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Mystery of dwarf galaxy could be ejected black hole

19 November 2014

Mystery of dwarf galaxy could be ejected black hole Astronomers have observed a mysterious phenomenon, which could be a massive black hole that has been ejected into space in connection with two galaxies colliding. This may be due to gravitational waves from the collision.

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New Danish telescope for researching stars and Earth-like exoplanets

21 October 2014

New Danish telescope for researching stars and Earth-like exoplanets The first telescope in the Danish led telescope network will be officially opened on 25 October, 2014 on Tenerife. This will launch a worldwide stellar research project that will bring us even closer to the stars and closer to finding earth-like

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Comet headed for Mars

17 October 2014

Comet headed for MarsOn Sunday evening, 19 October 2014 at 20:30, a comet will come closer to colliding with Mars than we have ever seen. When the comet, Siding Spring, was discovered in January 2013 it initially appeared that it might be on a direct collision

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NBI researchers part of new NASA Mars mission

08 August 2014

NBI researchers part of new NASA Mars mission Has there been life on Mars? – and when a manned mission is ever sent to Mars, how will the astronauts get oxygen to breathe when they are out there? That is what the next mission, Mars-2020, will try to find out

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Cosmic grains of dust formed in supernova explosion

09 July 2014

Cosmic grains of dust formed in supernova explosion New research from the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University shows that not only can grains of dust form in gigantic supernova explosions, they can also survive the subsequent shockwaves they are

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New insights into gamma-ray Burst afterglows

30 April 2014

New insights into gamma-ray Burst afterglowsGamma-ray bursts are powerful bursts of gamma radiation in connection with the explosive death of massive stars. The bursts themselves are short lived – typically less than a few minutes, but is followed by an afterglow that can be

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Cosmic collision creates mini-planet with rings

26 March 2014

Cosmic collision creates mini-planet with rings Until now, rings of material in a disc have only been observed around giant planets like Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and especially Saturn, which is known for its spectacular rings. Now astronomers from NBI, have observed the first

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Stream of stars in Andromeda satellite galaxy shows cosmic collision

23 February 2014

Stream of stars in Andromeda satellite galaxy shows cosmic collisionThe Andromeda Galaxy is surrounded by a swarm of small satellite galaxies. Researchers from NBI, among others, have detected a stream of stars in one of the Galaxy’s outer satellite galaxies, called Andromeda II.

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First images of star cluster from the Gaia Satellite

07 February 2014

First images of star cluster from the Gaia SatelliteThe Gaia Satellite has already sent its first images down to Earth approximately 40 days after its launch on the 19th of December. They show a dense collection of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud at a distance of 170,000 light years.

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Early galaxies grew massive through collisions

29 January 2014

Early galaxies grew massive through collisions New research from the Niels Bohr Institute shows that massive galaxies were formed by explosive star formation that was set in motion by the collision of galaxies a few billion years after the Big Bang

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