News tagged with standard candles

Key link found in Cosmic Distance Ladder

( —When observing the bright explosion of a White Dwarf star in our neighbouring galaxy last year, researchers from The Australian National University collected the largest ever data set on what they recognised ...

dateJun 20, 2013 in Astronomy
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The progenitor problem

With so much of our current understanding of the universe based on Type 1a supernovae data, a good deal of current research is focused upon just how standard these supposed standard candles are. To date, the weight of analysis ...

dateNov 28, 2011 in Astronomy
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Cosmology standard candle not so standard after all

( -- Astronomers have turned up the first direct proof that "standard candles" used to illuminate the size of the universe, termed Cepheids, shrink in mass, making them not quite as standard as once thought. The ...

dateJan 12, 2011 in Astronomy
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Something new under a (dead) sun

For all their enormous size and furious energies, stars are remarkably simple. Knowing just their mass and the smattering of elements heavier than hydrogen we can predict their lives from cradles to grave. But every now and ...

dateApr 01, 2016 in Astronomy
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