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The mystery of the distant planet

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The young astronomer Vanessa Bailey from the University of Arizona and her team have discovered the most distant exoplanet from its parent star. This is the result that undermines the current theories on star and planet formation. Crucial to its identification have been the Magellan telescope shooting in the Chilean Andes equipped with the adaptive

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The cosmic dance of two black holes

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Using data from WISE and the comments of the Australian Telescope Compact Array Telescope and the Gemini South , researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have discovered a remote galaxy that hosts a couple of black holes in the gravitationally core bound. The study can be found in the Astrophysical Journal.   Source: www.nasa.gov Two

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The explosive growth of a young star

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Using the telescope ALMA, a research team led by Danish Niels Bohr Institute researchers analyzed a protostar in the Milky Way and discovered that in the earlier stages of its development was about one hundred times brighter than it is now. Source: www.jpl.nasa.gov The graph shows the young protostar in the center surrounded by clouds of

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Padlocks on the quantum Einstein- Rosen Bridge

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The entanglement between particles and the so-called “wormholes”, the hypothetical wormholes that would unite remote areas of the universe, may be different manifestations of an identical physical reality. The hypothesis can be found in the Physical Review Letters. Source: www.nasa.gov What do they have in common a phenomenon as quantum entanglement, with its bizarre bonds

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100 days of science for LADEE

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The NASA probe launched into orbit around the Moon has completed the commissioning phase and its scientific instruments have passed the preliminary checks. Source: www.nasa.gov The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), launched September 6, 2013, enter the phase of scientific research. The NASA probe is carrying three instruments designed to gather detailed information

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Awkward extraterrestrial atmospheres

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Using the effective eye of the Hubble Space Telescope two Internationals team of scientists have found traces of water, little but unmistakable, in the atmosphere of five extrasolar planets. The two studies can be found in The Astrophysical Journal. To analyze the composition of the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet, astronomers observe it as it

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The two oldest brown dwarfs of the Universe

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Two brown dwarfs discovered so far have an unknown origin and they are estimated to have more than ten billion years. They could be part of a vast and as yet unknown, stellar population. A researcher of INAF Astronomical Observatory of Turin had participated among the authors of the study.  Source: www.nasa.gov They are small,

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Chandra reveals the jet of Sagittarius A *

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It’s faint but there. The data of the observatory orbiting NASA and the Very Large Array confirmed that the jet of particles at high energies at the center of our galaxy exists. After decades of research and trial and error, scientists have found evidence. Source: www.nasa.gov Sagittarius A * was not very active in the last

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Comet ISON Shines

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The fate of the Comet ISON has worried astronomers that analyzed with attention its shifting from the Sun during the day of Thursday. Two hours after ISON got closer at little more than 1 million kilometers of the planet’s surface a distance considered small, whereas it is less than the diameter of the Sun, ISON

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