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A premature black hole

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A supermassive black hole, called CID-947, has grown much earlier than expected while its galaxy continued to generate stars. And what emerges from a study published in Science led by researchers at ETH Zurich is that black holes and their host galaxies do not always evolve together, a fact that calls into question the current

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Is anyone out there? HDST could tell us

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A futuristic project for the heir to Hubble and the James Webb: a super-telescope with a mirror 12 meters in diameter to be placed in orbit in the thirties. For now little more than a dream, however, described in detail in a report just published by a group of USA astronomers. Take a group of

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Hubble locates a ghost galaxy

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The Hubble Space Telescope was designed to free the astronomers had a limitation that affected them since the days of Galileo: the atmosphere of the Earth. Airbags changing the atmosphere block and distort light, limiting the view of even the most powerful tools for use on Earth. The orbital telescopes function as eyes in the

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Hubble Space Telescope (HST)

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Five monsters buried in the dust

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The space telescope NuStar identified a population of supermassive black holes invisible until now because of the cloud of gas and dust that surrounds them. Already it suspected the existence, but the data say they are much more bright and active than expected. This time it was not luck. They knew where to look, the

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Few days ‘till the meeting

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There are now only about ten days meeting between the New Horizons probe and the Pluto system. No new moon discovery, but in the last images of the dwarf planet they arouse curiosity of the big dark and very regular spots. The presence of methane ice was confirmed. ‘All clear’, all alone on the route

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The new maps of dark matter

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A preliminary survey of the sky, made a new room off the field installed at the Japanese Subaru Telescope, allowed astronomers to reveal well-9 concentrations of dark matter. The findings, published in the Astrophysical Journal, are comforting to understand the role of dark energy in connection with the expansion of the Universe. The next step

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The film of quantum waves

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Observed and “filmed” for the first time in a direct way, the wavy nature of molecules of nitrogen in rotation. The technique opens up new possibilities for molecular manipulations on the border between reality and quantum classical reality. The results are published in the journal of Science Advances. The cast is not exactly the ones

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Fewer galaxies in the early Universe

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How many faint galaxies can we observe? It’s a tricky question that sought to answer a group of researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) through a series of numerical simulations conducted with supercomputers. Their findings, published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, suggest that the origins of the universe might be a little crowded place, implying

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