50 new planets in our neighbourhood

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The list of other worlds has recently grown bigger: astronomers have announced that they have found 50 more exoplanets, orbiting nearby stars. That’s the largest number of exoplanets ever announced at once.
The team, led by Michel Mayor from University of Geneva, Switzerland, used the HARPS (High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet …

The end of the cosmological principle?

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The cosmological principle is a fundamental notion of modern cosmology. In a few words, our position in the Universe has nothing special: wherever you are in the Universe, when you observe it, what you see is the same everywhere, and the laws of physics are the same everywhere. The Universe …

Traversable wormholes… without exotic matter

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According to string theory, hypothetical shortcuts through spacetime called wormholes, might well exist in our Universe.
For those of you who wouldn’t be Stargate fans, wormholes would be “tunnels” between two different locations in the Universe (they could also allow to travel in time, or to parallel universes). Basically, while it …

A new type IA supernova in M101!

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There’s been some great news for amateur astronomers recently (and not only for them)! A bit more than a week ago, a new type IA supernova appeared in the Pinwheel galaxy (M101), ans that’s very important news.
Of course, astronomers are carefully observing the event, gathering as much data as they …

Storm in the night sky: a gorgeous time lapse of the Milky Way

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While most people are afraid of storms, this natural phenomenon can also be truly beautiful. And when it’s caught by the eye of photographer Randy Halverson, it just becomes a stunning show, with our Milky Way Galaxy running across the sky in the background.
Here is his latest time-lapse video, “Tempest …

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