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Discovery of the Musket Ball Cluster

(Phys.org) -- Using a combination of powerful observatories in space and on the ground, astronomers have observed a violent collision between two galaxy clusters in which so-called normal matter has been wrenched ...

dateApr 12, 2012 in Astronomy
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Was Kepler's supernova unusually powerful?

(Phys.org)—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 ...

dateSep 11, 2012 in Astronomy
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Exploding stars and stripes

The discovery of a pattern of X-ray "stripes" in the remains of an exploded star may provide the first direct evidence that a cosmic event can accelerate particles to energies a hundred times higher than achieved ...

dateMar 24, 2011 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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An Intergalactic Weather Map

(PhysOrg.com) -- This composite image shows an intergalactic "weather map" around the elliptical galaxy NGC 5813, the dominant central galaxy in a galaxy group located about 105 million light years away from ...

dateDec 08, 2010 in Astronomy
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Preserving the legacy of the X-ray universe

Every year, October is designated as American Archive Month. While many people may think "archive" means only dusty books and letters, there are, in fact, many other types of important archives. This includes ...

dateOct 29, 2013 in Astronomy
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Chandra images torrent of star formation

A new Chandra X-ray Observatory image of Messier 82, or M82, shows the result of star formation on overdrive. At a distance of only 12 million light years, M82 provides a unique cosmic laboratory for studying ...

dateJan 13, 2011 in Astronomy
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Galaxy cluster smashes distance record

The most distant galaxy cluster yet has been discovered by combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and optical and infrared telescopes. The cluster is located about 10.2 billion light years away, ...

dateOct 22, 2009 in Astronomy
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