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Re-Making Planets after Star-Death
Astronomers Dr Jane Greaves, of the University of Cardiff, and Dr Wayne Holland, of the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh, may have found an answer to the 25-year-old mystery of how planets form in the aftermath of a supernova explosion. The two researchers will present their work on Thursday 6 July at the National... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 10:39
Published on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 23:01
 
Adventures in acoustic cosmology
A project that explores whether there is a musical equivalent to the curvature of spacetime will be presented on Thursday 6 July by Gavin Starks at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull. Optical Hubble Space Telescope image of the Antennae Galaxies overlaid with a radio-image taken by ALMA. In the... More
Last updated on Thursday, 06 July 2017 11:06
Published on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 23:01
 
First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation
Swirling motions in clouds of cold, dense gas have given, for the first time, an active insight into how gravity creates the compact cores from which stars form in the interstellar medium. The results will be presented today, Thursday 6 July, by Gwen Williams at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of... More
Last updated on Thursday, 06 July 2017 08:55
Published on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 23:01
 
Fastest stars in the Milky Way are ‘runaways’ from another galaxy
A group of astronomers have shown that the fastest-moving stars in our galaxy – which are travelling so fast that they can escape the Milky Way – are in fact runaways from a much smaller galaxy in orbit around our own.   The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 11:20
Published on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 23:01
 
"Little Cub" gives astronomers rare chance to see galaxy demise
A primitive galaxy that could provide clues about the early Universe has been spotted by astronomers as it begins to be consumed by a gigantic neighbouring galaxy. The Little Cub galaxy – so called because it sits in the Ursa Major or Great Bear constellation – is being stripped of the gas needed to continue forming... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:51
Published on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 10:12
 
Shocking case of indigestion in supermassive black hole
A multi-wavelength study of a pair of colliding galaxies has revealed the cause of a supermassive black hole's case of 'indigestion'. Results will be presented by Dr Hayden Rampadarath at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull.   Once every couple of hundred million years, the small galaxy NGC 5195... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 13:21
Published on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 09:58
 
Surprise methanol detection points to an evolving story of Enceladus’s plumes
A serendipitous detection of the organic molecule methanol around an intriguing moon of Saturn suggests that material spewed from Enceladus undertakes a complex chemical journey once vented into space. This is the first time that a molecule from Enceladus has been detected with a ground-based telescope. Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder,... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:18
Published on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 08:17
 
Musical Sun reduces range of magnetic activity
A study of the Sun using sound waves suggests that the layer in which the significant magnetic activity is located has grown thinner in recent years. Prof Yvonne Elsworth will present results at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull on Tuesday 4 July. Image of the sun in 171 angstrom as seen by NASA's SDO on... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 11:55
Published on Monday, 03 July 2017 23:01
 
Shining a light on solar energetic particles and jets
A team of astronomers, led by PhD researcher Malcolm Druett of Northumbria University at Newcastle, have taken a big step forward in understanding a 30-year-old mystery in the process of formation of solar flares. Druett will present their work on Monday 3 July at the National Astronomy Meeting in Hull, and the research appears... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:03
Published on Monday, 03 July 2017 16:28
 
Under pressure - extreme atmosphere stripping may limit exoplanets’ habitability
New models of massive stellar eruptions hint at an extra layer of complexity when considering whether an exoplanet may be habitable or not. Models developed for our own Sun have now been applied to cool stars favoured by exoplanet hunters, in research presented by Dr Christina Kay, of the NASA Goddard Flight Center, on Monday... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 11:58
Published on Monday, 03 July 2017 14:52