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Antlia 2 is slightly larger than the Large Magellanic Cloud and is almost 1/3 of the Milky Way itself. (Image: V. Belokurov and A. Smith (Cambridge, UK and CCA, New York, US) based on the images by Marcus and Gail Davies and Robert Gendler)

Gaia Spots a ‘Ghost’ Galaxy

An international team of astronomers, including from the University of Cambridge, discovered the massive object when trawling through data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite. The object, named Antlia 2 (or Ant 2), has avoided detection until now thanks…

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X-ray Pulse Detected Near Event Horizon

On Nov. 22, 2014, astronomers spotted a rare event in the night sky: A supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy, nearly 300 million light-years from Earth, ripping…

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Citizen Scientists Find New World With NASA Telescope

Using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, citizen scientists have discovered a planet roughly twice the size of Earth located within its star’s habitable zone, the range of orbital distances where…

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Gaia Spots a ‘Ghost’ Galaxy

An international team of astronomers, including from the University of Cambridge, discovered the massive object when trawling through data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite. The object, named Antlia…

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Brain Changes Found in Self-Injuring Teen Girls

The brains of teenage girls who engage in serious forms of self-harm, including cutting, show features similar to those seen in adults with borderline personality disorder, a severe and hard-to-treat…

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Scientists Have Captured the Sound of a Sunrise on Mars

Scientists have created the soundtrack of the 5,000th Mars sunrise captured by the robotic exploration rover Opportunity, using data sonification techniques to create a 2-minute piece of music. Researchers created…

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Mars Moon Got Its Grooves From Rolling Stones

A new study bolsters the idea that strange grooves crisscrossing the surface of the Martian moon Phobos were made by rolling boulders blasted free from an ancient asteroid impact. The…