Daring Chinese telescope is poised to transform astronomy
Nature 537, 7622 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/537593a
Author: David Cyranoski
Construction of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) is complete, but debugging has only just begun.
Dark matter: What's the matter?
Author: Jeff Hecht
The leading theory of dark matter is running out of room to hide.
Dark energy: Staring into darkness
Author: Stephen Battersby
The path to understanding dark energy begins with a single question: has it always been the same throughout the history of the Universe?
Astronomy: Early star-forming gas found
Nature 537, 7622 (2016). doi:10.1038/537589c
Astronomers have identified distant gas-rich galaxies that probably caused the Universe's rate of star formation to peak some 10 billion years ago.Several teams used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile to probe a well-studied patch of sky called the 'Hubble Ultra
Two is company, but three might not always be a crowd, at least in space. When astronomers found an extrasolar planet orbiting a neighboring star, a detailed analysis of the data uncovered a third body. But astronomers couldn't definitively identify whether the object was another planet or another star in the system.
New findings from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show suspected water plumes erupting from Jupiter's icy moon Europa. These observations bolster earlier Hubble work suggesting that Europa is venting water vapor. A team of astronomers, led by William Sparks of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, observed these finger-like projections while viewing Europa's limb as the moon passed in front of Jupiter. The team was inspired to use this observing method by studies of atmospheres of planets orbiting other stars.
Exoplanets: Migration of giants
Nature 537, 7621 (2016). doi:10.1038/nature19430
Authors: Amaury Triaud
The origin of hot Jupiters, large gaseous planets in close orbits around stars, is unknown. Observations suggest that such planets are abundant in stellar clusters, and can result from encounters with other celestial bodies.
Detailed map shows Milky Way is bigger than we thought
Nature 537, 7621 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/nature.2016.20591
Author: Davide Castelvecchi
First results from Gaia probe also seem to solve old controversy over Pleiades cluster.