Found: Dying Galaxies Containing Active Black Holes

Found: Dying Galaxies Containing Active Black Holes

Astronomers combined observations of far distant galaxies exhibiting no signs of star formation and found active supermassive black holes that may have contributed to the evolution of their parent galaxies. Plus, rocket launches, detecting earthquakes, and why Uranus and Neptune are different shades of blue.

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Moons May Be Beneficial to Life Beyond Earth

Moons May Be Beneficial to Life Beyond Earth

New simulations find that to form a moon with a similar size ratio to our own system, certain types of planets are needed. And that type of moon-planet system could then be beneficial to the rise of life on the planet. Plus, a Starlink launch, puffy planets, and training astronauts underwater for spacewalks.

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Rising Oxygen Levels of Past Earth May Help in Search for Life

Rising Oxygen Levels of Past Earth May Help in Search for Life

Scientists analyzed iron-rich sedimentary rocks and estimated the amount of oxygen present in the atmosphere when those rocks formed, finding low levels of oxygen and giving insight into a potential biosignature for life beyond Earth. Plus, controlling robots from space, a SpaceX launch, and this week’s What’s Up.

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Six Early, Massive, “Dead” Galaxies Found in Hubble Data

Six Early, Massive, “Dead” Galaxies Found in Hubble Data

While searching for objects deep in the universe’s history, at about three billion years of age, researchers found six massive but “dead” galaxies in Hubble and ALMA data, a strange finding for a time period known for prolific star birth. Plus, planetary science from the EPSC2021 conference and this week’s What’s Up.

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