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Artistic Representation of the Sun, the Earth and the Moon with the Space-Time Curvature of Einstein

Space October 11, 2020

Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity Verified by New Measurements of the Solar Spectrum

An international team of researchers led by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) has measured, with unprecedented accuracy, the gravitational redshift of the Sun,…

Universe Expansion Over Time

Space October 11, 2020

Dark Energy: Map Gives Clue About What It Is – But Deepens Cosmic Expansion Rate Dispute

Dark energy is one of the greatest mysteries in science today. We know very little about it, other than it is invisible, it fills the…

Professor Andrea Ghez

Physics October 11, 2020

Andrea Ghez Wins Nobel Prize in Physics for Pioneering Research on the Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

Andrea Ghez, UCLA’s Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Professor of Astrophysics, today was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in physics. Ghez shares half of the…

Planet Venus Magellan Pioneer Composite

Space October 11, 2020

The Detection of Phosphine in Venus’ Clouds Is a Big Deal – Here’s How We Can Find Out if It’s a Sign of Life

Cassiopeia A Chandra X-ray Observatory

Space October 11, 2020

Lonely Origin of Cassiopeia a Revealed: One of the Most Famous Supernova Remnants

Massive stars end their lives with energetic explosions known as supernova explosions. ‘Stripped-envelope supernovae’ show weak or no traces of hydrogen in its ejecta, meaning…

A Scanning Electron Microscopic Image of the Meteorite Juvinas

Space October 10, 2020

Remnants of an Ancient Asteroid Shake Up a Once Accepted Timeline for Cataclysmic Events in the Early Solar System

Researchers have shaken up a once accepted timeline for cataclysmic events in the early solar system. About 4.5 Ga (giga-anum, or billion years ago), as…

New Look Sunspots

Space October 10, 2020

A New Look at Sunspots is Helping NASA Understand Life Around Other Stars

  NASA’s extensive fleet of spacecraft allows scientists to study the Sun extremely close-up – one of the agency’s spacecraft is even on its way…

Planet WASP-121b

Space October 10, 2020

Vaporized Metal in the Air of an Ultra-Hot Exoplanet

An international team of researchers led by the National Centre of Competence in Research PlanetS of the University of Bern and the University of Geneva…

Andrea Ghez

Physics October 8, 2020

Andrea Ghez Wins Share of 2020 Nobel Prize for Discoveries in Black Hole Physics

Astrophysicist Andrea Ghez ’87 has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics, announced today by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. She…

Black Hole Artist Illustration

Space October 8, 2020

Ripples in the Fabric of Space and Time Offer New Clues to the Shape of Black Holes

Black holes are one the most fascinating objects in the Universe. At their surface, known as the “event horizon,” gravity is so strong that not…

TESS Cosmic Vista Northern Sky

Space October 7, 2020

NASA’s TESS Creates a Cosmic Vista of the Northern Sky [Video]

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) spent nearly a year imaging the northern sky in its search for worlds beyond our solar system. Explore this…

Universe Physics Concept

Physics October 7, 2020

Professor’s Milestone in Nuclear Physics Seeks to Understand the Universe Itself

Early research on atomic nuclei yielded a wave of discoveries. A nuclear physics professor from Florida International University was among a team of researchers that…

Simplified Einstein-Lovelock Theory

Physics October 5, 2020

Physicist Simplifies Einstein-Lovelock Theory for Black Holes

Allowing for quantum corrections, the Einstein-Lovelock theory describes black holes with an equation that contains an infinite number of terms. However, according to a RUDN…

Black Hole Simulation

Space October 5, 2020

Unique Test of General Relativity Using a Black Hole – Einstein’s Theory Remains Intact Even Under Extreme Conditions

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what might the first horizon-scale image of a black hole tell us? A new paper by researchers…

Scattered Stars

Space October 3, 2020

Astrophysicists Figure Out How Disk Galaxies Evolve a Smooth, Exponential Fade

Computer simulations are showing astrophysicists how massive clumps of gas within galaxies scatter some stars from their orbits, eventually creating the smooth, exponential fade in…

3D Planet Impact Simulation

Space October 3, 2020

New Clues to Earth’s Atmospheric Loss From Moon’s Origin From Planet Collision Supercomputer Simulations

Earth could have lost anywhere between ten and 60 percent of its atmosphere in the collision that is thought to have formed the Moon. New…

Mass Spectrometer ORIGIN

Space October 2, 2020

This Device Is the Most Sensitive Instrument in the Search for Life in Space

Researchers at the University of Bern have developed the highly sensitive ORIGIN instrument, which can provide proof of the smallest amounts of traces of life,…

Echo Mapping Black Hole Accretion Disk

Space October 2, 2020

“Echo Mapping” Light Bursts From Supermassive Black Holes in Faraway Galaxies to Measure Vast Cosmic Distances

Matter swirling around supermassive black holes creates bursts of light that “echo” in nearby dust clouds. These traveling signals could serve as a new cosmic…

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