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jupiter photo

Astronomers capture breathtaking ‘lucky’ image of Jupiter’s raging storms

May 10th, 2020

Using the infrared imaging capabilities of the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii, astronomers have produced one of the most detailed images of Jupiter ever captured from Earth. Infrared imaging cuts through the cloud tops and reveals the detailed structures below, helping scientists to better understand the forces that power the planet’s swirling storms.  Visit BGR’s …

mars water

Rivers flowed on Mars for at least 100,000 years, researchers say

May 7th, 2020

Mars had vast rivers of flowing water for tens of thousands of years, scientists now say. The discovery is based on images sent back by NASA’s Mars orbiter which revealed sediment deposits and telltale signs of flowing water on the surface of the planet. The rivers date back 3.7 billion years, so it will be …

moon photo

This incredible photo of the Moon is actually ‘impossible’

May 6th, 2020

Photographer Andrew McCarthy captured an image of the Moon that is quite literally “impossible.” By stitching together over a dozen individual images, McCarthy created a photo that shows the lunar surface in high contrast. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. When you gaze up at the Moon at night — weather permitting, of course — …

black hole close to earth

A black hole has been hiding surprisingly close to Earth

May 6th, 2020

A black hole was discovered lurking quietly in a system just 1,000 light-years from Earth. The black hole, which is part of the system called HR 6819, is the closest black hole scientists have ever spotted. The researchers suggest that there are likely other black holes hiding nearby, invisible to us. Visit BGR’s homepage for …

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Mysterious radio burst detected inside our home galaxy

May 4th, 2020

Fast radio bursts (or FRBs for short) are mysterious blasts of energy scientists have detected from deep space.  For the first time ever, an FRB was detected coming from within our own home galaxy, the Milky Way, offering scientists an opportunity to explain how they originate. It’s now believed that a type of neutron star …

disappearing exoplanet

Astronomers spotted a massive exoplanet, and then it disappeared

April 21st, 2020

Exoplanet Fomalhaut b (also known as Dagon) disappeared before astronomers’ eyes after being detected multiple times. A new theory suggests the would-be planet was actually a cloud of debris left over from a collision between two large icy objects. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. It wasn’t that long ago that astronomers could only dream …

habitable exoplanet

Astronomers just found an exoplanet shockingly similar to Earth

April 17th, 2020

Astronomers have discovered a planet so similar to Earth in size that it could be our planet’s twin. The planet, Kepler-1649c, is in the habitable zone of its star, raising the possibility of habitability. The planet’s star is a red dwarf, which are known to produce flares that could extinguish life. Visit BGR’s homepage for …

asteroid flyby

A newly-discovered house-sized asteroid just zipped by Earth

April 16th, 2020

An asteroid up to 100 feet in diameter passed closely by Earth early on Wednesday morning. The space rock named 2020 GH2 came closer to the Earth than the distance between the Earth and the Moon, making it a rather close call. The object is now being tracked by scientists. Visit BGR’s homepage for more …

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Hubble spies distant galaxy bursting with baby stars

April 13th, 2020

Hubble snapped a gorgeous image of a distant galaxy called NGC 2906. NGC 2906 has an abundance of massive young stars that shine brightly as they burn through their fuel. The galaxy is a whopping 145 million light-years from Earth. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. NASA and the ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope is one …