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Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 26.09.2022
Deep space: Massive light burst detected on Earth came from 'infant' Universe
Deep space: Massive light burst detected on Earth came from ’infant’ Universe
Astrophysicists have discovered that a gamma-ray burst detected on earth came from an explosion that occurred when the Universe was only 880 million years old. On September 5, 2021, light from a very energetic gamma-ray burst (GRB) - an immensely energetic explosion that occurred in a distant galaxy - reached our planet.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 20.09.2022
Satellite mission confirms cornerstone of general relativity is unshakeable
Satellite mission confirms cornerstone of general relativity is unshakeable
The MICROSCOPE mission has confirmed the 'equivalence principle' with unprecedented accuracy, bolstering Einstein's general relativity. The result, announced this month by a team led by the French space agency CNES and including an Imperial College London researcher, is a triumph for Einstein's general relativity.

Astronomy / Space Science - 07.09.2022
Massive stars can steal Jupiter-sized planets 
Jupiter-sized planets can be stolen or captured by massive stars in the densely populated stellar nurseries where most stars are born, a new study has found.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 07.09.2022
Birmingham telescope discovers two new temperate rocky worlds
Birmingham telescope discovers two new temperate rocky worlds
An international research team has announced the discovery of two "super-Earth" planets orbiting a star 100 light-years from Earth. The team, which includes astronomers at the University of Birmingham detected the planets orbiting LP 890-9, a small, cool star located about 100 light-years from Earth.

Astronomy / Space Science - 26.08.2022
Team maps moon's surface for NASA missions
Team maps moon’s surface for NASA missions
UCL researchers are helping NASA prepare for its Artemis programme moon missions by creating high-resolution 3D models of potential landing sites. The first phase of NASA's Artemis mission, an uncrewed test flight around the moon, was scheduled to launch this Monday (29 August 2022). The third phase, scheduled for 2025, will see humans land on the moon for the first time in more than 50 years.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 10.08.2022
Researchers scoop £1.75m of funding for quantum physics projects
Researchers scoop £1.75m of funding for quantum physics projects
New funding for quantum science will support researchers exploring dark energy and dark matter, quantum states of sound, and the Universe's constants. Imperial physicists have been awarded five of 17 new grants for quantum technology projects funded by UKRI's Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics programme , from a total pot of £6m.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 21.07.2022
Novel way to 'see' the first stars through the fog of the early Universe
Novel way to ’see’ the first stars through the fog of the early Universe
A team of astronomers has developed a method that will allow them to -see- through the fog of the early Universe and detect light from the first stars and galaxies. The first stars were surrounded by clouds of hydrogen, which absorb light really well, so it's hard to detect or observe the light behind the clouds directly.

Astronomy / Space Science - 15.07.2022
Cyborg collaboration finds 40,000 ring galaxies
Cyborg collaboration finds 40,000 ring galaxies
Human and machine intelligence worked together to find 40,000 ring galaxies, scientists at the National Astronomy Meeting will announce today. Dr Mike Walmsley of The University of Manchester will present the new work, describing how this "cyborg" approach measured the shapes of millions of galaxies.

Astronomy / Space Science - 13.07.2022
New radio astronomy survey peers through cosmic dust to investigate the Milky Way
New radio astronomy survey peers through cosmic dust to investigate the Milky Way
The first results from a mammoth astronomy project aimed at mapping out the origins of our 13.8 billion year old universe have been announced today. An international team of astronomers from around the globe taking part in the project named, COMAP (CO Mapping Array Project) will offer us a new glimpse into this epoch of galaxy assembly, helping to answer questions about what really caused the universe ' s rapid increase in the production of stars.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 13.07.2022
The James Webb Space Telescope releases first full-colour images and data
The James Webb Space Telescope releases first full-colour images and data
On Monday, NASA released the first full-colour image from the James Webb Space Telescope. More images and data followed Tuesday afternoon, which included spectrographic data taken by hardware in part designed and built at UCL.

Astronomy / Space Science - 06.07.2022
World's largest and most sensitive dark matter detector comes to life
World’s largest and most sensitive dark matter detector comes to life
The world's most sensitive dark matter experiment has gathered its first result, moving us a step closer to understanding one of the biggest mysteries of the Universe. It shows the experiment is successfully operating after years of set up by a team involving UCL researchers. The international project "LUX-ZEPLIN Dark Matter Experiment (LZ)" based at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota, US is intricately and innovatively designed to find direct evidence of dark matter - an invisible substance thought to make up most of the mass of the Universe.

