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The Earliest and Faintest Galaxies in the Universe

Mario De Leo Winkler | Posted 11.05.2016 | Science
Mario De Leo Winkler

A new research observation by an international team of astrophysicists using the Hubble Space Telescope has led to the discovery of the largest sample of the faintest, smallest, and earliest known galaxies in the Universe.

'Real-Time' Analysis Shows Just How Our Universe Is Expanding | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 04.30.2014 | Science

The universe is expanding — and it is doing so at the same rate in all directions, according to new measurements that appear to confirm the standard...

Astronomers Reveal Monster Black Hole's Dizzying Speed | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 03.06.2014 | Science

For the first time, astronomers have directly measured how fast a black hole spins, clocking its rotation at nearly half the speed of light. The dist...

Mystery Of Big Bang's Echo Solved?

natureheader | Eugenie Samuel Reich | Posted 02.19.2014 | Science

Soon after the Big Bang, there were tiny ripples: quantum fluctuations in the density of the seething ball of hot plasma. Billions of years later, tho...

Einstein's Weird Prediction Simulated On Tiny Chip

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 09.30.2013 | Science

It took two major expeditions charting the solar eclipse of 1919 to verify Albert Einstein’s weird prediction about gravity — that it distorts the...

WATCH: Dead Star Bends Light From Giant Companion

Posted 04.08.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 04/08/2013 08:52 AM EDT on NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has witnessed an ultradense dead star b...

Key Einstein Idea Put To Test In New Research

Posted 01.16.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 01/16/2013 12:56 PM EST on A new study of one of the universe's fundamental constants casts doubt on a pop...

Scientists Get First Glimpse Of Dark Matter 'Filament'

Posted 07.05.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 07/04/2012 01:51 PM EDT on A giant string of invisible dark matter has been discovered across the unive...

Acronyms and the Astronomers Who Love Them: Science at the Boston University Institute for Astrophysical Research

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 02.14.2012 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

Boston University's astronomy department recently decided to take advantage of the crowds that come for Public Observing Night by holding lectures one Wednesday a month about the research they do.