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Dark matter detected in the Milky Way

... Ghag, who wasn't part of the study but pursues his own research detecting dark matter, here on Earth, explains ... Chamkaur - We can look at galaxies sort of outside of our own and measure, in particular, the velocity of stars on the ... the distribution or how much dark matter there is in our own galaxy. And that's really important if we're going to try ...

NGC 6744 Galaxy

The Dark Universe

... matter exists... Catherine - So, let's think about our own Milky Way galaxy. So, we've got stars that are spinning around in our own Milky Way galaxy and you can look how fast they're moving ... If there wasn't a big halo of dark matter around our own Milky Way galaxy, all the stars would just simply fly out ...

David Willetts, Martyn Poliakoff, Mary Bownes

David Willetts' speech to the AAAS

... as a fellow by the most esteemed scientists in one’s own country is often the honour they cherish most – and ... effort exceeds that of any other country, including my own. Nevertheless I believe that we have some distinctive British strengths which complement your own. And I am confident that alongside the US, Britain is the ...

Milky way galaxy

Cannibal galaxies and dark matter hurricanes

... for want of a better word, of stars which are doing their own thing and you can see that they're moving in a trajectory ... tells you that those have obviously come in with their own agenda, their own direction, movement, velocity, and that's how you could ...

Four antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)

The Event Horizon Telescope project

... of the shadow cast by the black hole at the centre of our own galaxy, as he explains to Georgia Mills... Shep - There's ... something like that? Shep - Well, in a paradox of their own immense gravity, black holes, which by definition are ... one of these black hole shadows is in the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy and radio waves are the perfect medium ...

How do magnets work?

... which makes a little tiny electromagnet. Now on its own this doesn’t make something even magnetic. These little ... here is lots and lots of tiny little metal nuts. On their own they’re not stuck to each other; whereas you bring a ... problematic, and these iron nuts are the same. On their own they don’t stick to each other but because they have ...

Image of the Sun's halo as moon passes by

Best Astronomy: Detecting Exoplanets

... what they're like. So as we saw earlier for planets in our own solar system, our initial attempts at characterizing them ... a number of planets. These are planets very unlike our own. They're what I like to refer to as baby Jupiter so ... and cooler planets, eventually imaging planets like our own. Chris - Can we also not, by looking at the light coming ...

Using balloons to see Dark Matter

... so Richard Massey from Durham University has developed his own approach. He is using a helium balloon to carry a ... bored waiting and said, "Wouldn't it be nice to have our own satellite, our own telescope in space?" unfortunately, in these times of ...

Sunrise over the rim of a planet seen from space.

Water discovered on a habitable planet

... how they did it… Ingo - We found a planet outside our own solar system which is rocky and it has an atmosphere ... now have a relatively small planet, quite similar to our own, with evidence of water. How does this shift the balance ... into the universe, that there are other worlds like our own out there? Ingo - Well, I mean that's the exciting bit, ...

Exoplanet exploration

... Jackson through how and why she studies planets beyond our own solar system... Carole - My name is Carole Haswell. I'm ... being able to actually measure what planets outside our own solar system are made of or at least what their ... The Open University How we study planets beyond our own solar system... Exoplanet exploration ...

Colonise Mars to save the human race?

... But I think... Chris - Planets that are outside our own Solar System. Ryan - Yes, exactly. Chris - Yeah, distant ... a little bit uncomfortable, the idea that this makes our own planet is disposable or that we're giving up on it. So, I ... to preserve ourselves because we've caused problems on our own planet, on planet Earth that we automatically have the ...

 Original - This artist’s impression of the distant galaxy SMM J2135-0102 shows large bright clouds a few hundred light-years in size, which are regions of active star formation. These “star factories” are similar in size to those in the Milky Way,...

What has physics got to say about time?

... bounce back out again and that we would experience as our own big bang.  So, this is a picture of a cyclic universe ... different parallel universes, if you like.  So, our own universe will be one of the layers and then separated by ... good question.  They could be very different from our own universe.  They could have different laws of physics in ...

5kg shown on the dial of a scale.

Encyclopaedia corner: black holes and kilograms

... And then from those measuring companies would make their own standards. And that's how they'd calibrate weighing ... iridium, because that doesn't rust and won't change on its own. Phil - Now scientists, I know, love to be precise. Adam ... the kilogram on eBay. Wouldn't that be fun? Adam - Yeah. I own the kilogram. Deal with it. Phil - That's fantastic. Adam ...

Foucault pendulum

Rising Stars - Alternative Universes

... there is still to comprehend but to introduce you to my own research we need to gloss over these problems and think ... themselves are riddled with further difficulties.  My own current work looks at types of ripples that might not be ...

Hubble takes a look at Jupiter

Massive planet slammed into young Jupiter

... And by that better understand the origin of our own solar system and also better understand giant planets in ... of planets are tilted most likely due to impacts, and our own moon is probably a result of one. And as technology and ...

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Detecting Gravitational Waves

... or could it potentially be foreground emission from our own galaxy. So, while our galaxy emits rather weakly at these ...

Roger Hutchinson in his observatory

Photographing the gas giants

... a bit more for me? Roger - Well, when you see it with your own eyes for the first time, it kind of blows you away. ... it to anyone. You don't need to go mad and have your own observatory in the back yard to do it either. You can ...

A rocket, with space shuttle attached, blasting off from Earth

Liftoff: How to launch a rocket

... in Cambridge. So what's the mission plan? We set up our own little launch pad in the courtyard. We placed our long ... 3, 2, 1, LIFTOFF! The Naked Scientists launch their own rocket with the help of some friends. Liftoff: How to ...

Mercury (artisits impression of)

Mercury's May Transit: Why do we care?

... study these exoplanets? Carole - We need to understand our own environment and, particularly, what we're doing to our own environment. One of the ways we can get insight in that ...

Artist's impression of a planets and space

Birth of planet observed for first time

... called LkCa 15. This star is actually quite similar to our own Sun. Planetary scientist David Rothery, who wasn't ...

The Juno spacecraft will arrive in orbit around Jupiter in 2016

Finding our way through space

... presto; but what about navigating in space? Even in our own solar system the distances are measured in millions or ...

solar system

How to make a Solar System

... happening or do we have to rely on what we see here in our own Solar System and extrapolate backward s? Alan -   There ...

An artist's impression of a black hole

Quasars: Black holes and bright lights

... Chris - Are they visible light that I could see with my own eyes, or would I need a fancy telescope to see this sort ...