus

Mosaic camera provides critical data to understand the history of star birth...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

a narrow dust ring surrounds the star fomalhaut

Sensitive ALMA identifies dust ring for newly formed star

Radio array observes debris around nearby star Fomalhaut...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

three-hour observation of the entire sky over new mexico using the long-wavelength array radio telescope's station number one

Tracking meteor trails

Long radio wavelengths profile meteors at low frequencies ...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

molecular gas distribution in the andromeda galaxy

Complex star formation in the Andromeda galaxy

Data from the Hubble telescope and Earth-based CARMA explain how stars develop...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

a microquaser in the andromeda galaxy is helping astronomers learn about black holes

The microquasar next door

Astronomers can study how these celestial powerhouses work...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

screen shot of planet hunters web site

Citizen scientists become planet hunters

Members of the public seek and find new planet candidates outside the solar system ...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

the aftermath of a gamma-ray burst in outer space

The power behind celestial blast waves

Astronomers discover the cause of gamma-ray bursts ...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

the bubble nebula

Astrophotography gets a boost from the One Degree Imager

Cosmic phenomenon observed with next-generation camera ...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

the cartwheel galaxy

Social networks benefit citizen scientist participation

Research suggests some networks are more effective than others ...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space, Education

the green bank telescope and some of the molecules it has discovered

Getting a stellar start on life

Discoveries suggest cosmic beginnings for amino acids and DNA ingredients ...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

a model of the advanced technology solar telescope

Advanced solar telescope takes shape

Instrument will record detailed solar activity ...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

stellar system wise j104915.57-531906.1 contains a pair of brown dwarf stars

Detective work exposes brown dwarf stars

Gemini confirms star system in Earth's solar neighborhood ...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

a simulation of some of the first galaxies to form in the universe

Pop star pressures

Scientists show how radiation pressure regulates star formation...

Research Areas: Computing, Astronomy & Space

an image of pluto and its five moons taken by the hubble space telescope

Redefining scientific discovery

Pluto's demise leads to three kingdom classification scheme...

Research Areas: People & Society, Astronomy & Space

lsst building exterior

Sleek Building Design Sharpens View of Universe

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will be a truly singular discovery engine...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

the central region of this supernova remnant is star-free

Clues to the Origins of Supernovae

Lack of companion star suggests alternative theory of supernovae formation...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

a small group gathers for deployment of the final group of digital optical modules

Insights Into the Beginnings of Cosmic Rays

Observations cause astronomers to reevaluate theory of cosmic ray generation...

Research Areas: Physics, Polar, Astronomy & Space

illustration of the veritas observatory detecting crab pulsar emission

Detecting Ultrahigh Energy Pulsars

VERITAS observations improve pulsar emission models...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space, Physics

mars pictured alongside earth

The Quick Forming Planet Mars

The red planet's rapid formation explains its small size relative to Earth ...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

composite image of the bullet cluster of galaxies

Dark Matters

Indirect detection of dark matter shows expected levels of neutrino background...

Research Areas: Polar, Astronomy & Space

a millimeter-wave map measures the mass of a distant galaxy cluster while a companion image shows the galaxy cluster itself

The Galaxy Cluster Frontier

CARMA measures the mass of the most distant galaxy clusters ever found...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

images from among the 23 quasars alma observed

The Starving Galaxy

ALMA observatory reveals how star-forming galaxies evolve ...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space

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