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27 stunning photos of the cosmos taken this year

This has been a year of photographic firsts: A worldwide team of scientists published the first image of a black hole, and China captured the first photos from the far side of the moon. Space telescopes also captured mind-blowing shots of galaxies and nebulae. Here are 27 of the most […]
27 stunning photos of the cosmos taken this year
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Scientists detected the brightest light in the universe for the first time, following a mysterious explosion in space

Scientists have detected the brightest, most energetic light in the universe for the first time: Telescopes captured two violent space explosions called gamma-ray bursts. Astronomers acted quickly to capture this ultra-high-energy light, turning telescopes on Earth toward the explosion just 50 seconds after NASA satellites detected it. The ultra-high-energy light […]
Scientists detected the brightest light in the universe for the first time, following a mysterious explosion in space
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The universe is expanding faster than scientists thought, a study confirms — a ‘crisis in cosmology’ that could require a ‘new physics’

The universe is expanding faster than scientists predicted, a finding that has created what one astrophysicist calls “the crisis in cosmology.” A new study confirmed this dilemma using new telescope technology and data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Scientists can’t yet explain the discrepancy between their models and new measurements. […]
The universe is expanding faster than scientists thought, a study confirms — a ‘crisis in cosmology’ that could require a ‘new physics’
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A winner of this year’s Nobel prize in physics is convinced we’ll detect alien life in 100 years. Here are 13 reasons why we haven’t made contact yet.

The Milky Way galaxy has billions of planets that could potentially host life. Yet despite scientists’ efforts to monitor for and occasionally signal to extraterrestrials, we have not found any evidence that aliens exist. This conundrum is known as the Fermi Paradox, and it has inspired debate among researchers for […]
A winner of this year’s Nobel prize in physics is convinced we’ll detect alien life in 100 years. Here are 13 reasons why we haven’t made contact yet.
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