Astronomy / Space Science - 01.07.2022
Slow spin of early galaxy observed for the first time
Slow spin of early galaxy observed for the first time
One of the most distant known galaxies, observed in the very earliest years of the Universe, appears to be rotating at less than a quarter of the speed of the Milky Way today, according to a new study involving University of Cambridge researchers. For the study, published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters , an international team of researchers analysed data from a galaxy known as MACS1149-JD1 (JD1), obtained from observations by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an assembly of radio telescopes in Chile.

Astronomy / Space Science - 30.06.2022
Chandra Observatory shows black hole spins slower than its peers
Chandra Observatory shows black hole spins slower than its peers
Astronomers have made a record-breaking measurement of a black hole's spin, one of two fundamental properties of black holes. NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory shows this black hole is spinning slower than most of its smaller cousins. This is the most massive black hole with an accurate spin measurement and gives hints about how some of the universe's biggest black holes grow.

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 30.06.2022
Powerful Tonga volcano eruption triggered atmospheric gravity waves reaching the edge of space
Powerful Tonga volcano eruption triggered atmospheric gravity waves reaching the edge of space
Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha-apai eruption in January was unique in observed science, creating waves that reverberated around Earth, reaching 100km into the ionosphere. The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha-apai submarine volcano on 15 January 2022 was one of the most explosive volcanic events of the modern era, a new study has confirmed.

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 29.06.2022
University of Oxford throws open its doors to prospective students
University of Oxford throws open its doors to prospective students
The eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai on 15 January 2022 created waves that reverberated around the earth and reached 100km into the ionosphere. The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai submarine volcano in January 2022 was one of the most explosive volcanic events of the modern era, a new study has confirmed.

Environment - Astronomy / Space Science - 25.06.2022
Climate damage caused by growing space tourism needs urgent mitigation
Climate damage caused by growing space tourism needs urgent mitigation
A formidable space tourism industry may have a greater climate effect than the aviation industry and undo repair to the protective ozone layer if left unregulated, according to a new study led by UCL. Published today in the journal  Earth's Future , researchers from UCL, the University of Cambridge and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) used a 3D model to explore the impact of rocket launches and re-entry in 2019, and the impact of projected space tourism scenarios based on the recent billionaire space race.

Astronomy / Space Science - 20.06.2022
Astronomers link 64 telescopes to observe the structure of the Universe ahead of the SKAO launch
Astronomers link 64 telescopes to observe the structure of the Universe ahead of the SKAO launch
An international team of astronomers have for the first time combined the power of 64 radio telescope dishes to detect the faint signatures of neutral hydrogen gas across cosmological scales. The feat was achieved using the South African-based MeerKAT telescope, a precursor to the world's largest radio observatory, the SKA Observatory (SKAO), which will probe the Universe in unprecedented detail.

Astronomy / Space Science - 15.06.2022
Galaxies form through mergers
Galaxies form through mergers
Examples of galaxy pairs found in this study - here are examples of detected systems which are within close proximity to each other Credit- C.Mundy C.Conselice et al Astronomers in the UK announce today that have established how galaxies like our own Milky Way formed over 10 billion years of cosmic time through an abundance of separate galaxies colliding together.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 14.06.2022
No signs (yet) of life on Venus
No signs (yet) of life on Venus
The unusual behaviour of sulphur in Venus- atmosphere cannot be explained by an -aerial- form of extra-terrestrial life, according to a new study. Even if -our- Venus is dead, it-s possible that Venus-like planets in other systems could host life Paul Rimmer Researchers from the University of Cambridge used a combination of biochemistry and atmospheric chemistry to test the -life in the clouds- hypothesis, which astronomers have speculated about for decades, and found that life cannot explain the composition of the Venusian atmosphere.

Astronomy / Space Science - Chemistry - 13.06.2022
Largest chemical map of the Milky Way unveiled
Largest chemical map of the Milky Way unveiled
The European Space Agency's Gaia mission involving UCL researchers has released a new treasure trove of data about our home galaxy, including the largest chemical map ever produced and the full 3D motions of 35 million stars. Gaia is ESA's mission to create the most accurate and complete multi-dimensional map of the Milky Way.
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