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Doing a deep dive into the dusty Milky Way

An animated journey through the dusty Milky Way reveals the outlines of our galaxy taking shape as we look outward from Earth. Astronomers have created an animation to model dust in the Milky Way using new data from an interactive tool that uses data from...

Statistical analysis of radio-flaring brown dwarf population

Brown dwarfs are referred to as "failed stars" because they lack central hydrogen burning. They serve as a link between planets and stars. Some brown dwarfs have been discovered to have kilogauss magnetic fields and flare radio emissions, similar to aurora on magnetised planets...

4 buildings at the observatory in Arizona lost in a wildfire

A wildfire destroyed four non-scientific buildings at the Kitt Peak National Observatory southwest of Tucson, but early indications show that other buildings on the property were not damaged, authorities said Saturday. Buell T. Jannuzi, chair of the Department of Astronomy at the University of...

NASA spacecraft observes asteroid Bennu’s boulder ‘body armor’

According to observations of craters by NASA's OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft, the boulder-covered surface of asteroid Bennu protects it from small meteoroid impacts. "These observations provide new insight into how asteroids like Bennu respond to energetic impacts," said Edward (Beau)...

A weird star produced the fastest nova on record

Astronomers are buzzing after witnessing the world's fastest nova. The unusual occurrence drew the attention of scientists to an even more unusual star. They may discover answers not only to the nova's many puzzling characteristics, but also to larger questions about the chemistry of...

Using the AstroSat spacecraft astronomers have inspected a galactic globular cluster known as NGC 5053

Indian astronomers examined NGC 5053, a galactic globular cluster, using the AstroSat satellite. The findings of the study, which were published on the arXiv pre-print portal on May 27, shed light on the star population of this cluster. Globular clusters (GCs) are clumps of stars...