mei 262013
Galaxies Grow by Funnels of Cold Gas

  Computer simulations of galaxies growing over billions of years have revealed a likely scenario for how they feed: a cosmic version of swirly straws.  Created with the help of supercomputers, this still from a simulation shows the formation of a massive galaxy during the first 2 billion years of the Universe. Hydrogen gas is [continue reading]

sep 282012
'Flashy' Secrets of Merging Black Holes Uncovered

  According to Einstein, whenever massive objects interact, they produce gravitational waves — distortions in the very fabric of space and time — that ripple outward across the Universe at the speed of light. While astronomers have found indirect evidence of these disturbances, the waves have so far eluded direct detection. Ground-based observatories designed to [continue reading]

sep 252012
More Indications Life Came To Earth From Outer Space

  Microorganisms that crashed to Earth embedded in the fragments of distant planets might have been the sprouts of life on this one, according to new research presented at the European Planetary Sciences Congress (EPSC) on 25 September.  The Sun is thought to have formed in a cluster of other stars around 4.5 billion years [continue reading]

sep 252012
Scientists Shed Light on Riddle of Sun's Explosive Events

  Four decades of active research and debate by the solar physics community have failed to bring consensus on what drives the Sun’s powerful coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that can have profound “space weather” effects on Earth-based power grids and satellites in near-Earth geospace.  A computer visualization of the Sun (red sphere) and its magnetic [continue reading]