Astrophysical Journal

New tool for galactic archaeology

(Phys.org) —Reconstructing the history of our Galaxy has just become a whole lot easier, thanks to a team of international astronomers led by Dr Luca Casagrande from the Research School of Astronomy and ...

dateApr 07, 2014 in Astronomy
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Sakurai's Object: Stellar evolution in real time

(Phys.org) —Stellar lifetimes are measured in billions of years, so changes in their appearance rarely take place on a human timescale. Thus an opportunity to observe a star passing from one stage of life ...

dateApr 02, 2014 in Astronomy
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Black hole makes 'String of Pearls' clusters

(Phys.org) —Huge young star clusters resembling a string of pearls around a black hole in the centre of a galaxy 120 million light-years away have been discovered by researchers at Swinburne University ...

dateApr 01, 2014 in Astronomy
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The search for seeds of black holes

(Phys.org) —How do you grow a supermassive black hole that is a million to a billion times the mass of our sun? Astronomers do not know the answer, but a new study using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared ...

dateMar 27, 2014 in Astronomy
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Hardy star survives supernova blast

(Phys.org) —When a massive star runs out fuel, it collapses and explodes as a supernova. Although these explosions are extremely powerful, it is possible for a companion star to endure the blast. A team ...

dateMar 20, 2014 in Astronomy
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Setting a trap for gravity waves

In 1996 Uros Seljak was a postdoc at Harvard, contemplating ways to extract information from the cosmic microwave background (CMB). The distribution of anisotropies, slight temperature differences, in the ...

dateMar 19, 2014 in General Physics
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Planet X myth debunked

It was an elusive planet that for 200 years appeared to explain Uranus's wobbly orbit. And there was the sister sun theorized to be near our solar system that caused asteroids to swerve toward Earth.

dateMar 16, 2014 in Astronomy
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A small step toward discovering habitable Earths

University of Arizona researchers snapped images of a planet outside our solar system with an Earth-based telescope using essentially the same type of imaging sensor found in digital cameras instead of an ...

dateMar 05, 2014 in Astronomy
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Image: Star factory NGC 7538

(Phys.org) —The billowing clouds portrayed in this image from ESA's Herschel observatory are part of NGC 7538, a stellar nursery for massive stars. Located around 9000 light-years away, this is one of the ...

dateMar 04, 2014 in Astronomy
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