The VLT Observatory spotted a particular pair of supermassive black holes

The pair of supermassive black holes in the galaxy NGC 7727 in the constellation of Aquarius is about 89 million light-years from Earth. It may seem far away, but on a cosmic scale it is not – especially as this result quite significantly beats the existing record for the closest arrangement of such objects to … Read more

A tiny black hole “caught” in a star cluster outside the Milky Way

The newly found black hole was identified in the NGC 1850 cluster, composed of thousands of stars and almost 160,000 light-years away from the solar system (located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy adjacent to the Milky Way). “We are looking at every single star in this cluster […]by trying to find evidence for … Read more

A record distant star forming galaxy showing the presence of fluoride

“We all know about fluoride because it is in the form of fluoride in toothpaste used daily,” notes Maximilien Franco of the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, who led a new study published in Nature Astronomy. Like most of the elements around, fluorine is made inside stars, but it has not been known exactly … Read more

SolAero Technologies to Power NASA’s Lucy Mission | National News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Oct. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — SolAero Technologies Corp. (SolAero), a leading provider of high efficiency solar cells, solar panels, and composite structural products for satellite and aerospace applications, populated Northrop Grumman Space Systems’ (NGSS’) UltraFlex© solar arrays with its patented ZTJ solar cell technology to power NASA’s Lucy Mission. Powered by SolAero’s high-efficiency, triple-junction … Read more

A mysterious signal from the center of the Milky Way

With the great advances of radio astronomy, a wide field of study of cosmic objects and phenomena that send out radio waves – pulsars, supernovae, or starbursts (including gamma-ray bursts) has developed. Many types of cosmic bodies emit electromagnetic waves of very different lengths, researchers at the University of Sydney remind. Nevertheless, the observations recently … Read more

Lectures by Nobel Prize winners at the Polish Astronomy Conference. Video recording from PTA

Recently, the 40th Congress of the Polish Astronomical Society has ended – combined with a scientific conference, which provided a broad overview of current issues and astronomical research conducted in Poland and around the world. Among the invited lecturers there were, among others Nobel laureates in the fields of science. Currently, the Polish Astronomical Society … Read more

Manned space travel: SpaceX successfully sends two people into space

Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley did it: On Saturday evening at 9:22 p.m. (CEST), the US space travelers took off with a Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral spaceport and the separated first rocket stage landed on a transport ship in the ocean as planned. The astronauts will now travel to the International Space … Read more

Start of the first Polish astrobiology conference – Life and Space 2021

The L&S 2021 conference is the first such large event devoted to astrobiology in Poland. The organizers’ goal is to create a space for thematic discussion and promotion of research by Polish astrobiologists, as well as the integration of the local astrobiological community with representatives of this discipline from around the world. The event is … Read more

Thanks to UCLA graduate student, a lunar honor for explorer Matthew Henson

Thanks to a UCLA graduate student, a crater on the moon is now named for the famed Arctic explorer Matthew Henson. In 1909, Henson, a Black man, became one of the first people in recorded history to stand at the North Pole. The naming honor was bestowed by the International Astronomical Union. But it was Jordan … Read more

Astronomical fall 2021. A look into the night sky

The calendar autumn always begins on September 23, but in the case of the precise moments of the astronomical seasons of the year, a certain variability is observed, depending on the time of the Sun’s ascending zenith over the equator or tropics. In the case of autumn (and similarly spring), it is a lofting over … Read more