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A sanitizer in the galactic center region

An international team led by Arnaud Belloche (MPIfR, Bonn, Germany) reports the discovery of iso-propanol in interstellar space, a substance used as a sanitizer on Earth. Iso-propanol is the largest alcohol discovered thus far, demonstrating the increasing complexity of members of one of the...

The largest asteroid to approach Earth in 2022 will zoom past our planet this week

A "potentially hazardous" asteroid measuring more than a mile long will zoom past Earth this week. This is the largest asteroid expected to get relatively close to our planet in 2022. The name of the asteroid is 1989 JA. It is estimated to be...

Progress made in construction of Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope

An enormous hole 22 meters in diameter has been dug near the summit of Cerro Chajnantor in Chile's the Atacama Desert. This happened at an elevation of 18,400 feet. The hole stands ready for the cement foundation on which the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope...

Webb telescope’s first full color and scientific images are coming in July

The James Webb Space Telescope will produce "spectacular color images" of the cosmos in mid-July. It’s first observations dedicated to its mission of scientific discovery. The successor to Hubble has spent the last five months aligning its instruments in preparation for the big reveal....

Hubble explores galactic wings

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features two merging galaxies in the VV-689 system. Its nickname is Angel Wing. It is unlike chance alignments of galaxies which only appear to overlap when viewed from our vantage point on Earth. The two galaxies...

Astronomers detect galactic space laser

A powerful radio-wave laser named "megamaser" has been observed by the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa. The record-breaking find is the most distant megamaser of its kind ever detected. The light from the megamaser has traveled 58 thousand billion kilometers to Earth. The discovery was...