astronomy

Researchers discovered a galaxy that could shed light on our solar system

Researchers discovered a galaxy that could shed light on our solar system

Researchers have discovered a unique stage of planetary system evolution by imaging a star system over 400 light-years away. Scientists on the project say the discovery provides an opportunity to study how our solar system developed. The discovery is of fast-moving carbon monoxide gas flowing out from a young and low-mass star.

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Check out the beaver moon early Monday morning

Check out the beaver moon early Monday morning

Tonight and early Monday morning will provide something for skywatchers to get up early for. November's full moon has a strange name; it's known as the beaver moon. That's certainly an odd name for a full moon. The name comes from the fact that beavers are typically busy little guys building dams for the winter when it rises into the sky.

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“Fossil galaxy” found hiding deep inside the Milky Way

“Fossil galaxy” found hiding deep inside the Milky Way

Scientists sorting through data gathered from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey's Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) have discovered what they call a "fossil galaxy" that's tucked away deep inside the Milky Way. Scientists say that the proposed fossil galaxy could have collided with the Milky Way 10 billion years ago when our galaxy was still in its infancy. The fossil galaxy has been named Heracles.

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Another cable failure means the end for the iconic Arecibo radio telescope

Another cable failure means the end for the iconic Arecibo radio telescope

We mentioned back in August that a cable failure at the iconic Arecibo Observatory caused significant damage to the dish of the radio telescope. Sadly, a second cable at the radio observatory has failed, and the famous 1000-foot diameter radio telescope will have to be demolished. An engineering firm called Thorton Tomasetti has determined that the radio dish and the 900-ton instrument platform are too unstable for repair.

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Missing-link Blue Ring Nebula could hold key to mystery merging stars

Missing-link Blue Ring Nebula could hold key to mystery merging stars

A head-scratching astronomical anomaly - and a thorn in the side to scientists trying to understand how the universe evolved - could have been explained, with a new theory identifying a missing link in one of the weirdest objects in the known galaxy. The Blue Ring Nebula shouldn't really exist, scientists concluded when it was spotted back in 2004, with its bizarre double-cone structure and a star at its center.

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Look to the skies next week to view the Taurids meteor shower

Look to the skies next week to view the Taurids meteor shower

Amateur astronomers and skywatchers need to have their eyes on the heavens next week as the Taurid meteor shower could result in some impressive fireballs. Fireballs are a technical term for extremely bright meteors streaking through the atmosphere. For those unfamiliar, the Taurids are split into the Northern Taurids and the Southern Taurids.

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ESO shares a close-up image of the Skull Nebula

ESO shares a close-up image of the Skull Nebula

I'm sure many people have looked up at the sky and tried to find the constellations over the centuries. Other than the Big Dipper and Little Dipper, most constellations don't look a lot like the objects they're supposed to for many people. The ESO has shared a new image from its Very Large Telescope of the Skull Nebula.

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November has some treats in store for astronomy fans

November has some treats in store for astronomy fans

October has come and gone, and the spookiest month of the year offered some spectacular sites for skywatchers. Last night on Halloween, anyone who looked to the sky would notice the full moon, which was a Blue Moon, and the first in decades on Halloween. October also had an impressive meteor shower that had people outside looking to the heavens.

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Be sure to check out Halloween’s rare Blue Moon tonight

Be sure to check out Halloween’s rare Blue Moon tonight

Halloween is here, and while the pandemic has messed up trick-or-treating for most people around the country, there is one treat that you can enjoy tonight. We mentioned a while back that tonight is a rare Blue Moon. A Blue Moon is the second full moon in a single month.

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Astronomers discover the smallest rogue planet yet zipping through the Milky Way

Astronomers discover the smallest rogue planet yet zipping through the Milky Way

The term rogue planet is applied to planets that do not orbit a star. These planets fly unaccompanied through the galaxy, and astronomers have announced that they have spotted the smallest rogue planet candidate yet. The belief that the planet could be smaller than the Earth, with a mass somewhere between that of our world and Mars.

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Researchers study the atmosphere of distant “hot Neptune” planet

Researchers study the atmosphere of distant “hot Neptune” planet

A team of astronomers has used data gathered from TESS and the Spitzer space telescope to investigate the atmosphere of a distant planet known as LTT 9779b. The planet is described as a "hot Neptune," and the study marks the first time the atmosphere of this exoplanet was studied. Researchers performed the first spectral atmospheric characterization and global temperature map of any TESS planet that has an atmosphere and is classified as a hot Neptune.

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Skywatchers still have a chance to check out the Orionid meteor shower

Skywatchers still have a chance to check out the Orionid meteor shower

Skywatchers may have missed the peak of the Orionid meteor shower, which occurred in the predawn hours last Wednesday. However, there is still a chance to see a few meteors in the sky. The Orionid meteor shower continues through November 7.

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