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Astronomers uncover an enormous neutron star that just about should not exist

Astronomers uncover an enormous neutron star that just about should not...

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An illustration of the pulsar and a nearby white dwarf star, which scientists used to help measure the pulsar's mass. NRAO/AUI/NSF Scientists say they've found a spinning neutron star, or pulsar, that is so densely compacted, it might be right on the limit of what's possible. It could exist precariously at the tipping point where…
Scientists uncover extra proof that dinosaurs had been killed by a big asteroid

Scientists uncover extra proof that dinosaurs had been killed by a...

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Scientists work in the Gulf of Mexico to find evidence of a mega asteroid that caused wildfires, tsunamis and global cooling. RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin have found "hard evidence" of the asteroid that killed off dinosaurs. The research, published Monday and reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal,…
Astronomers find a huge super-Jupiter concealing around close-by star

Astronomers find a huge super-Jupiter concealing around close-by star

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Beta Pictoris b isn't so lonely anymore. ESO/L. Calçada/N. Risinger For the last decade, astronomers on Earth have thought of Beta Pictoris b as a lonely exoplanet orbiting within a huge, dusty disk around the star Beta Pictoris. The planet, a super-Jupiter about 13 times as massive as our Jupiter, has been the only known…
Researchers find ‘plasma tsunamis’ are accountable for sunspots

Researchers find ‘plasma tsunamis’ are accountable for sunspots

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Hot off the press. NASA/GSFC/SDO Within the extreme heat of the sun, rolling waves of plasma known as "solar tsunamis" could be causing the sudden death of solar cycles. A team of scientists from NASA, the University of Maryland and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have identified ominously-named "terminator events" which mark the…
Astronomers find 2 ferociously quick stars secured a death spiral

Astronomers find 2 ferociously quick stars secured a death spiral

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Artist's impression of the pair of white dwarfs, ZTF J1530+5027. Caltech/IPAC At CNET, we're big fans of seeing cosmic phenomena locked in dizzying dances of doom. When two huge objects become bound by each other's gravity, they can be locked into a spiral, circling each other until they merge or die. Astronomers have spotted another…
Astronomers find 2 dead stars secured ferociously quick orbits

Astronomers find 2 dead stars secured ferociously quick orbits

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Artist's impression of the pair of white dwarfs, ZTF J1530+5027. Caltech/IPAC At CNET, we're big fans of the death spiral of two objects bound by each other's gravity, doomed to circle  the other until they merge or die. Astronomers have spotted another such system, this time featuring two "dead stars" -- white dwarfs -- zipping around each…
Astronomers find 2 supermassive great voids in a death spiral

Astronomers find 2 supermassive great voids in a death spiral

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This computer simulation shows two black holes circling each other and was created after the first direct observation of gravitational waves. SXS Lensing Using images obtained from the Hubble Space Telescope, a US collaboration of astronomers have detected two supermassive black holes on a collision course, 2.5 billion light years from Earth. The two black…
Astronomers find brand-new mini, runaway moons they have actually called “ploonets”

Astronomers find brand-new mini, runaway moons they have actually called “ploonets”

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NASA released this illustration of what an exomoon might look. NASA/ESA/L. Hustak Dear Diary, I dream of one day running away from my home in orbit around my gas giant planet, which is now migrating ever closer to our solar system's star. Thanks for the push, gravitational forces! Soon I will be free from my…
Archaeologists Discover Ancient Baptismal Font Style Hidden Inside Jesus’ Standard Birth Place

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Baptismal Font Style Hidden Inside Jesus’ Standard Birth...

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Ziad al-Bandak, head of the Restoration Commission for the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, reveals an ancient baptismal font discovered inside another, newer font. The newfound font is estimated to date from 501 to 600 A.D. Credit: Credit: Wisam Hashlamoun/Anadolu Agency/Getty The Church of the Nativity — a World Heritage site believed…
Astronomers uncover the supply of unexplained cosmic radio burst

Astronomers uncover the supply of unexplained cosmic radio burst

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To discover the source of a one-off, mysterious space signal, an international team of astronomers utilized telescopes around the world. CSIRO/Dr. Andrew Howells Astronomers keep hearing unexplained, incredibly powerful signals from the far reaches of space -- signals that come through loud and clear for a thousandth of a second and then mysteriously disappear. First…

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