China launches GECAM all-sky scanner to study extreme cosmic events

China has successfully launched a space telescope to study some of the most energetic events in the universe. Lifting off today from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. local time, the Gravitational wave high-energy Electromagnetic Counterpart All-sky Monitor (GECAM) represents one of the first new “all-sky” devices that will monitor fast-radio bursts, high-energy neutrinos and magnetars.

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Astronomers reveal most detailed atlas of the Milky Way

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released the latest star map of the Milky Way taken by its €450m Gaia mission. Gaia’s third data set, released, contains high-precision measurements of nearly 2 billion stars, allowing astronomers to trace the various populations of older and younger stars out towards the very edge of our galaxy the so-called “galactic anticenter”.

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Borexino spots solar neutrinos from elusive fusion cycle

Neutrinos produced by the elusive carbon–nitrogen–oxygen (CNO) cycle in the Sun have been observed for the first time – confirming a theory first proposed over 80 years ago. The observation was made by physicists working on Italy’s Borexino detector and provides an important insight into how stars power themselves by converting hydrogen into helium.

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