Moon discovered orbiting dwarf planet Makemake

The dwarf planet Makemake (pronounced Mah-kay Mah-kay), in the Kuiper Belt, has been shown by the Hubble Space Telescope to possess a moon.

The arrow in the image below points to the newly discovered satellite, orbiting Makemake, the bright object at the centre of the image.

Makemake's moon
Makemake’s moon. Image Credits: NASA, ESA, and A. Parker and M. Buie (SwRI) (click to enlarge)

For more information, visit:
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/hubble-discovers-moon-orbiting-the-dwarf-planet-makemake

Neutrino source pinpointed for first time

The IceCube neutrino telescope in Antarctica, the Fermi gamma ray telescope in low earth orbit and an array of radio telescopes across the Southern Hemisphere, have been used collaboratively to pinpoint a neutrino source in deep space for the first time.

The neutrinos were shown to have originated in a active supermassive black hole at the centre of a quaser, 9.1 billion light years away, in the constellation of Centaurus.

Professor Sergei Gulyaev of the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) has called the discovery “as significant as that of gravitational waves“.

For more information, visit:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/79241315/Supermassive-blackhole-as-neutrino-source-points-to-new-era-in-astronomy

Gravitational Waves Detected

The first ever confirmed detection of gravitational waves has been announced by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) at a press conference held in Washington DC at 10:30 EST on Thurday, 11 February 2016 .

LIGO’s detection of ripples in the fabric of spacetime has been heralded as one of the scientific breakthroughs of the century and promises to mark the  dawn of a new science of gravitational-wave astronomy.
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