Yearly Archives: 2023

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A supermassive black hole’s strong magnetic fields are revealed in a new light

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration has published new results describing for the first time how light from the edge of the supermassive black hole M87* spirals as it escapes the black hole's intense gravity. This signature, known as circular polarisation, is a consequence of the rotation of the electric field in the radio waves. [...]

By | 2023-11-09T08:45:15+00:00 November 8th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A supermassive black hole’s strong magnetic fields are revealed in a new light

Astronomers capture formation of a powerful cosmic jet

The RadioAstron mission opened a new window on the universe. Using a network of radio telescopes on Earth and in space, astronomers have captured the most detailed view ever of a jet of plasma shooting from a supermassive black hole at the heart of a distant galaxy. The jet travels at nearly the speed of [...]

By | 2023-11-07T13:10:07+00:00 November 7th, 2023|press release|Comments Off on Astronomers capture formation of a powerful cosmic jet

ALMA Observations Unveil Gas Recycling Process Near a Supermassive Black Hole

An international team of scientists has delved into the heart of the Circinus Galaxy's active galactic nucleus using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Achieving an unprecedented resolution of about one light-year, the research, led by Takuma Izumi (Assistant Professor at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan), has illuminated the intricate dance of gas flows [...]

By | 2023-11-07T10:29:00+00:00 November 7th, 2023|press release|Comments Off on ALMA Observations Unveil Gas Recycling Process Near a Supermassive Black Hole

Ultracompact: The Black Hole at the center of our Milky Way

Astronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) have succeeded in measuring the black hole mass from the motion of luminous gas that is seen swirling around Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. It matches the measurement honoured with the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2020. Conclusion: [...]

By | 2023-10-26T09:51:15+00:00 October 26th, 2023|press release|Comments Off on Ultracompact: The Black Hole at the center of our Milky Way

Astronomers detect most distant fast radio burst to date

An international team of scientists led by Dr Stuart Ryder/Macquarie University and Prof. Ryan Shannon/Swinburne University of Technology, has spotted a remote blast of cosmic radio waves lasting less than a millisecond. This 'fast radio burst' (FRB) is the most distant ever detected. Its source was pinned down by the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very [...]

By | 2023-10-20T10:14:44+00:00 October 20th, 2023|press release|Comments Off on Astronomers detect most distant fast radio burst to date

Astronomers discover ultra-fast radio bursts in archived data

An international team of researchers led by Ph.D candidate Mark Snelders (ASTRON and University of Amsterdam) has discovered radio pulses that last only millionths of a second. With this it has been proven that previously discovered fast radio bursts (FRBs) can last even shorter than a thousandth of a second, giving life to the term [...]

By | 2023-10-20T08:05:40+00:00 October 20th, 2023|press release|Comments Off on Astronomers discover ultra-fast radio bursts in archived data

Commission Work Programme 2024 adopted

The 2024 Commission Work Programme was adopted on 17 October 2023. The Work Programme puts a strong focus on simplifying rules for citizens and businesses across the European Union. It reflects on the achievements of the past four years, outlines the Commission’s new proposals for the months ahead and presents significant initiatives aimed at cutting red [...]

By | 2023-10-20T07:58:37+00:00 October 20th, 2023|announcement|Comments Off on Commission Work Programme 2024 adopted

Deadline extension for Horizon Europe calls following Hamas’ terrorist attacks across Israel

In light of the disruptions caused by the fallout of Hamas’ terrorist attacks across Israel, the European Commission has carefully assessed the challenges experienced by partner organisations in the region. In line with the European Union’s commitment to foster inclusivity and collaboration among our research community members, the European Commission would like to inform that [...]

By | 2023-10-18T11:49:22+00:00 October 18th, 2023|announcement|Comments Off on Deadline extension for Horizon Europe calls following Hamas’ terrorist attacks across Israel

Using ALMA, Astronomers Discover First Step Toward Planet Formation

An international research team led by Project Assistant Professor Satoshi Ohashi of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) has conducted high-resolution and multi-wavelength observations of a protoplanetary disk around a relatively young protostar, DG Taurus (DG Tau), using ALMA to study the structure of the disk and the size and amount of dust, the [...]

By | 2023-10-16T15:55:00+00:00 October 16th, 2023|press release|Comments Off on Using ALMA, Astronomers Discover First Step Toward Planet Formation