Universe

Most planets in the Universe are orphans without parent stars

Most planets in the Universe are orphans without parent stars

Here in the Solar System, we can watch our star’s eight planets orbit with confidence, knowing full well that we’ve discovered at least the majority of round, orbit-clearing worlds around our Sun. But there’s a 4.5 billion year history that we can’t fully know from our vantage point today. All we can be certain of …

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The Universe Could 'Bounce' For Eternity. But It Still Had to Start Somewhere

The Universe Could ‘Bounce’ For Eternity. But It Still Had to Start Somewhere

From the smallest bacterium to the greatest galaxy, death looms on the horizon; even if, in cosmic terms, the time scales are too large for us to truly comprehend. Eventually, even the Universe itself should come to an end – when the last light winks out, and the cold, dense lumps of dead stars are …

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Astronomers Say They've Found The Most Distant Galaxy Ever Observed

Astronomers Say They’ve Found The Most Distant Galaxy Ever Observed

It’s a record that has been broken multiple times over the past two years alone, and one that we expect to see broken again soon. Astronomers using the newly operational James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have announced the discovery of what appears to be the most distant galaxy yet.   If this sounds familiar, it’s …

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Neutrino Factories in Deep Outer Space: Elementary Particles From the Depths of Our Universe

Neutrino Factories in Deep Outer Space: Elementary Particles From the Depths of Our Universe

Beginning a Journey Across the Universe: The Discovery of Extragalactic Neutrino Factories. Credit: © Benjamin Amend For the first time, researchers reveal the origin of neutrinos, elementary particles that reach our planet from the depths of the Universe. Highly energetic and difficult to detect, neutrinos travel billions of light years before reaching Earth. Although it …

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