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Dormant black hole eats star, becomes X-ray flashlight

Roughly 90 percent of the biggest black holes in the known universe are dormant, meaning that they are not actively devouring matter and, consequently, not giving off any light or other radiation. But sometimes a star wanders ...

dateJun 22, 2016 in Astronomy
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New 'Einstein ring' is discovered

The PhD student Margherita Bettinelli, of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the University of La Laguna (ULL), together with an international team of astrophysicists has recently discovered an unusual astronomical ...

dateMay 31, 2016 in Astronomy
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Astronomers find giant planet around very young star

In contradiction to the long-standing idea that larger planets take longer to form, U.S. astronomers today announced the discovery of a giant planet in close orbit around a star so young that it still retains a disk of circumstellar ...

dateMay 26, 2016 in Astronomy
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Image: A mysterious ring of celestial microwaves

Fifty years ago, astronomers discovered a mystery. They called it Loop I. Today, we still have not fully resolved the mystery of how this giant celestial structure formed but we do now have the best image of it, thanks to ...

dateJun 07, 2016 in Astronomy
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