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    Scientists have invented a new way to weigh intergalactic black holes

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Astrophysicists from Moscow State University have found a new way to estimate the mass of supermassive black holes outside our galaxy, even if they are barely detectable. The results of the study were published in Astronomy and Astrophysics. [...]

    Expect the unexpected from the big-data boom in radio astronomy

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Radio astronomy is undergoing a major boost, with new technology gathering data on objects in our universe faster than astronomers can analyse. [...]

    Discovery of the most accelerated binary pulsar

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Fifty years after Jocelyn Bell discovered the first pulsar, students are no longer going through reams of paper from pen chart recorders but instead search through 1,000s of terabytes of data to find these enigmatic pulsating radio stars. The most extr… [...]

    The return of the comet-like exoplanet

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Astronomers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland and collaborators used the Hubble Space Telescope to study an exoplanet that had been observed losing its atmosphere, forming an enormous cloud of hydrogen and giving the planet the appearance of a giant comet. During earlier observations in 2015, it was not possible to observe the whole cloud, whose shape was predicted by numerical simulations. Thanks to these new observations, however, the scientists have finally been able to confirm the initial predictions. The results are unveiled in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. [...]

    Evidence found for mid-sized black hole near center of Milky Way

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Keio University in Japan has found evidence of a mid-sized black hole near the center of the Milky Way galaxy. In their paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the group describes their study of a gas cloud cluster near the center of our galaxy and why they believe it offers evidence of a mid-sized black hole. [...]

    Stellar corpse sheds light on origin of cosmic rays

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The origin of cosmic rays, high-energy particles from outer space constantly impacting on Earth, is among the most challenging open questions in astrophysics. Now new research published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society s… [...]

    Astronomy from 40,000 feet and 43.5 degrees south

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, completed its fourth set of observations from Christchurch, New Zealand. The team spent seven weeks operating from the U.S. Antarctic Program facility at Christchurch International Airport, e… [...]

    Astronomers detect 15 high-frequency ‘fast radio bursts’ from distant galaxy

    Original @ KurzweilAI » News Using the Green Bank radio telescope, astronomers at Breakthrough Listen, a $100 million initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe, have detected 15 brief but powerful “fast radio bursts” (FRBs). These microwave radio pulses are from a mysterious source known as FRB 121102* in a dwarf galaxy about 3 billion light years [...] [...]

    Astronomers let gaseous disks tilt and shrink in virtual wind tunnel

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories A team of Dutch astronomers, led by Thomas Wijnen from Radboud University, has managed to tilt and shrink gaseous disks, in which planets form, in a virtual wind tunnel. The research helps in finding an explanation for the tilted planetary orbits in our own solar system, for example. Wijnen and his colleagues publish their findings in two articles in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. [...]

    Proposed astrophysics mission to conduct the first infrared spectral survey of the entire sky

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories NASA has recently chosen six proposed astrophysics mission for concept studies. Among them is the Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization, and Ices Explorer, or SPHEREx, which aims to unlock the mysteries of the univer… [...]