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Scientists discover a ‘dark’ Milky Way

Thu, 08/25/2016
Using the world’s most powerful telescopes, an international team of astronomers has found a massive galaxy that consists almost entirely of dark matter. The galaxy,...
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A better way to learn if alien planets have the right stuff

Wed, 08/24/2016
A new method for analyzing the chemical composition of stars may help scientists winnow the search for Earth 2.0. Yale University researchers Debra Fischer and John Michael...
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Katie Melbourne, '19 awarded Horkheimer Youth Service Award

Sun, 08/14/2016
Katie Melbourne, ‘19, was awarded the 2016 Horkheimer/Smith Youth Service Award for astronomy outreach from The Astronomical League, one of four youth awards sponsored by the...
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Scientists spot two galaxies moving into the Milky Way from the cosmic countryside

Thu, 08/11/2016
Researchers have found two, faint dwarf galaxies that traveled from the remote hinterlands of space to the brighter lights of the more “cosmopolitan” Milky Way. Yale...
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Astrophysics undergraduate wins Jefferson Award for public service

Thu, 07/14/2016
Yale astrophysics undergradauate Sophia Sánchez-Maes ’19 has been awarded the Jefferson Award for Outstanding National or Global Service by a Young American 25 or Under for...

Hitomi mission finds a quiet space in the heart of the Perseus cluster

Wed, 07/06/2016
In its brief time gathering data this year, the Hitomi X-ray Observatory discovered something quite serene: the calm core in a massive cluster of galaxies. Scientists from...

Black hole has an appetite for cold, cosmic rain

Wed, 06/08/2016
A Yale-led team of astronomers found a supermassive black hole about to devour clouds of cold, clumpy gas hurtling toward it. The discovery offers new insight into the way...