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December 06, 2017
TIME AND SPACE
Gemini: Supermassive Black Hole Is Ahead of Its Time



Hilo HI (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The discovery of an extremely distant supermassive black hole, with a mass some 800 million times that of our Sun, is causing astronomers to re-think our understanding of the early cosmos. Researchers report that this is the most distant giant black hole ever detected, and at this distance, our universe was only about 5% of its current age, or about 690 million years after the Big Bang. "Gathering all this mass in under 690 million years is an enormous challenge for theories of supermassive black ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Massive primordial galaxies found swimming in vast ocean of dark matter
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Astronomers expect that the first galaxies, those that formed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, would share many similarities with some of the dwarf galaxies we see in the nearby ... more
TIME AND SPACE
The Most Distant Black Hole in the Cosmos
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Astronomers have discovered the most distant quasar known, which is so far from us that its light has taken more than 13 billion years to reach us. We see this quasar as it was a mere 690 million ye ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Puzzling Supermassive Black Hole Observed in Infant Universe
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
A team of astronomers, including two from MIT, has detected the most distant supermassive black hole ever observed. The black hole sits in the center of an ultrabright quasar, the light of which was ... more
TIME AND SPACE
A Black Hole Behemoth at the Edge of Cosmic Dawn
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Supermassive black holes lurk at the centers of many galaxies. While some supermassive black holes - like the one at the center of our own galaxy - live quiet lives, occasionally snacking on a star ... more
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IRON AND ICE
B612 Asteroid Institute provides valuable analysis to discovery of First Interstellar Object
San Francisco CA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Within days of the announcement by NASA's Minor Planet Center of the discovery of the first-ever interstellar object, 'Oumuamua, B612's new Asteroid Institute began a collaborative effort that led t ... more
EXO WORLDS
First Light for Next Generation Planet Hunter ESPRESSO
Garching, Germany (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO) has successfully made its first observations. Installed on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, ES ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Research bolsters possibility of plate tectonics on Europa
Providence RI (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
A Brown University study provides new evidence that the icy shell of Jupiter's moon Europa may have plate tectonics similar to those on Earth. The presence of plate tectonic activity could have impo ... more
EXO WORLDS
An Orbital Dance May Help Preserve Oceans on Icy Worlds
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 05, 2017
Heat generated by the gravitational pull of moons formed from massive collisions could extend the lifetimes of liquid water oceans beneath the surface of large icy worlds in our outer solar system, ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Astronomer's map reveals location of mysterious fast-moving gas
Perth, Australia (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
An Australian scientist has created the most detailed map ever of clouds of high-velocity gas in the Universe around us. The map covers the entire sky and shows curious clouds of neutral hydro ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
The Voyagers in Popular Culture
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 05, 2017
Whether you're traveling across cities, continents or even oceans this holiday season, there is no long-haul flight quite like that of the Voyagers. This year, we celebrated 40 years since the ... more


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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Chinese satellite closes in on dark matter mystery
Beijing (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Scientists have detected cosmic ray energy readings that could bring them closer to proving the existence of dark matter, a mysterious substance believed to comprise a quarter of our universe, a study said Thursday. ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Gravitational waves could shed light on the origin of black holes
Providence RI (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
A new study published in Physical Review Letters outlines how scientists could use gravitational wave experiments to test the existence of primordial black holes, gravity wells formed just moments a ... more
EXO WORLDS
The answer to planetary habitability is blowing in the stellar wind
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Is there life beyond Earth in the cosmos? Astronomers looking for signs have found that our Milky Way galaxy teems with exoplanets, some with conditions that could be right for extraterrestrial life ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Key component for quantum computing invented
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 01, 2017
A team at the University of Sydney and Microsoft, in collaboration with Stanford University in the US, has miniaturised a component that is essential for the scale-up of quantum computing. The work ... more



