apr 052013
 
Farthest Type Ia Supernova So Far Discovered

  NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has found the farthest supernova so far of the type used to measure cosmic distances. Supernova UDS10Wil, nicknamed SN Wilson after American President Woodrow Wilson, exploded more than 10 billion years ago. This is a Hubble Space Telescope view of supernova SN UDS10Wil, nicknamed SN Wilson that exploded over 10 [continue reading]

mrt 212013
 
An Almost Perfect Universe Revealed by Planck

  Acquired by ESA’s Planck space telescope, the most detailed map ever created of the cosmic microwave background – the relic radiation from the Big Bang – was released today revealing the existence of features that challenge the foundations of our current understanding of the Universe. The anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) as [continue reading]

mrt 092013
 
The Universe Accurately Measured

  New results pin down the distance to the galaxy next door   After nearly a decade of careful observations an international team of astronomers has measured the distance to our neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, more accurately than ever before. This new measurement also improves our knowledge of the rate of expansion of [continue reading]

sep 242012
 
With Artificial Intelligence to the Origins of the Universe

  A team of astronomers, led by Francisco Kitaura from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam (Germany), has succeeded to confine the cosmic origins of the distribution of galaxies sharper than ever before. Kitauras method could prove to be a breakthrough for the study of the evolution of the Universe on large scales, and the [continue reading]

sep 192012
 
Quasars are Mileposts for Marking the Universe’s Expansion

  Scientists can’t travel deep space the way Columbus sailed and charted the New World or Lewis and Clark mapped the west. But, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and two partnering institutions have found a possible way to map the spread and structure of the Universe, guided by the light of quasars. This is [continue reading]

sep 182012
 
Dark Energy Camera Captured its First Images

  Eight billion years ago, rays of light from distant galaxies began their long journey to Earth. That ancient starlight has now found its way to a mountaintop in Chile, where the newly-constructed Dark Energy Camera, the most powerful sky-mapping machine ever created, has captured and recorded it for the first time. Zoomed-in image from [continue reading]