Astronomy

More Stories in Astronomy

  1. image of Centaurus A galaxy
    Astronomy

    The latest picture of a black hole captures Centaurus A’s massive jets

    Data from the Event Horizon Telescope reveal new details of jets spewing from the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy Centaurus A.

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  2. illustration of a hypernova
    Space

    Souped-up supernovas may produce much of the universe’s heavy elements

    An old star that formed from an explosive event called a magnetorotational hypernova is revealing where elements like uranium and silver might be forged.

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  3. the planet Jupiter
    Astronomy

    A shadowy birthplace may explain Jupiter’s strange chemistry

    Dust that blocked sunlight caused the giant planet to form in a deep freeze, a new study suggests.

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  4. electron-capture supernova, shown as white dot, in space
    Astronomy

    Scientists spotted an electron-capture supernova for the first time

    A flare that appeared in the sky in 2018 was an electron-capture supernova, a blast that can occur in stars too small to go off the usual way.

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  5. illustration of a newfound white dwarf star
    Astronomy

    This moon-sized white dwarf is the smallest ever found

    A newfound white dwarf is the smallest and perhaps the most massive known, and spins around once every seven minutes.

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  6. illustration of a black hole merging with a neutron star
    Physics

    Gravitational waves reveal the first known mergers of a black hole and neutron star

    For the first time, LIGO and Virgo have detected long-anticipated gravitational waves from a black hole merging with a neutron star.

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  7. illustration of the milky way galaxy
    Physics

    Dark matter may slow the rotation of the Milky Way’s central bar of stars

    A method akin to studying a tree’s rings revealed the history of a slowdown of the rotating bar of stars at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy.

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  8. a row of stars in the night sky, with the milky way in the background
    Astronomy

    Any aliens orbiting these 2,000 stars could spot Earth crossing the sun

    Alien astronomers in those star systems could discover Earth the way we find exoplanets: by watching for a dip in starlight.

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  9. four images of Betelgeuse before and during its Great Dimming
    Astronomy

    Dust and a cold spell on Betelgeuse could explain why the giant star dimmed

    Scientists had two options to explain Betelgeuse’s weird behavior in late 2019. They chose both.

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