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    With launch of new night sky survey, UW researchers ready for era of ‘big data’ astronomy

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The first astronomers had a limited toolkit: their eyes. They could only observe those stars, planets and celestial events bright enough to pick up unassisted. But today’s astronomers use increasingly sensitive and sophisticated instruments to view and… [...]

    Black holes, curved spacetime and quantum computing

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Rotating black holes and computers that use quantum-mechanical phenomena to process information are topics that have fascinated science lovers for decades, but even the most innovative thinkers rarely put them together. Now, however, theoretical physic… [...]

    The anatomy of a ‘cosmic snake’ reveals the structure of distant galaxies

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories We have a fair understanding of the fundamental mechanisms that regulate star formation in galaxies, from the interstellar matter to the diffuse clouds distributed in space whose gravitational contraction leads to the birth of stars within large stella… [...]

    Gravitational waves from merging supermassive black holes will be spotted within 10 years, study predicts

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Astronomers won’t have to wait much longer for their first glimpse of one of the biggest types of unions in the cosmos. New research published November 13 in Nature Astronomy predicts that gravitational waves generated by the merger of two supermassive… [...]

    How scientists discovered our first interstellar mystery visitor

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The astronomy world has been abuzz recently with the discovery of a new object cutting through our solar system. Its path indicates it came from interstellar space—the first body of its kind ever observed. [...]

    How scientists discovered our first interstellar mystery visitor

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The astronomy world has been abuzz recently with the discovery of a new object cutting through our solar system. Its path indicates it came from interstellar space—the first body of its kind ever observed. [...]

    ALMA’s image of a red giant star gives a surprising glimpse of the sun’s future

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories A Chalmers-led team of astronomers has for the first time observed details on the surface of an aging star with the same mass as the sun. ALMA’s images show that the star is a giant, its diameter twice the size of Earth’s orbit around the sun; they rep… [...]

    Astronomy team image one of the first massive galaxies to form, 12.8 billion years ago

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Astronomers using the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT), which is operated jointly by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, report today in Nature Astronomy that they have detected the second most distant dusty, star-forming galaxy ever found in the universe – born in the first one billion years after the Big Bang. [...]

    A new kind of quantum computer

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Quantum mechanics incorporates some very non-intuitive properties of matter. Quantum superposition, for example, allows an atom to be simultaneously in two different states with its spin axis pointed both up and down, or combinations in between. A comp… [...]

    Giant Magellan Telescope organization casts fifth mirror

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) announced that it has initiated the casting of the fifth of seven mirrors that will form the heart of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). The mirror is being cast at the University of Arizona’s Richard F… [...]