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The brightest quasar ever discovered

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SDSS J0100 + 2802 is the brightest quasars ever discovered in the early universe, powered by a black hole of 12 billion solar masses, the most massive known so far in so remote ages. The result was achieved by an international team of astronomers led by Chinese Xue-Bing Wu thanks to observations made with the

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A supermassive black hole

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It is holed up in gas trenches, particularly dense pockets of organic molecules that are resistant to lethal radiation that permeates the surroundings of the supermassive black hole in the process of power at the center of the galaxy M77. It was discovered by a research group of Japanese guidance using the radio telescope ALMA

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Curiosity in a Sunset selfie

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The beautiful image shows the heavy robotic vehicle that weights a ton at the site “Mojave” on Mars, where it’s drilling and where it has collected the second sample of dust from Mount Sharp. The Craze of selfie not only invaded the Earth, but also the space. And Mars is no exception. The image you

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Asteroids

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WASP43-b exoplanet

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The planet orbits in fact very close to its star, so much so that its year is the shortest ever measured: it lasts just 19 hours. “WASP43-b is a planet the size of Jupiter but twice as massive,” says Isabella Pagano, INAF – Catania Astrophysical Observatory and an expert in the research and study of

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Scholz Star

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Discover the star that came closer to us: it is called Scholz Star, a red dwarf of small tonnage accompanied by a brown dwarf. 70,000 years ago it has slipped straight in the outer part of the Oort Cloud, the shell of comets that represents the outer edge of the Solar System. While Homo sapiens

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S.A.M. (the Sample Analysis at Mars)

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A mineral was identified which, when heated, destroys organic compounds. The discovery, published in Astrobiology, could have consequences for the NASA’s rover, Curiosity for future missions, like ExoMars, dedicated to the search for traces of life on the Red Planet. The culprit is called SAM. It had been sent to Mars to hunt for signs

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The super wind that sweeps Galaxy

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The international team of astronomers led by Emanuele Nardini and INAF studied the properties of the mighty wind emitted by the supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy by measuring, for the first time, the intensity and also revealing the spreading of the black hole in all directions. The work is published in

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The first maneuver of ‘immersion’ of MAVEN

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The first programmed maneuver of ‘immersion’ was successfully completed to allow the probe MAVEN to collect data on the state of the Martian upper from a close distance. “The usual mappings are able to take measurements from a distance that is between 150 and 6200 km from the surface,” says Bruce Jakosky, principal investigator for

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