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Interstellar comet with a familiar look

A closer investigation into the object's orbit confirmed its exosolar origin, making it the second-known interstellar interloper.

8 hours ago Nature Astronomy

Feeding a baby star through a whirlpool in space

The protostar with its disk lies at the center of HH 111, a pair of supersonic jets emerging from a molecular cloud core located 1300 lightyears away in the constellation Orion.

8 hours ago Nature Astronomy

The irresistible pull – when massive stars collide

A team of astrophysicists from Germany and the UK may now have solved the more than 70-year-old conundrum of the origin of strong magnetic fields in massive stars.

9 Oct 2019 Nature

The “GRB case 070809” has been reopened: the “culprit” is a kilonova

An international team of astronomers identified a kilonova - or a very powerful cosmic explosion - associated with a gamma-ray burst recorded in 2007.

7 Oct 2019 Nature Astronomy

Not long ago, the center of the Milky Way exploded

Researchers find evidence of a cataclysmic flare that punched so far out of the galaxy its impact was felt 200,000 light years away.

6 Oct 2019 Astrophysical Journal

Massive filaments fuel the growth of galaxies and supermassive black holes

The observations, which constitute a very detailed map of the filaments, were made on SSA22, a massive proto-cluster of galaxies located about 12 billion light years away in the constellation of Aquarius, making it a structure of the very early universe.

3 Oct 2019 Science

The violent history of the big galaxy next door

The galactic detective work found that Andromeda has eaten several smaller galaxies, likely within the last few billion years, with left-overs found in large streams of stars.

2 Oct 2019 Nature

New telescopes to help students reach for the stars

Students who use MSATT also have access to mentors who can help them analyse and report their findings.

27 Sep 2019 ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Oldest galaxy protocluster forms ‘queen’s court’

This discovery suggests that large structures such as protoclusters already existed when the Universe was only about 800 million years old, 6 percent of its present age.

27 Sep 2019 Astrophysical Journal

Scientists watch a black hole shredding a star

'Lucky' observation gives most detailed look ever of the phenomenon.

26 Sep 2019 The Astrophysical Journal

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