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"Mini supernova" explosion could have big impact

In Hollywood blockbusters, explosions are often among the stars of the show. In space, explosions of actual stars are a focus for scientists who hope to better understand their births, lives, and deaths and how they interact ...

dateMar 16, 2015 in Astronomy
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How do you jumpstart a dead star?

It's a staple of science fiction, restarting our dying star with some kind of atomic superbomb. Why is our sun running out of fuel, and what can we actually do to get it restarted?

dateMar 14, 2014 in Astronomy
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Unique eclipsing binary star system discovered

( -- Astrophysicists at UC Santa Barbara are the first scientists to identify two white dwarf stars in an eclipsing binary system, allowing for the first direct radius measurement of a rare white dwarf composed ...

dateMay 19, 2010 in Astronomy
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Hubble finds telltale fireball after gamma ray burst

( —NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has provided the strongest evidence yet that short-duration gamma-ray bursts are triggered by the merger of two small, super-dense stellar objects, such as a pair of neutron stars ...

dateAug 03, 2013 in Astronomy
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