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'Odd couple' binary makes dual gamma-ray flares

( -- In December 2010, a pair of mismatched stars in the southern constellation Crux whisked past each other at a distance closer than Venus orbits the sun. The system possesses a so-far unique blend of a hot ...

dateJun 29, 2011 in Astronomy
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X-ray illumination of supernova ejecta

( -- Supernovae are the explosive deaths of massive stars, cataclysms that disburse into space the chemical elements produced by nuclear reactions inside the progenitor stars. Understanding chemical enrichment ...

dateJun 24, 2011 in Astronomy
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Space image: Carina Nebula: 14,000+ Stars

( -- The Carina Nebula is a star-forming region in the Sagittarius-Carina arm of the Milky Way that is 7,500 light years from Earth and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory has detected more than 14,000 stars in the ...

dateOct 17, 2011 in Astronomy
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Hardy star survives supernova blast

( —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 of astronomers using ...

dateMar 20, 2014 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 the use of archives ...

dateOct 29, 2013 in Astronomy
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