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Scientists can’t seem to find mysterious dark matter

Astronomers scanning the Milky Way said on Wednesday they were baffled when they failed to spot something invisible. To explain: the team were looking for evidence of dark matter, the substance that is believed to comprise 83 percent of matter in the Universe. But it cannot be detected by the…

Largest virtual telescope operational in Chile

SANTIAGO — Astronomers in Chile said this week they had created the world’s largest virtual optical telescope by using a special technique to combine images from the four most powerful devices as if they were a single device. “This weekend we managed to finish the process (of merging the images)…

Fourth potentially habitable planet is discovered

WASHINGTON — International astronomers said on Thursday they have found the fourth potentially habitable planet outside our solar system with temperatures that could support water and life about 22 light-years from Earth. The team analyzed data from the European Southern Observatory about a star known as GJ 667C, which is…

Astronomers discover more than 50 new planets

PARIS — Astronomers on Tuesday unveiled a haul of more than 50 planets orbiting other stars, including a “super-Earth” which inhabits a zone where, providing conditions are right, water could exist in liquid form. It is the biggest single tally in the history of exoplanet hunting since the very first…

World’s largest radio telescope gears up in Chile

SANTIAGO — The world’s largest network of radio telescopes is ready to begin the first phase of operations in northern Chile’s Atacama Desert, an observatory announced Thursday. The ALMA complex, under construction for over a decade, received on Wednesday the 16th of 66 total antennas, enough to “begin its first…

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