News tagged with optical telescopes

An image gallery gift from Swift satellite

(Phys.org)—Of the three telescopes carried by NASA's Swift satellite, only one captures cosmic light at energies similar to those seen by the human eye. Although small by the standards of ground-based observatories, ...

dateDec 28, 2012 in Astronomy
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Powerful supercomputer makes ALMA a telescope

(Phys.org)—One of the most powerful calculating machines known to the civilian world has been installed and tested in a remote, high-altitude site in the Andes Mountains of northern Chile, marking one of ...

dateDec 21, 2012 in Astronomy
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How white dwarfs mimic black holes

(Phys.org)—A remarkable observation by astronomers from the University of Southampton has been published in one of the world's foremost astrophysics research journals.

dateDec 17, 2012 in Astronomy
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Highly inflated Jupiters

There are currently 851 confirmed extra-solar planets. Of these, 289 were detected because their orbits (as seen from Earth) take them across the face of their host star, dimming the star's light in a transit ...

dateDec 10, 2012 in Astronomy
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Planet 'devoured in secret' by its own sun

(Phys.org)—A planet roughly 1.4 times the size of Jupiter is being consumed by its own star behind a shroud thanks to a magnesium veil absorbing all of certain light wavelengths, according to new observations ...

dateNov 21, 2012 in Astronomy
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Abell 30: X-rays from a Reborn Planetary Nebula

(Phys.org)—These images of the planetary nebula Abell 30, (a.k.a. A30), show one of the clearest views ever obtained of a special phase of evolution for these objects. The inset image on the right is a ...

dateNov 15, 2012 in Astronomy
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Super-massive black hole inflates giant bubble

Like symbiotic species, a galaxy and its central black hole lead intimately connected lives. The details of this relationship still pose many puzzles for astronomers. Some black holes actively accrete matter. ...

dateOct 29, 2012 in Astronomy
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A new class of extragalactic objects

A blazar is a galaxy with an intensely bright central nucleus containing a supermassive black hole, much like a quasar. The difference is that a blazar can emit light with extremely high energy gamma rays ...

dateOct 29, 2012 in Astronomy
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