Astrophysical Journal

Was Kepler's supernova unusually powerful?

(—In 1604, a new star appeared in the night sky that was much brighter than Jupiter and dimmed over several weeks. This event was witnessed by sky watchers including the famous astronomer Johannes Kepler. Centuries ...

dateSep 11, 2012 in Astronomy
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X-rays discovered from young supernova remnant

( -- Over fifty years ago, a supernova was discovered in M83, a spiral galaxy about 15 million light years from Earth. Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to make the first detection of X-rays ...

dateJul 31, 2012 in Astronomy
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Rare case of gravitational lensing reported (Update)

( -- Seeing is believing, except when you don't believe what you see. Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found a puzzling arc of light behind an extremely massive cluster of galaxies residing 10 ...

dateJun 26, 2012 in Astronomy
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WISE finds few brown dwarfs close to home

( -- Astronomers are getting to know the neighbors better. Our sun resides within a spiral arm of our Milky Way galaxy about two-thirds of the way out from the center. It lives in a fairly calm, suburb-like area ...

dateJun 08, 2012 in Astronomy
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Giant black hole kicked out of home galaxy

( -- Astronomers have found strong evidence that a massive black hole is being ejected from its host galaxy at a speed of several million miles per hour. New observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest ...

dateJun 04, 2012 in Astronomy
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Ghostly gamma-ray beams blast from Milky Way's center

( -- As galaxies go, our Milky Way is pretty quiet. Active galaxies have cores that glow brightly, powered by supermassive black holes swallowing material, and often spit twin jets in opposite directions. In contrast, ...

dateMay 29, 2012 in Astronomy
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Newfound exoplanet may turn to dust

Researchers at MIT, NASA and elsewhere have detected a possible planet, some 1,500 light years away, that appears to be evaporating under the blistering heat of its parent star. The scientists infer that a long tail of debris ...

dateMay 18, 2012 in Astronomy
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