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the geometry of nuclear black hole accretion disks

Supermassive black holes with millions or even billions of solar-masses of material are found at the nuclei of most galaxies, including our Milky Way. A torus of dust and gas orbits around the black hole (at least according ...

dateJan 03, 2018 in Astronomy
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A new stellar X-ray 'reality' show debuts

A new project using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes allows people to navigate through real data of the remains of an exploded star for the first time.

dateDec 27, 2017 in Astronomy
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HATSouth discovers four 'hot Jupiter' exoplanets

An international team of astronomers reports the discovery of four new 'hot Jupiter' extrasolar worlds by the HATSouth survey. The newly found exoplanets received designations HATS-50b through HATS-53b. The finding is presented ...

dateDec 27, 2017 in Astronomy report
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Image: Hubble captures planetary nebula NGC 6326

The Hubble Space Telescope captured what looks like a colorful holiday ornament in space. It's actually an image of NGC 6326, a planetary nebula with glowing wisps of outpouring gas that are lit up by a central star nearing ...

dateDec 27, 2017 in Astronomy
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