Astronomers find wandering massive black holes in dwarf galaxies

Astronomers seeking to learn about the mechanisms that formed massive black holes in the early history of the Universe have gained important new clues with the discovery of 13 such black holes in dwarf galaxies less than a billion light-years from Earth. These dwarf galaxies, more than 100 times less massive than our own Milky … Read more Astronomers find wandering massive black holes in dwarf galaxies

New link found between mass of Supermassive black holes and their host galaxies

A team of astronomers has discovered a novel way to “weigh” supermassive black holes at the centres of galaxies by measuring the distances between the galaxies that contain them. Mysterious, massive dark objects lurk at the centre of nearly all galaxies and can be observed with high enough sensitivity. Astronomers believe these to be black … Read more New link found between mass of Supermassive black holes and their host galaxies

Lasers learn to accurately spot space junk

Chinese researchers have improved the accuracy in detecting space junk in earth’s orbit, providing a more effective way to plot safe routes for spacecraft maneuvers. “The possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to one!” exclaimed C-3PO as Han Solo directed the Millennium Falcon into an asteroid field in “Star Wars: The … Read more Lasers learn to accurately spot space junk

OU researchers make new discoveries set to reveal the geology of planets outside our Solar System

Three OU astronomers today announce ground-breaking discoveries allowing scientists to understand planets outside our Solar System. Professor Carole Haswell, Dr Daniel Staab and Dr John Barnes discovered three, new, nearby planetary systems. Research led by Professor Haswell found the exoplanets – planets outside the Solar System – as part of the Dispersed Matter Planet Project … Read more OU researchers make new discoveries set to reveal the geology of planets outside our Solar System

ESO observations reveal black holes’ breakfast at the cosmic dawn

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have observed reservoirs of cool gas around some of the earliest galaxies in the Universe. These gas halos are the perfect food for supermassive black holes at the centre of these galaxies, which are now seen as they were over 12.5 billion years ago. This food storage might explain … Read more ESO observations reveal black holes’ breakfast at the cosmic dawn

ESO telescope images stunning central region of Milky Way, finds ancient star burst

ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has observed the central part of the Milky Way with spectacular resolution and uncovered new details about the history of star birth in our galaxy. Thanks to the new observations, astronomers have found evidence for a dramatic event in the life of the Milky Way: a burst of star formation … Read more ESO telescope images stunning central region of Milky Way, finds ancient star burst

Water common – yet scarce – in exoplanets

The most extensive survey of atmospheric chemical compositions of exoplanets to date has revealed trends that challenge current theories of planet formation and has implications for the search for water in the solar system and beyond. A team of researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, used atmospheric data from 19 exoplanets to obtain detailed … Read more Water common – yet scarce – in exoplanets

Hidden giant planet revealed around tiny white dwarf star

The first evidence of a giant planet orbiting a dead white dwarf star has been found in the form of a disc of gas formed from its evaporating atmosphere. The Neptune-like planet orbits a star a quarter of its size about once every ten days, leaving a comet-like tail of gas comprised of hydrogen, oxygen … Read more Hidden giant planet revealed around tiny white dwarf star