Astrophysical Journal

Black hole naps amidst stellar chaos

( —Nearly a decade ago, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory caught signs of what appeared to be a black hole snacking on gas at the middle of the nearby Sculptor galaxy. Now, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope ...

dateJun 11, 2013 in Astronomy
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Galaxies fed by funnels of fuel

( —Computer simulations of galaxies growing over billions of years have revealed a likely scenario for how they feed: a cosmic version of swirly straws.

dateMay 24, 2013 in Astronomy
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A hidden population of exotic neutron stars

( —Magnetars – the dense remains of dead stars that erupt sporadically with bursts of high-energy radiation - are some of the most extreme objects known in the Universe. A major campaign using NASA's Chandra ...

dateMay 23, 2013 in Astronomy
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Theorists weigh in on where to hunt dark matter

( —Now that it looks like the hunt for the Higgs boson is over, particles of dark matter are at the top of the physics "Most Wanted" list. Dozens of experiments have been searching for them, but often come up with ...

dateMay 22, 2013 in General Physics
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Hubble telescope breaks record for farthest supernova

( —The supernova, designated SN UDS10Wil, belongs to a special class of exploding stars known as Type Ia supernovae. These bright beacons are prized by astronomers because they can be used as a yardstick for measuring ...

dateApr 04, 2013 in Astronomy
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