jan 192013
"Cosmic fog" of the Nearby Universe measured

  Researchers from the Laboratoire Leprince-Ringuet (CNRS/École Polytechnique) have carried out the first measurement of the intensity of the diffuse extragalactic background light (EBL) in the nearby Universe, a fog of photons that has filled the Universe ever since its formation. Using some of the brightest gamma-ray sources in the southern hemisphere, the study was [continue reading]

nov 012012
Super-Luminous Supernovae Found in the Very Distant Universe

  Two ‘super-luminous’ supernovae – stellar explosions 10 to 100 times brighter than other supernova types – have been detected in the distant Universe. The discovery, led by Swinburne University of Technology astrophysicist Dr Jeffrey Cooke, and reported online in Nature this week, sets a record for the most distant supernova yet detected. High-resolution simulation of [continue reading]

sep 132012
Dark Energy Exists!

  Dark energy, a mysterious substance thought to be speeding up the expansion of the Universe is really there, according to a team of astronomers at the University of Portsmouth and LMU University Munich. A visual impression of the data used in the study representing the relevant extra-galactic maps as shells of increasing distance from [continue reading]

aug 152012
Evidence of Dark Matter Found?

  Gamma-ray photons seen emanating from the center of the Milky Way galaxy are consistent with the intriguing possibility that dark-matter particles are annihilating each other in space, according to research submitted by UC Irvine astrophysicists to the American Physical Society journal Physical Review D. 360-degree panorama view of the Milky Way Galaxy (an assembled [continue reading]