jan 232013
Telescope Takes Temperature of the Universe

  Astronomers using a CSIRO radio telescope have taken the Universe’s temperature, and have found that it has cooled down just the way the Big Bang theory predicts. SIRO’s Australia Telescope Compact Array. Photo: David Smyth Using the CSIRO Australia Telescope Compact Array near Narrabri, NSW, an international team from Sweden, France, Germany and Australia [continue reading]

sep 232012
Studying the Chemistry of the Universe with ALMA

  Combining the cutting-edge capabilities of the ALMA telescope with newly-developed laboratory techniques, scientists are opening a completely new era for deciphering the chemistry of the Universe. A research team demonstrated their breakthrough using ALMA data from observations of the gas in a star-forming region in the constellation Orion. Hubble’s sharpest view of the Orion [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]

aug 212012
The Big Picture of the Universe Confirmed

  We know that stars group together to form galaxies, galaxies clump to make clusters and clusters gather to create structures known as superclusters. At what scale though, if at all, does this Russian doll-like structure stop? Scientists have been debating this very question for decades because clustering on large scales would be in conflict [continue reading]