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Secret Life of Lithium in Sun-like Stars: Created, Not Just Destroyed

Lithium is becoming common in our everyday lives. It is the key ingredient in the batteries of our mobile phones and electric vehicles, but have you ever wondered where it comes from? A new study that was published in Nature Astronomy and was led by Prof. ZHAO Gang and Dr. Yerra Bharat Kumar from the ...

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The Milky Way Galaxy.

Hubble Makes Surprising Find in the Early Universe

New results from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope suggest the formation of the first stars and galaxies in the early Universe took place sooner than previously thought. A European team of astronomers has found no evidence of the first generation of stars, known as Population III stars, as far back as when the Universe was ...

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The early universe.

China’s Survey Telescope Due to Be Built by 2022

Chinese scientists are building the world’s most powerful widefield survey telescope of its class in the northern hemisphere near the “Mars Camp” in Qinghai Province. Construction of the telescope is due to be completed by 2022 and it will begin surveying the night sky around 2023. Scientists hope its panoramic view will lead to new ...

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The Wide Field Survey Telescope.

Hubble Finds Best Evidence for Elusive Mid-Sized Black Hole

Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as “intermediate-mass,” which betrayed its existence by tearing apart a wayward star that passed too close. Weighing in at about 50,000 times the mass of our Sun, the black hole is smaller than the ...

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A star being shredded by a black hole.

ESO Telescope Sees Surface of Dim Betelgeuse

Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have captured the unprecedented dimming of Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star in the constellation of Orion. The stunning new images of the star’s surface show not only the fading red supergiant, but also how its apparent shape is changing. Betelgeuse has been a beacon in the night sky ...

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The dimming of Betelgeuse.

NSF’s Newest Solar Telescope Produces First Images

Just released first images from the National Science Foundation’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope reveal unprecedented detail of the Sun’s surface and preview the world-class products to come from this preeminent 4-meter solar telescope. NSF’s Inouye Solar Telescope, on the summit of Haleakala, Maui, in Hawai‘i, will enable a new era of solar science and ...

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A red sunset over the ocean.

Gamma-Ray Bursts With Record Energy Detected

The strongest explosions in the universe produce even more energetic radiation than previously known: Using specialized telescopes, two international teams have registered the highest energy gamma-ray bursts ever measured from so-called gamma-ray bursts, reaching about 100 billion times as much energy as visible light. The scientists of the H.E.S.S. and MAGIC telescopes present their observations ...

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The explosion of a super-massive star.

Aussie Telescope Almost Doubles Number of Mysterious ‘Fast Radio Bursts’

Australian researchers using a CSIRO radio telescope in Western Australia have nearly doubled the known number of “fast radio bursts” —  powerful flashes of radio waves from deep space. The team’s discoveries include the closest and brightest fast radio bursts ever detected. Fast radio bursts come from all over the sky and last for just ...

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Australian SKA Pathfinder with the Milky Way overhead.

More Mystery Objects Found Near Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

Astronomers have discovered several bizarre objects at the Galactic Center near the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole that are concealing their true identity behind a smokescreen of dust; they look like gas clouds, but behave like stars. At the American Astronomical Society Meeting in Denver, a team of researchers, led by UCLA Postdoctoral Scholar Anna ...

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The Milky Way's supermassive black hole.