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Astronomy News

NASA Begins Testing of New Spectrograph on Agency's Airborne Observatory

3 June 2014 - 3:51pm
Astronomers are eagerly waiting to begin use of a new instrument to study celestial objects: a high-resolution, mid-infrared spectrograph mounted on NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), the world's largest flying telescope.

Fireball meteors emit unique radio wave signals

3 June 2014 - 3:37pm
After 50 years of trying, physicists have tuned into the radio waves given off by fireballs streaking through Earth's atmosphere






Big Bang finding challenged

3 June 2014 - 1:00am

Big Bang finding challenged

Nature 510, 7503 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/510020a

Author: Ron Cowan

Signal of gravitational waves was too weak to be significant, studies suggest.

Big Bang blunder bursts the multiverse bubble

3 June 2014 - 1:00am

Big Bang blunder bursts the multiverse bubble

Nature 510, 7503 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/510009a

Author: Paul Steinhardt

Premature hype over gravitational waves highlights gaping holes in models for the origins and evolution of the Universe, argues Paul Steinhardt.

Impossibly heavy planet is the first 'mega-Earth'

2 June 2014 - 6:40pm
Twice the size of Earth and with 17 times our planet's mass, Kepler-10c is so unusual that it has been placed in a brand new class of exoplanet






'Godzilla of Earths' identified

2 June 2014 - 6:17pm
There is a new class of planet out there that astronomers are calling the "mega-Earth".