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Newborn stars in the Milky Way

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Brazilian researchers have identified two star clusters in a molecular cloud located in remote regions of our galaxy, a distance well beyond the typical one in which stars form. The results of this study, published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, shed light on some models of star formation and show how the

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Discoveries in the cosmic family

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The intriguing object we are talking about was called NGC2276-3c and is located in one of the spiral arms of the galaxy NGC 2276, about 100 million light years from Earth. NGC2276-3c seems to have all the characteristics to be what astronomers call a “black hole of intermediate mass”. In the universe there is a

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MUSE involved in Universe 3D-mapping

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A group of astronomers used the tool mounted on the VLT to measure the distance of 189 galaxies, ranging from relatively close to those we see when the universe was less than a billion years. Everything beyond the power of Hubble. Credit: ESO/MUSE Consortium/R. Bacon The instrument MUSE mounted on the VLT (Very Large Telescope)

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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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