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Researchers obtain most accurate measurement of cosmic microwave polarization Researchers obtain most accurate measurement of cosmic microwave polarization

A team of 70 cosmologists operating under the name POLARBEAR has obtained the most accurate measurement yet of cosmic microwave polarization through use of a telescope in Chile's Atacama desert...

Exoplanet is first ‘ice giant’ found outside our solar system Exoplanet is first ‘ice giant’ found outside our solar system

According to an Ohio State University (OSU) statement, a team led by OSU researcher Radek Poleski has discovered the first exoplanet that resembles the planet Uranus in our own solar system...

Researchers create detailed longitude and altitude map of exoplanet Researchers create detailed longitude and altitude map of exoplanet

According to a recent NASA statement, observations from the Hubble Space Telescope have been utilized in order to build a temperature map of an exoplanet...

NASA telescope detects brightest supernova almost 12 million miles away NASA telescope detects brightest supernova almost 12 million miles away

Astronomers using NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) to observe a supernova recently discovered a pulsar much brighter than any detected to date...

New habitable planet forming every year: ASTRON New habitable planet forming every year: ASTRON

The latest data from NASA's Kepler mission and several other missions searching for planets orbiting stars other than our Sun indicate the Milky Way galaxy could be home to as many as 40 billion planets capable of hosting life as we know it, according to a new study...

In debate, Harvard scientists argue that Pluto should be reconsidered a planet In debate, Harvard scientists argue that Pluto should be reconsidered a planet

In 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) established their official definition of what a planet is. The criteria that the group established included the following: the celestial body in question must orbit the Sun, it must be round or nearly so, and it must have cleared other objects from its orbit...

Water vapor detected on Neptune-sized exoplanet Water vapor detected on Neptune-sized exoplanet

According to a NASA statement, a team led by Jonathan Fraine of the University of Maryland, College Park, has found evidence of water vapor on an exoplanet orbiting a star 120 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus...

Audience at Harvard forum vote Pluto a planet Audience at Harvard forum vote Pluto a planet

An open forum addressing the still unresolved question of "what is a planet" held at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics on September 18 ended with audience members voting overwhelmingly in favor of planet status for Pluto...

Cosmologist proposes alternative to gravitational wave theory of universe Cosmologist proposes alternative to gravitational wave theory of universe

Neil Turok, a cosmologist at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, is not surprised that data from the BICEP2 telescope, initially thought to confirm the theory of cosmic inflation, was likely contaminated by galactic dust...

Density map of Milky Way shows 219 million stars Density map of Milky Way shows 219 million stars

The disk of the Milky Way, a region which is the densest in our galaxy, extends over 100,000 light-years. So populated with stars, gas, and dust is the disk that the naked human eye is unable to discern individual objects...