Jupiter Blues
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 04, 2017
The Juno spacecraft captured this image when the spacecraft was only 11,747 miles (18,906 kilometers) from the tops of Jupiter's clouds - that's roughly as far as the distance between New York City and Perth, Australia. The color-enhanced image, which captures a cloud system in Jupiter's northern hemisphere, was taken on Oct. 24, 2017 at 10:24 a.m. PDT (1:24 p.m. EDT) when Juno was at a la ... more
Providence RI (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Research bolsters possibility of plate tectonics on Europa
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Pluto's hydrocarbon haze keeps dwarf planet colder than expected
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Jupiter's Stunning Southern Hemisphere
First Light for Next Generation Planet Hunter ESPRESSO
Garching, Germany (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO) has successfully made its first observations. Installed on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, ESPRESSO will search for exoplanets with unprecedented precision by looking at the minuscule changes in the light of their host stars. For the first time ever, an instrument will be able to sum up ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 05, 2017
An Orbital Dance May Help Preserve Oceans on Icy Worlds
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
The answer to planetary habitability is blowing in the stellar wind
Miami (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Scallops have 200 eyes, which function like a telescope: study
Brown: Clay on Mars May Have Formed in Primordial Steam Bath
Providence RI (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Planetary scientists from Brown University have proposed a new scenario for the formation of ancient clay minerals on Mars that, if shown to be true, could rewrite the early history of the red planet. There are thousands of ancient phyllosilicate outcrops on the Martian surface. Phyllosilicates, or clays, are formed by the interaction of water with volcanic rock, leading many scientists to ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 04, 2017
EU exempts fuel for ExoMars mission from Russian sanctions
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 04, 2017
Winter wanderings put Opportunity at 28 Miles on the odometer
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
Opportunity Greets Winter Solstice
December's 'supermoon' expected to be bigggest, brightest of 2017
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
The 'supermoon' set for next week is expected to be the brightest of the year as the moon's orbit will be at its closest point to the earth. Public astronomer Dr. Marek Kukula at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Britain, told AGN News a supermoon is when"a full moon happens to occur when the moon is also at its closest point" to the earth and appears brighter and bigger than usual. ... more
Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) Nov 27, 2017
Japan signals growing support for Deep Space Gateway concept
Austin TX (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Moon's crust underwent resurfacing after forming from magma ocean
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 15, 2017
Russia tests new spaceship set to deliver people, cargo to moon
How hardy is the Webb Telescope
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Just how resilient does a space telescope have to be to survive both Earth's environment and the frigid, airless environment of space? Paul Geithner, the deputy project manager - technical for James Webb Space Telescope at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, answered some questions about the design challenges of building the telescope and the gauntlet of tests it has endur ... more
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Massive primordial galaxies found swimming in vast ocean of dark matter
Beijing (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Chinese satellite closes in on dark matter mystery
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Webb Telescope emerges from Chamber A at JSC
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Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus
Paris (ESA) Dec 06, 2017
Launched on 13 October, the Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution. Even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed as exceptional and show how this latest Copernicus satellite is set to take the task of monitoring air quality into a new era. This new mission promises to image air pollutants in more detail t ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Haze pollution affects satellite cloud detection
Paris (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
French NGO helps African mums shake off AIDS stigma
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
OGC seeks public comment on CDB Multi-spectral Imagery Extension
B612 Asteroid Institute provides valuable analysis to discovery of First Interstellar Object
San Francisco CA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Within days of the announcement by NASA's Minor Planet Center of the discovery of the first-ever interstellar object, 'Oumuamua, B612's new Asteroid Institute began a collaborative effort that led to significant analysis about the discovery. Bryce Bolin, a senior researcher at the Asteroid Institute as well as a DIRAC Institute Fellow, was the lead author on the study measuring 1I/'Oumuamu ... more
Stirling UK (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Metal asteroid Psyche is all set for an early visit from NASA
Paris (ESA) Nov 30, 2017
Selected asteroids detected by GAIA between August 2014 And May 2016
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
NASA telescope studies quirky comet 45P
All missions on board for NASA heliophysics research
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Scientists have been studying the near-Earth environment for the better part of a century, but many mysteries - like where the energetic particles that pervade the area originate and become energized - still remain. In a new type of collaborative study, scientists combined data from 16 separate NASA and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) spacecraft to understand how a particle phenomeno ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
New NASA instrument continues measuring solar energy input to Earth
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Solar minimum surprisingly constant
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
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How hardy is the Webb Telescope
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Just how resilient does a space telescope have to be to survive both Earth's environment and the frigid, airless environment of space? Paul Geithner, the deputy project manager - technical for James Webb Space Telescope at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, answered some questions about the design challenges of building the telescope and the gauntlet of tests it has endur ... more
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Massive primordial galaxies found swimming in vast ocean of dark matter
Beijing (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Chinese satellite closes in on dark matter mystery
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Webb Telescope emerges from Chamber A at JSC
Trump removes protection for swaths of Utah parks
Salt Lake City, United States (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
US President Donald Trump slashed the size of two Utah conservation areas Monday, the first such large-scale reversal in more than 100 years. Trump traveled to Salt Lake City to announce that he was cutting 85 percent of the vast Bears Ears National Monument and around 45 percent of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Trump painted the decision as giving government-held land ... more
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Chimp females who leave home postpone parenthood
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Long-term logging study demonstrates impacts on chimpanzees and gorillas
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
What grosses out a chimpanzee?
Aerospace and Mitchell Institute release new report on policy needs for space operations
El Segundo CA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The Aerospace Corporation's Center for Space Policy and Strategy (CSPS) and the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute have released the results of a wide-ranging survey highlighting the perceptions and recommendations of more than 30 experts on major areas of concern within the U.S. space enterprise. The report, Major Policy Issues in Evolving Global Space Operations, takes a multi-fa ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 05, 2017
The Voyagers in Popular Culture
Washington (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
NASA successfully fires Voyager 1 thrusters after 37 years
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
NASA Extends Expandable Habitat's Time on the International Space Station
Arctic, major fishing nations agree no fishing in Arctic, for now
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Arctic and major fishing nations, including China, announced Friday that they have agreed to a moratorium on commercial fishing in Arctic waters before a fishery in the icy region is even feasible. The far north is warming at nearly twice the global average rate, causing changes in the size and distribution of fish stocks that may become more attractive to fishers in the medium to long term. ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Antarctic Selfie's Journey to Space via Disruption Tolerant Networking
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Antarctic landscape insights keep ice loss forecasts on the radar
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Operation IceBridge 2017: The Beauty of Ice
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Seagrass is a key fishing ground globally
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
New research demonstrates that seagrass meadows are important fishing grounds all around the globe. The work highlights that there is an urgent need to start appreciating and understanding this role to be able to build more sustainable fisheries. A study led by Dr Lina Mtwana Nordlund at Stockholm University, published in the scientific journal Fish and Fisheries, examines the global extent to w ... more
Watamu, Kenya (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Sea turtles' sad fate: from restaurant menus to plastic 'soup'
St. Louis MO (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Sharks evolved aircraft-like attributes to suit habitats
Seattle WA (SPX) Dec 01, 2017
There's a deeper fish in the sea
Researchers measure magnetic moment with greatest possible precision
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The magnetic moment of an individual proton is inconceivably small, but can still be quantified. The basis for undertaking this measurement was laid over ten years ago, and physicists of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, GSI Darmstadt, and the RIKEN research institute in Japan are still performing experiments to measure this force with a sin ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Physicists make most precise measurement ever of a proton's magnetic moment
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
Listening for gravitational waves using pulsars
New York NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Gravity waves from merging supermassive black holes will be found soon
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