NASA's Kepler spacecraft, the space agency's planet-hunting telescope launched in 2009, has lost the functionality of two of its four wheels used to control its orientation in space.
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New telescopic findings help shed light on a black hole physics mystery. Nothing can escape a black hole, even light, because to wrench away from its titanic gravitational pull, you’d have to move faster than light is capable of traveling. And nothing can do that, as far as anyone knows. As matter falls into a black hole’s gaping maw, it superheats to millions of degrees,...
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Astronomers have found an astonishing star and black hole in deep space which orbit each other every 2 hours. Known as a black hole X-ray binary system, the pair share a common centre of gravity and rotate around it with remarkable speed. The star in the system flies around the black hole at more than two million kilometres per hour - 20 times faster than the Earth moves...
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Space engineers are struggling to regain control of the Kepler space telescope, which has lost its ability to aim accurately at the stars it has been scanning for planets like Earth, NASA said.
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The Kepler spacecraft lost the second of four wheels that control the telescope's orientation in space
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LOS ANGELES-NASA's planet-hunting telescope is broken. The Kepler spacecraft lost the second of four wheels that control the telescope's orientation in space, NASA said Wednesday.
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Chomp chomp, guuulp. Later this year, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way will dine on a small passing cloud of gas, which wandered too close and is now spiraling toward the black hole’s maw. But that may only be a first course, according to new observations. The Herschel space telescope spotted a vast amount of surprisingly hot molecular gas near the...
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The Kepler space telescope has already found thousands of exoplanets orbiting other stars, and now the next space telescope to join the search has been announced.The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a project of MIT, was selected by...
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The discovery in galaxy NGC 4845, 47 million light-years away, was made by ESA's INTEGRAL space observatory. A similar feeding event, albeit on a gas cloud, will soon happen at the black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way Galaxy, astronomers say.
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Nasa may have discovered the youngest black hole in the Milky Way. The agency's Chandra X-ray Observatory caught the remnant galaxy W49B with what appears to be a black hole at its centre. The "highly distorted" cloud of gas and material pictured by the telescope is all that's left of a supernova which occurred about 1,000 years ago (as seen from Earth). The remnant is...
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