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Gravitational Redshift around the Black Hole at the Centre of the Milky Way

I’ve just been catching up on the arXiv, and found this very exciting paper by the GRAVITY collaboration (see herefor background on the relevant instrumentation). 264 more words

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Southern Milky Way above ALMA

Image credit & copyright: European Southern Observatory (ESO)/Babak Tafreshi.

Located 5,058 meters (16,597 ft.) high on the Chajnantor Plateau in Chile’s Atacama Desert (The driest desert in the world) sits the most powerful radio telescope as well as the most expensive ground based telescope ever created; the Atacama Large Millimeter/Sub-millimeter Array or “ALMA.” In short, this is an interferometer of 66 massive radio telescopes that work at millimeter and sub-millimeter wavelengths (0.32 to 3.6 mm). 384 more words


Astronomers Observe Strange Quantum Distortion in Empty Space for the First Time Ever

In Brief
  • Vacuum birefringence has been observed by a team of scientists for the first time ever using the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT).
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K2-18b: 'Super Earth' That Could Host Alien Life Is Discovered |RN

Dave Maclean

A little-known planet 111 light years away could be a ‘scaled-up version of Earth’ which is able to host alien life, according to new research. 365 more words