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Oxymoronic Black Hole Provides Clues to Growth

Astronomy News - 12 August 2015 - 9:50am
Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the 6.5-meter Clay Telescope in Chile have identified the smallest supermassive black hole ever detected in the center of a galaxy. This oxymoronic object could provide clues to how larger black holes formed along with their host galaxies 13 billion years or more in the past.

VIDEO: Top tips to view a meteor shower

Astronomy News - 12 August 2015 - 9:19am

Skywatchers are in for a dazzling display as the annual Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak on Wednesday.

Charting the Slow Death of the Universe

Astronomy News - 11 August 2015 - 9:16am
An international team of astronomers studying more than 200 000 galaxies has measured the energy generated within a large portion of space more precisely than ever before. This represents the most comprehensive assessment of the energy output of the nearby Universe. They confirm that the energy produced in a section of the Universe today is only about half what it was two billion years ago and find that this fading is occurring across all wavelengths from the ultraviolet to the far infrared. The Universe is slowly dying.

A Good Year for Perseid Meteors

Astronomy News - 11 August 2015 - 9:15am
This week, Earth passes through a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Forecasters say the show could be especially good this year because the Moon is nearly new when the shower peaks on Aug. 12-13.

Meteor light show set to dazzle

Astronomy News - 11 August 2015 - 9:07am

The annual Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak late on Wednesday, though weather is likely to spoil the party across southern England.

Survey puts figure on fading cosmos

Astronomy News - 11 August 2015 - 9:07am
A survey examining 200,000 galaxies in multiple wavelengths offers the best estimate yet of how fast the Universe is fading.

Kepler sees hints of asteroids pursuing planets near other stars

Astronomy News - 10 August 2015 - 9:30am

Asteroids called Trojans sit in gravitational wells around planets in our solar system – now data from the Kepler spacecraft suggests it happens elsewhere too

Neutrinos from inside Earth and deep space illuminate the cosmos

Astronomy News - 10 August 2015 - 9:29am
A batch of ghostly, chargeless particles have been caught coming from inside Earth and from deep space