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NASA to launch first-ever neutron-star mission

Nearly 50 years after British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell discovered the existence of rapidly spinning neutron stars, NASA will launch the world's first mission devoted to studying these unusual objects.

dateJun 01, 2017 in Astronomy
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Hubble captures the beating heart of the Crab Nebula

Peering deep into the core of the Crab Nebula, this close-up image reveals the beating heart of one of the most historic and intensively studied remnants of a supernova, an exploding star. The inner region sends out clock-like ...

dateJul 07, 2016 in Astronomy
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Neutron star merger confirms decades of predictions

On Aug. 17, the Laser Interferometry Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected the fifth fingerprint of a massive disturbance in spacetime since LIGO began operations in September 2015. Unlike the first four sets of ...

dateNov 02, 2017 in Astronomy
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Neutrons find 'missing' magnetism of plutonium

Groundbreaking work at two Department of Energy national laboratories has confirmed plutonium's magnetism, which scientists have long theorized but have never been able to experimentally observe. The advances that enabled ...

dateJul 10, 2015 in General Physics
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Japan's black hole telescope is in trouble

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has lost contact with its X-ray Astronomy Satellite Hitomi (ASTRO-H.) Hitomi was launched on February 17th, for a 3-year mission to study black holes. But now that mission ...

dateMar 30, 2016 in Space Exploration
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Gravitational waves found, black-hole models led the way

Gravitational waves were predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity in 1916, and now, almost exactly 100 years later, the faint ripples across space-time have been found. The advanced Laser Interferometric Gravitational-wave ...

dateFeb 11, 2016 in Astronomy
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