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Unraveling Dark Energy Mystery
Unraveling Dark Energy Mystery
June 8, 2009 at 5:50 pm | News Release

Radio astronomers have directly measured the distance to a faraway galaxy, providing a valuable yardstick for calibrating large astronomical distances and demonstrating a vital method that could help determine the elusive nature of the mysterious Dark Energy that pervades the Universe.

Missing Link Revealing Fast-Spinning Pulsar Mysteries
Missing Link Revealing Fast-Spinning Pulsar Mysteries
May 21, 2009 at 5:48 pm | News Release

Astronomers have discovered a unique double-star system that represents a missing link stage in what they believe is the birth process of the most rapidly-spinning stars in the Universe — millisecond pulsars.

ALMA Telescope Makes Successful Antenna Link
ALMA Telescope Makes Successful Antenna Link
April 30, 2009 at 5:46 pm | Announcement

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, an immense international telescope project under construction in northern Chile, reached a major milestone on April 30, when two ALMA antennas were linked together as an integrated system to observe an astronomical object for the first time.

Astronomers Unveiling Life’s Cosmic Origins
Astronomers Unveiling Life’s Cosmic Origins
February 12, 2009 at 6:42 pm | News Release

Processes that laid the foundation for life on Earth — star and planet formation and the production of complex organic molecules in interstellar space — are yielding their secrets to astronomers armed with powerful new research tools, and even better tools soon will be available.

First North American ALMA Antenna
First North American ALMA Antenna
February 6, 2009 at 6:34 pm | Announcement

Astronomers celebrated today the formal acceptance of the first North American antenna by the Joint ALMA Observatory. ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, is a gathering armada of short-wavelength radio telescopes whose combined power will enable astronomers to probe with unprecedented sharpness phenomena and regions that are beyond the reach of visible-light telescopes.

Black Holes Lead Galaxy Growth
Black Holes Lead Galaxy Growth
January 6, 2009 at 6:29 pm | News Release

Astronomers may have solved a cosmic chicken-and-egg problem — the question of which formed first in the early Universe — galaxies or the supermassive black holes seen at their cores.

Milky Way a Swifter Spinner, More Massive
Milky Way a Swifter Spinner, More Massive
January 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm | News Release

Fasten your seat belts — we’re faster, heavier, and more likely to collide than we thought. Astronomers making high-precision measurements of the Milky Way say our home Galaxy is rotating about 100,000 miles per hour faster than previously understood.

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