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Science Magazine: Neutron star collision aftermath is the scientific breakthrough of the year

21 December 2017

The research result released on October 16th, in which DARK scientists played a significant role, led to the finding that heavy elements, such as gold and platinum, come from come from merging neutron stars emitting gravitational waves.

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Do supernovae influence Earth’s weather?

20 December 2017

Cosmic rays flung out from exploding stars have an impact on our weather. New research in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark, involving DARK scientist Jacob Svensmark, has found that ions in Earth's atmosphere produced by supernovae are seeding clouds.

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Women in Physics Prize 2017 awarded to up and coming astrophysicist Sarah Pearson

27 November 2017

Together with the well-deserved KIF prize of 5000 Danish crowns, Christina Nis, Professor MSO at Roskilde University and member of the KiF Prize award committee, delivered these fine words to the Columbia-based Phd student

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Anja C. Andersen has been awarded the Danish Authors' Society Literary Prize 2017

17 November 2017

The prize has previously been awarded, among others, to Ebbe Kløvedal Reich, Tor Nørretranders, Jørn Lund, Peter Øvig Knudsen, Jens Andersen, Ulrik Langen and Søren Ryge. This year, the prize is shared between Anja C. Andersen and Henrik Wivel.

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New discovery: Supernova explodes several times

08 November 2017

Astronomers have for the first time discovered a star that exploded multiple times over a period of more than fifty years. These observations are challenging existing theories on cosmic catastrophes.

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Neutron star smash shakes universe

17 October 2017

Scientists have, for the first time, captured gravitational waves as well as light, from two neutron stars that orbited each other ever closer to eventually collide. The groundbreaking discovery begins a...

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Now we know where the heavy elements come from

16 October 2017

The discovery of a kilonova produced by the collision of two neutron stars brings researchers a big step closer to the explanation of one of the great puzzles of science: how the heaviest elements in the universe were formed.

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Sådan gjorde de: Den største astronomiske opdagelse i nyere tid

16 October 2017

En videnskabelig sensation kom i hus, da tusindvis af forskere samarbejdede om at måle tyngdebølger og lys fra sammenstødet mellem to neutronstjerner 140 millioner lysår væk.

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Astronomerne har fået en ekstra sans

16 October 2017

Nu er det for første gang lykkedes at detektere tyngdebølger såvel som elektromagnetiske stråling fra det samme objekt. Vi har fået en ny sans, så vi nu også kan opfatte tyngdeverdenen, vi kan både se og høre universet.

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ALMA and Rosetta Detect Freon-40 in Space

03 October 2017

Observations made with ALMA and ESA’s Rosetta mission by an international team, including researchers from NBI, have revealed the presence of the organohalogen Freon-40 in gas around both an infant star and a comet.

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Star formation influenced by local environmental conditions

15 September 2017

Three scientists at Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), University of Copenhagen, have carried out extensive computer simulations related to star formation, and they conclude that the present ‘standard explanatory model’ is lacking...

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At the age of 85-year old, Erik Høg is planning a satellite to be launched in 20 years

04 July 2017

Erik Høg, who celebrated his 85th birthday earlier this year, has just had his fourth major astrometry project approved, a project that he started in 2013 and one that ESA is now joining. A satellite that will be launched in 20 years.

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Unexpected rotation in a stone-dead galaxy

20 June 2017

A joint European-US study led by experts from Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, reveals a rotating stellar disk à la the Milky Way in a stone-dead galaxy 10 billion light-years from Earth.

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New astronomy center will reveal the cosmic dawn

19 April 2017

Cosmic Dawn Center (DAWN) is a new basic research centre funded by the Danish National Research Foundation and located at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen in close collaboration with DTU Space.

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Carlsberg supports Danish Mars research

30 January 2017

Morten Bo Madsen, head of the Mars Group at the Niels Bohr Institute, has received a grant of 2.5 million kroner from the Carlsberg Foundation for the project: A Field Trip 250 million km from home – Salary for Essential Expert and Materials...

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