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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 ...

dateNov 28, 2011 in Astronomy
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G299.2-2.9, a middle-aged supernova remnant

(PhysOrg.com) -- G299.2-2.9 is an intriguing supernova remnant found about 16,000 light years away in the Milky Way galaxy. Evidence points to G299.2-2.9 being the remains of a Type Ia supernova, where a white ...

dateOct 13, 2011 in Astronomy
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Team finds Type Ia supernovae parents

Type Ia supernovae are violent stellar explosions whose brightness is used to determine distances in the universe. Observing these objects to billions of light years away has led to the discovery that the universe is expanding ...

dateAug 11, 2011 in Astronomy
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Evolved stars locked in fatalistic dance

White dwarfs are the burned-out cores of stars like our Sun. Astronomers have discovered a pair of white dwarfs spiraling into one another at breakneck speeds. Today, these white dwarfs are so near they make ...

dateJul 13, 2011 in Astronomy
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'Zombie' stars key to measuring dark energy

"Zombie" stars that explode like bombs as they die, only to revive by sucking matter out of other stars. According to an astrophysicist at UC Santa Barbara, this isn't the plot for the latest 3D blockbuster ...

dateJun 30, 2011 in Astronomy
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Probing the origins of extreme neutron stars

(PhysOrg.com) -- Neutron stars are the unimaginably dense corpses of what were once much more massive stars that died while being ripped apart in a supernova explosion. Their average density is typically more than one billion ...

dateMay 31, 2011 in Astronomy
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Einstein@Home detects unusual stellar pair

(PhysOrg.com) -- Neutron stars are quite unique: the material they are made of is packed much more densely than conventional matter. They rotate extremely fast about their own axis, emitting radiation in the ...

dateApr 07, 2011 in Astronomy
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Did GD61 eat a Planetessimal?

The primary method by which astronomers hope to study exoplanet atmospheres is by detecting their absorption spectra as they transit their parent stars. However, another way would be to detect the signal of ...

dateJan 06, 2011 in Astronomy
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Will V445 puppis become a Ia supernova?

As the “V” in the designation of V445 Puppis indicates, this star was a variable star located in the constellation of Puppis. It was a fairly ordinary periodic variable, although with a rather complex ...

dateDec 06, 2010 in Astronomy
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