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How were Supermassive Black Holes Already Forming and Releasing Powerful Jets Shortly After the Big Bang

   12 hours ago  |  Universe Today

A series of studies has shown that the seeds of supermassive black holes and relativistic jets existed much sooner than expected
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Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden has Passed Away

   30 Mar 00:00:06  |  Universe Today

The world recently lost another luminary, NASA astronaut Al Worden, who was part of the Apollo program and piloted the Endeavor around the Moon
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Weekly Space Hangout: March 25, 2020 ? Amy Shira Teitel?s Fighting for Space

   29 Mar 00:00:02  |  Universe Today

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Allen Versfeld (https://www.urban-astronomer.com/ / @uastronomer) Carolyn Collins Petersen (TheSpaceWriter.com / @spacewriter) Alex Teachey (alexteachey.com /@alexteachey We are pleased to once again welcome our good friend Amy Shira Teitel back to the WSH to chat about her most recent labor of love, her new book Fighting for Space which tells the story of female pilots …
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The heliosphere looks a lot weirder than we originally thought

   29 Mar 00:00:02  |  Universe Today

Every second of every day, our sun spits out a stream of tiny high-energy particles, known as the solar wind. This wind blows throughout the solar system, extending far beyond the orbits of the planets and out into interstellar space. But the farther from the sun the wind gets, the more slowly it streams, changing …
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How Will Clouds Obscure the View of Exoplanet Surfaces

   28 Mar 00:00:11  |  Universe Today

A new study shows how the presence of a cloud layer could make it harder for the James Webb Space Telescope to detect water on exoplanets.
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Are the Gaps in These Disks Caused by Planets

   28 Mar 00:00:11  |  Universe Today

Astronomers like observing distant young stars as they form. Stars are born out of a molecular cloud, and once enough of the matter in that cloud clumps together, fusion ignites and a star begins its life. The leftover material from the formation of the star is called a circumstellar disk. As the material in the …
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Following Comet Y1 ATLAS: the ?Lost Comet? of Spring

   27 Mar 00:00:12  |  Universe Today

Got clear skies? If you?re like us, you?ve been putting the recent pandemic-induced exile to productive use, and got out under the nighttime sky. And though 2020 has yet to offer up a good bright ?Comet of the Century? to keep us entertained, there have been a steady stream of good binocular comets for northern hemisphere viewers, including C/2017 T2 PanSTARRS and C/2019 Y4 ATLAS. This week, I?d like to turn your attention to another good binocular comet that is currently at its peak: the ?other? comet ATLAS, C/2019 Y1 ATLAS.
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Highest Resolution Mosaic Image of the Surface of Bennu

   27 Mar 00:00:12  |  Universe Today

NASA and the University of Arizona have released a stunning new global map of asteroid Bennu. At 2 inches (5 cm) per pixel, this is the highest-resolution global map of any planetary body. This hi-res map will help guide the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to the surface of the asteroid to collect a sample, currently scheduled for …
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This Powerful Ion Engine Will Be Flying on NASA?s DART Mission to Try and Redirect an Asteroid

   26 Mar 00:00:05  |  Universe Today

Despite humanity’s current struggle against the novel coronavirus, and despite it taking up most of our attention, other threats still exist. The very real threat of a possible asteroid strike on Earth in the future is taking a backseat for now, but it’s still there. Though an asteroid strike seems kind of ephemeral right now, …
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Even More Repeating Fast Radio Bursts Discovered

   26 Mar 00:00:05  |  Universe Today

The CHIME radio telescope array has detected nine new fast radio bursts on repeat, which are revealing things about this strange phenomenon
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