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The golden anniversary of black-hole singularity

When a star collapses forming a black hole, a space-time singularity is created wherein the laws of Physics no longer work. In 1965 Sir Roger Penrose presented a theorem where he associated that singularity with so-called ...

dateOct 01, 2015 in Astronomy
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First gamma-ray Images from new H.E.S.S. camera

The first of four new gamma-ray cameras has recorded its first light at the gamma-ray observatory H.E.S.S. (High Energy Stereoscopic System) in Namibia. In July, a team of ten colleagues from DESY Zeuthen had upgraded the ...

dateOct 01, 2015 in Astronomy
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Searching for orphan stars amid starbirth fireworks

A new Gemini Observatory image reveals the remarkable "fireworks" that accompany the birth of stars. The image captures in unprecedented clarity the fascinating structures of a gas jet complex emanating from a stellar nursery ...

dateSep 30, 2015 in Astronomy
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An army of tiny robots that tracks galaxies

Why is the universe expanding at an increasing rate? Scientists will attempt to gain a better understanding of this phenomenon by mapping the distribution of galaxies in the universe. Astrophysicists and robotics engineers ...

dateSep 30, 2015 in Astronomy
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The most stable source of light in the world

In order to be able to detect planets comparable to Earth, the CHEOPS satellite, which will be sent into orbit at the end of 2017, must be able to measure the luminosity of a star with inimitable accuracy. In order to test ...

dateSep 30, 2015 in Astronomy
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Can you kill a star with iron?

Since the energy required to fuse iron is more than the energy that you get from doing it, could you use iron to kill a star like our sun?

dateSep 29, 2015 in Astronomy
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When black holes collide

Picture the scene: two gigantic black holes, each one a good fraction of the size of our Solar System spiralling around each other. Closer and closer they draw until they touch and merge into a single, even more gigantic ...

dateSep 29, 2015 in Astronomy
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