Swift mission probes an exotic object 20 November 2014, 1:00 pm The object's curious properties make it a good match for a supermassive black hole ejected from its home galaxy after merging with another giant black hole.
How to estimate the magnetic field of an exoplanet 20 November 2014, 8:18 pm Scientists developed a new method which allows to estimate the magnetic field of a distant exoplanet, i.e., a planet, which is located outside the Solar system and orbits a different star. Moreover, they managed to estimate the value of the magnetic moment of the planet HD 209458b.
It's filamentary: How galaxies evolve in the cosmic web 20 November 2014, 7:34 pm How do galaxies like our Milky Way form, and just how do they evolve? Are galaxies affected by their surrounding environment? Astronomers now propose some answers. The researchers highlight the role of the 'cosmic web' -- a large-scale web-like structure comprised of galaxies -- on the evolution of galaxies that took place in the distant universe, a few billion years after the Big Bang.
Sun's rotating 'magnet' pulls lightning towards UK 20 November 2014, 2:48 am The sun may be playing a part in the generation of lightning strikes on Earth by temporarily 'bending' the Earth's magnetic field and allowing a shower of energetic particles to enter the upper atmosphere.
NASA's Swift mission probes an exotic object: 'Kicked' black hole or mega star? 19 November 2014, 11:50 pm Astronomers have discovered an unusual source of light in a galaxy some 90 million light-years away. The dwarf galaxy Markarian 177 (center) and its unusual source SDSS1133 (blue) lie 90 million light-years away. The galaxies are located in the bowl of the Big Dipper, a well-known star pattern in the constellation Ursa Major.
Rosetta continues into its full science phase 19 November 2014, 7:18 pm With the Philae lander's mission complete, Rosetta will now continue its own extraordinary exploration, orbiting Comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko during the coming year as the enigmatic body arcs ever closer to our Sun.
Spooky alignment of quasars across billions of light-years 19 November 2014, 2:45 pm New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have revealed alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe. A European research team has found that the rotation axes of the central supermassive black holes in a sample of quasars are parallel to each other over distances of billions of light-years. The team has also found that the rotation axes of these quasars tend to be aligned with the vast structures in the cosmic web in which they reside.
Physicists suggest new way to detect dark matter 18 November 2014, 4:56 pm For years physicists have been looking for the universe's elusive dark matter, but so far no one has seen any trace of it. Maybe we are looking in the wrong place? Now physicists propose a new technique to detect dark matter.