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Giant ring of black holes

(PhysOrg.com) -- Just in time for Valentine's Day comes a new image of a ring -- not of jewels -- but of black holes.

Feb 09, 2011
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Can light orbit a black hole?

Since black holes are the most powerful gravitational spots in the entire Universe, can they distort light so much that it actually goes into orbit? And what would it look like if you could survive and follow ...

Mar 25, 2014
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A Star That Bursts, Blinks and Disappears

(PhysOrg.com) -- "Twinkle, twinkle little star" goes the nursery rhyme. Now, astronomers are reporting on a strange case where one of the littlest of stars "twinkled" with gamma rays, X-rays, and light -- ...

Sep 30, 2008
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Hubble scores a perfect ten

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Hubble Space Telescope is back in business after a one-month breakdown with a snapshot of the fascinating galaxy pair Arp 147. Scientists made two repair attempts, and last week's effort ...

Oct 30, 2008
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XMM-Newton's massive discovery

(PhysOrg.com) -- ESA's orbiting X-ray observatory XMM-Newton has discovered the most massive cluster of galaxies seen in the distant Universe until now. The galaxy cluster is so big that there can only be ...

Aug 25, 2008
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Hubble Pinpoints Record-Breaking Explosion

Researchers working at the University of Warwick, with colleagues in Leicester University, ESA and NASA, have used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to pin point what remains of what was the brightest naked-eye ...

Apr 11, 2008
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Image: Hubble sees a star set to explode

(Phys.org) —Floating at the center of this new Hubble image is a lidless purple eye, staring back at us through space. This ethereal object, known officially as [SBW2007] 1 but sometimes nicknamed SBW1, ...

Jan 20, 2014
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Terrestrial Planet Formation in Binary Star Systems

The list of confirmed extrasolar planets keeps growing, and has now passed two hundred members — almost all of which are gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn. But the hunt is on for Earth-like worlds! With the successful ...

Jan 26, 2007 feature
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Not a Quirk But a Quark ... a Quark Star!

Astronomers recently announced that they have found a novel explanation for a rare type of super-luminous stellar explosion that may have produced a new type of object known as a quark star.

Jun 27, 2008
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