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    Flashes of light on the dark matter

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories A web that passes through infinite intergalactic spaces, a dense cosmic forest illuminated by very distant lights and a huge enigma to solve. These are the picturesque ingredients of a scientific research – carried out by an international team composed… [...]

    Telescope design promises to revolutionize amateur astronomy

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The SETI Institute and French startup Unistellar announced a partnership today to commercialize a new telescope that promises to deliver an unparalleled view of the cosmos to amateur astronomers, and provide the opportunity to contribute directly to cu… [...]

    Evidence of impacts that structured the Milky Way galaxy

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories A team from the University of Kentucky’s Department of Physics and Astronomy has observed evidence of ancient impacts that are thought to have shaped and structured our Milky Way galaxy. [...]

    Step by step, we’re tackling gender equity in Australian astronomy

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The number of women at the most senior levels in the Australian astronomical community remains low despite many positive steps in supporting gender equity. Women make up only 17% of positions at full or associate professor level. [...]

    Researchers describe one of the most massive large-scale structures in the universe

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories A team of astronomers from the Inter University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics (IUCAA), and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), both in Pune, India, and members of two other Indian universities, have identified a previously unknown, extremely large supercluster of galaxies located in the direction of constellation Pisces. This is one of the largest known structures in the nearby Universe, and is at a distance of 4,000 million (400 crore) light-years away from us. [...]

    HIRMES—a new high-resolution mid-infrared spectrometer for SOFIA

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories NASA is developing a new instrument to expand the boundaries of astronomy research. A team of scientists and technologists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is developing the High-Resolution Mid-Infrared Spectrometer (HIRMES)—an innovative instrument that will enable new scientific investigations and important contributions to our understanding of the cosmos. HIRMES’ commissioning is anticipated for late 2018 on NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a heavily modified Boeing 747SP that carries a 2.5m-diameter infrared telescope. SOFIA flies above ~95% of the Earth’s atmospheric water vapor, allowing astronomers to gain access to wavelengths that are not possible to observe from the ground, even with the most powerful groundbased telescopes. HIRMES applies emerging detector and optical technologies tailored to take maximum advantage of the unique platform provided by SOFIA, covering the 25–122-micron spectral range with resolving powers ranging from 600 to 100,000. [...]

    New survey highlights gender, racial harassment in astronomy and planetary science

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Women of color working in astronomy and planetary science report more gender and racial harassment than any other gender or racial group in the field, according to a new study revealing widespread harassment in these scientific disciplines. [...]

    Evidence discovered for two distinct giant planet populations

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories In a paper published in Astronomy & Astrophysics, a team of researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA3) discovered observational evidence for the existence of two distinct populations of giant planets. [...]

    Adventures in acoustic cosmology

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories A project that explores whether there is a musical equivalent to the curvature of spacetime will be presented on Thursday 6 July by Gavin Starks at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull. [...]

    Scientist conducts first comparison study of central pit impact craters throughout solar system

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories As part of the first comparison study of central pit impact craters throughout the solar system, professor Nadine Barlow of NAU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy recently published findings revealing insights into the environmental conditions gover… [...]