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29 Aug 2019, 08:10 UTC A rocky extrasolar moon (exomoon) with bubbling lava may orbit a planet 550 light-years away from us. This is suggested by an international team of researchers led by the University of Bern on the basis of theoretical predictions matching observations. The “exo-Io” would appear to be an extreme version of Jupiter’s moon Io.Artist’s composition of a volcanic exo-Io undergoing extreme mass loss. The hidden exomoon is enshrouded in an irradiated gas cloud shining in bright orange-yellow, as would be seen with a sodium filter. Patches of sodium clouds are seen to trail the lunar orbit, possibly driven by the gas giant’s magnetosphere. (Illustration Thibaut Roger/University of Bern)Jupiter’s moon Io is the most volcanically active body in our solar system. Today, there are indications that an active moon outside our solar system, an exo-Io, could be hidden at the exoplanet system WASP-49b. “It would be a dangerous volcanic world with a molten surface of lava, a lunar version of close-in Super Earths like 55 Cancri-e” says Apurva Oza, postdoctoral fellow at the Physics Insitute of the University of Bern and associate of the NCCR PlanetS, “a place where Jedis go to die, perilously familiar to Anakin Skywalker.” But the object that ... Next Previous
27 Aug 2019, 19:08 UTC NASA launched its Spitzer Space Telescope into orbit around the Sun on Aug. 25, 2003. Since then, the observatory has been lifting the veil on the wonders of the cosmos, from our own solar system to faraway galaxies, using infrared light. Next Previous
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 13 Sep 2019, 14:22 UTC Scientists have discovered that a mysterious pressure dubbed "dark energy" makes up about 68% of the total energy content of the cosmos, but so far we don't know much more about it. Exploring the nature of dark energy is one of the primary reasons NASA is building the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), a space telescope whose measurements will help illuminate the dark energy puzzle. With a better understanding of dark energy, we will have a better sense of the past and future evolution of the universe.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center 13 Sep 2019, 11:30 UTC This image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, focuses on an object named UGC 695, which is located 30 million light-years away within the constellation Cetus (the Sea Monster), also known as the Whale. A bounty of diverse background galaxies is also visible in this image.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 13 Sep 2019, 06:52 UTC A newly discovered comet has excited the astronomical community this week because it appears to have originated from outside the solar system. The object - designated C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) - was discovered on Aug. 30, 2019, by Gennady Borisov at the MARGO observatory in Nauchnij, Crimea. The official confirmation that comet C/2019 Q4 is an interstellar comet has not yet been made, but if it is interstellar, it would be only the second such object detected. The first, 'Oumuamua, was observed and confirmed in October 2017.
MIT 12 Sep 2019, 13:29 UTC If Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity holds true, then a black hole, born from the cosmically quaking collisions of two massive black holes, should itself “ring” in the aftermath, producing gravitational waves much like a struck bell reverbates sound waves. Einstein predicted that the particular pitch and decay of these gravitational waves should be a direct signature of the newly formed black hole’s mass and spin.
Square Kilometer Array 12 Sep 2019, 08:00 UTC An international team of astronomers using South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope has discovered enormous balloon-like structures that tower hundreds of light-years above and below the centre of our galaxy.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 11 Sep 2019, 17:22 UTC A supermassive black hole is blasting out X-rays about every nine hours, according to data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton, as described in our latest press release. This indicates that this black hole, containing about 400,000 times the mass of our Sun, is consuming significant amounts of material about three times per day.
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The Planetary Society Blog 13 Sep 2019, 16:22 UTC It’s looking likely that a newly discovered comet is actually an interstellar interloper from beyond our solar system.
Forbes articles by Brian Koberlein 13 Sep 2019, 15:59 UTC Periodic x-ray flares give clues about how black holes eat.
Physics World Blog 13 Sep 2019, 14:39 UTC An unusual set of chemical fingerprints spotted in the light from a distant star could be the remnants of a digested planet, according to a new study by researchers in Sweden. In 2017 astronomers making spectroscopic observations of several stars in the open star cluster Messier 67 spotted one – dubbed Y2235 – with elevated levels of certain elements on its “surface”. These included carbon, magnesium and oxygen as well as heavier elements such as cerium, iron and yttrium.
SPACE.com 13 Sep 2019, 12:03 UTC Astronomers have discovered a bright, young star that is running away from home. Why? What did the star's parents do to deserve this? According to a study published Aug. 6 in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, it's nobody's fault; it seems the young star simply fell in with the wrong crowd — namely, a very hungry black hole.
Astronaut.com 13 Sep 2019, 11:15 UTC If you could pack a hot air balloon onto an interstellar spaceship and travel 110 light years to a certain planet orbiting a dim star in the constellation Leo, you’d have an experience not entirely unlike ballooning on Earth. The temperature, pressure, and moist air could feel quite pleasant, though you’d need an oxygen mask—and possibly an umbrella.
Universe Today 13 Sep 2019, 07:33 UTC Hubble has captured a new image of Saturn that makes you wonder if it’s even real. The image is so crisp it makes it look like Saturn is just floating in space. Which it is. This image of the ringed-planet was captured when Saturn was at its closest to Earth, some 1.36 billion km away (845 million miles) on June 20th, 2019. The crisp image was captured with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3.)