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The most detailed ever map of the universe
The largest ever all sky celestial survey has published its first catalogue – pinning down the exact three dimensional positions and brightness of over a billion stars. The data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia spacecraft will form part of the most detailed map of the Milky Way galaxy ever created.
New gravitational wave research centre
Astronomers are still coming to terms with the scientific implications arising from the historic first ever detections of gravitational waves. Now the Australian Research Council has provided 31.3 million dollars in federal funding for a new centre of excellence at Swinburne University to study gravitational waves to better understand the extreme physics of black holes and warped space-time.
X-rays detected streaming from Pluto
Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra space telescope have detected X-rays streaming out of the distant world of Pluto. The discovery indicates that Pluto’s atmosphere is interacting with the solar wind in an unexpected and energetic fashion.
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