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The most distant galaxy ever observed

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It’s called EGS-zs8-1 and it is a particularly bright object that existed at a time when the Universe was only 670 million years after the Big Bang. The results of this study, obtained with the spectrometer MOSFIRE installed at the telescope Keck-I and published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, provide new clues about the massive primordial

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Quasars are “eating” a huge amount of matter

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Astronomers have found a population of black holes characterized by a thick accretion disk. Analysis of the data suggests that these objects, called quasars, are consuming a huge amount of matter at an extraordinary rate. The results of this study, published in the Astrophysical Journal, will provide new clues on the evolution of supermassive black

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Killer asteroids and volcanic eruptions

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A study led by scientists at the University of California suggests that the impact occurred 60 million years ago off the Yucatan peninsula might have triggered the massive eruptions of lava of the Deccan, India. The asteroid that crashed into the ocean off the coast of Mexico 66 million years ago causing the extinction of

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The Pillars of Creation seen in 3D

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The instrument mounted on VLT made the first full three-dimensional view of the Eagle Nebula, Messier 16. Revealed many new details, including a jet never seen before from a young star. Using the instrument MUSE ESO, mounted on the VLT (Very Large Telescope), astronomers have produced the first full three-dimensional view of the famous Pillars

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The solar corona unveiled

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The SWAP instrument aboard ESA’s mission PROBA2 captures new images of the solar corona outside. The findings could explain the unusual activity of the solar cycle 24. The mission PROBA2 ESA gives us new and exciting information on the solar corona observed in the band of the extreme ultraviolet. The data reveal a structure mysteriously

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The first details about Pluto

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In the last images of Pluto taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which will reach the dwarf planet in mid-July, it can be seen for the first time vague details of the surface, including a white spot that might be a polar cap. It will not be the surprise of the sailor who finally sees

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New horizon

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XMM-Newton at 565 962

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It provided the latest update of the catalog thanks to the data collected by the space telescope XMM-Newton European Space Agency. The result of the analysis of about 7,500 observations of XMM-Newton satellite, is the richest atlas of the sky in X-rays ever obtained from a single mission. There are 565 962 X-ray sources in

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