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NASA’s NuStar Mission Finds Rare Pulsar that Pumps Out the Energy of 10 Million Suns

Posted October 27th, 2014 at 6:49 pm (UTC+0)
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This animation shows a neutron star—the core of a star that exploded in a massive supernova. This particular neutron star is known as a pulsar because it sends out rotating beams of X-rays that sweep past Earth like lighthouse beacons. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission recently made a remarkable discovery that could […]

Rhythmic Light Pulses Help Astronomers Accurately Measure Medium Sized Black Hole

Posted August 18th, 2014 at 6:55 pm (UTC+0)
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Astronomers have calculated that there may be about 100 million black holes in the galaxy. And they mostly fall into two sizes… stellar and supermassive.  The size difference has to do with how much mass they contain versus that of our own sun or solar mass. For some time now, astronomers have also theorized that […]

Milky Way Might Have Formed From Inside-Out

Posted January 21st, 2014 at 9:28 pm (UTC+0)
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The Milky Way Galaxy may have formed from the inside-out, according to data from the Gaia-ESO Survey. Using data gathered by the ESO’s 8-meter Very Large Telescope (VLT), located in Chile’s Atacama desert, astronomers were able to make their findings by tracking and studying the amounts of elements, such as magnesium, within the chemical composition of stars […]

Flash Could Allow Scientists to Witness Birth of a Black Hole

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 6:50 pm (UTC+0)
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A cosmic flash generated by a dying star might allow scientists to see something they’ve never witnessed before – the birth of a black hole. A black hole is a celestial object that is so dense not even light can escape its intense gravitational pull. This phenomenon occurs when a dying star runs out of […]

Scientists Discover Universe’s Largest Known Structure

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 7:27 pm (UTC+0)
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Scientists have found the largest known structure in the universe, a cluster of galactic cores so vast it would take four billion years for a spacecraft traveling at the speed of light to cross it. The sighting challenges a theory from Einstein which suggests such a massive object shouldn’t exist in the universe. A quasar […]

Mystery Properties of Black Holes Revealed

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 8:18 pm (UTC+0)
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Of all the celestial objects that make up the Universe, nothing is more mysterious than the black hole. Now Denmark scientists have come up with what they say are groundbreaking theories that explain several properties of the enigmatic black hole.  The scientists’ research indicates black holes have properties similar to the dynamics of both solids and […]

Science Images of the Week

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 6:07 pm (UTC+0)
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Twin Black Holes Discovered

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 6:14 pm (UTC+0)
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Astronomers recently made a surprising find while searching for a unique black hole in a tight cluster of stars 10,000 light years away from Earth.Instead of finding one black hole,  scientists with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) found two – twins – something that surprised them because, according to modern theory, there should only be […]

Science Photos of the Week

Posted July 20th, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC+0)
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