Best image ever of planet formation around infant star - panel discussion

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The National Science Foundation-funded National Radio Astronomy Observatory will expand on a news release just issued this morning related to Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array's (ALMA) new high-resolution capabilities. Astronomers have captured the best image ever of planet formation around an infant star as part of ALMA’s testing and verification process for new high-resolution capabilities. We invite journalists, astronomers, and anyone just interested in cool astronomy...

Illustrating the environment around infant stars like HL Tau

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Artist's impression of a protoplanetary disk. Newly formed planets can be seen traveling around the central host star, sweeping their orbits clear of dust and gas. These same ring-link structures were observed recently by ALMA around the young star HL Tau.

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"I fought a lot; I thought I could win, but fate and nature repressed my study and my efforts. But it is already something to be on the battlefield, because to win depends very much on fortune. But I did as much as I could, and I do not think anyone, of the future generation, will deny it. I was not afraid of death, I never gave in to anyone, I chose courageous death instead of a coward’s life". Giordano Bruno, De Monade (1591).

Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist Adam Riess discusses supernovae

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Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist Adam Riess answers questions about his research on supernovae and his life outside the lab.

Rotating Egg

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Graph of an egg derived from an equation and uneven unique angular periods from division of pi by whole numbers.

Science Behind the News: Impacts on Jupiter

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The impact of comets on the surface of Jupiter are a fairly common experience. At the University of Central Florida, astronomers Joseph Harrington and Csaba Palotai are leading a project that studies precisely how these impacts happen, and also provides valuable information about what might happen if such a comet struck Earth. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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