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An unexplained 'void' appears to be pushing the Milky Way through the Universe at 2 million km/h

You can’t feel it, but our planet is orbiting the Sun at speeds of roughly 100,000 km/h (62,000 mph), and something is making our Milky Way galaxy move through the Universe at more than 2 million km/h (1.2 million mph). That’s 630 km per second, and now scientists might have finally...

Physicists created Black Hole in the lab that could finally prove Hawking Radiation

Stephen Hawking was the first to propose that not everything that comes in contact with a black hole succumbs to its immense gravity and inevitable nothingness. In fact, tiny particles of light, known as photons, are sometimes ejected back out of the black hole, robbing it of energy. This gradual loss of mass over time means that every black hole eventually evaporates out of existence.



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Hundreds of hidden galaxies found behind Milky Way

Scientists have used radio telescopes to cut through the haze of the Milky Way, revealing hundreds of previously hidden galaxies lurking behind it.
These galaxies lie a mere 250 million light-years away—and they will only get closer, because they appear to be pulling us towards them at breakneck speed.

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Image: Artist's impression. Credit: ICRAR

This new view of the region could help...

Supermassive black hole spotted spewing jets of gas spanning 300,000 light years

On Tuesday (February 2, 2016) NASA released this image showing a spectacular jet emanating from a supermassive black hole in the center of the Pictor A galaxy, located nearly 500 million light-years from Earth. Material falling onto the black hole is driving an enormous beam, or jet, of particles traveling at nearly the speed of light into intergalactic space. The jet extends across 300,000 years toward a brilliant hotspot and a counter jet pointing in the opposite direction.

Astronomers have found evidence of ninth planet lurking in our Solar System (Not Pluto)

Nicknamed Planet Nine, it appears to be circling the Sun on a super elongated obit that takes an incredible 10,000 to 20,000 years to complete. Estimated to be about 10 times more massive than Earth and four times the size, the team says no one’s noticed it until now because of how far away it is - it’s about 149 billion km from the Sun, or 75 times more distant than Pluto.

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The closest Earth sized Exoplanet has been discovered, GJ 1132b

An international team of researchers has discovered a new exoplanet that's much, much closer than any previously found, close enough that we can study its potential atmosphere.

Bearing the slightly wordy name of GJ 1132b, the new neighbour is a rocky, Earth-sized planet that's located only 39 light-years away from us in the Vela constellation, which is visible from the southern hemisphere.

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Astronomers find "giant alien megastructures" orbiting star near the Milky Way

An astronomer from Penn State University, Jason Wright, is to publish a report on a 'bizarre' cluster of objects which suggests its contents may be a “swarm of megastructures”. Or in other words, alien megastructures.

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Credit: NASA/AP

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Scientists Use Simulation To Probe Mystery Of The Universe's Brightest Galaxies

The brightest galaxies in our universe are fuelled by what their gravity sucks in, not through explosive mergers of star systems as scientists previously argued, researchers said Wednesday.
In what may be the most complete explanation yet of how these enormous collections of stars and dust came to be, scientists found the galaxies pulled in hydrogen gas and then used it to pump out the equivalent of up to 2,000 Suns per year, according to a study in Nature.


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