Astrophysics

Breakthrough In Understanding Cosmic Forces That Shape Earth's Heliosphere

Astrophysicists have made a breakthrough discovery in our understanding of the cosmic forces that shape the heliosphere.
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Black Holes: What We Think We Know, We Don’t

It took Albert Einstein 10 years to find the equations of general relativity, but German astrophysicist Karl Schwarzschild only needed a few months to solve them. Schwarzschild’s solution describes the gravity of an isolated, spherical and...
Related topics: Black Holes, Albert Einstein, Relativity

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Studying Our Solar System's Protective Bubble

A multi-institutional team of astrophysicists headquartered at Boston University, led by BU astrophysicist Merav Opher, has made a breakthrough discovery in our understanding of the cosmic forces that shape the protective bubble surrounding our...
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Astronomers Observe A New Type Of Binary Star Long Predicted To Exist

Researchers at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian have observed a new type of binary star that has long been theorized to exist. The discovery finally confirms how a rare type of star in the universe forms and evolves.
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Astro2020 Decadal Survey Released - Nasa Ignores It

Keith's note: It has been 24 hours and NASA has made no mention of this report. This new Decadal Survey covers the astronomy and astrophysics things that NASA will spend billions on over the coming decades. You'd think that this forward-looking,...
Related topics: Polls, NASA, Space

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Hr Diagram: How We Learned That Stars Evolve

Just like you and me, stars change over time.By studying the characteristics of stars, like their temperature and luminosity, astrophysicists figured out how stars evolve over time.This amazing insight is the primary lesson of the...

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Astrophysicists Unveil Glut Of Gravitational-wave Detections

The latest bounty of 35 events features oddball black holes and a miniature neutron star -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Related topics: Black Holes, Neutron Stars

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Unraveling The Eclipses Of Millisecond Pulsars In A Compact Binary

A group of scientists working at the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), Pune have for the first time unraveled the eclipse mechanisms for the millisecond pulsars in compact binary systems using the upgraded Giant Metrewave Radio...
Related topics: Pulsars, Telescopes, Space

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Report Names Finding Earth-twin Exoplanet Among Top Astronomical Priorities For 2020s

A new report by academics on what they feel are the “key scientific challenges for astronomy and astrophysics in the next decade” says that finding an Earthlike planet is among the most important, and the US space agency NASA is going to need a...
Related topics: Exoplanets, Space, NASA

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Noirlab Response To Astro2020 Decadal Survey

NSF's NOIRLab fully supports the scientific vision of Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s and stands ready, along with our managing organization, AURA, to join our community in advocating for and contributing to the...
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How Muons Could Explain The Mysterious Handedness Of The Molecules Of Life

No one knows why biological molecules have a specific handedness. But the behavior of muons could hold the key, say astrophysicists.

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New Great Observatories, Including Lynx, Top Ranked By Decadal Survey

The Lynx X-Ray Observatory, conceived at the Center for Astrophysics, is included in a new series of powerful telescopes that have been recommended as a national priority.
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Astronomers Say It’s Time To Start Looking For Another Planet We Can Live On

Every ten years the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine publish the Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, which outlines the most significant priorities that astronomers should focus on in the following decade. This...
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Could Our Universe Be Someone’s Chemistry Project?

It is a pivotal time for astrophysicists, cosmologists, and philosophers alike. In the coming years, next-generation space and ground-based telescopes will come online that will use cutting-edge technology and machine learning to probe the deepest...
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Quick Action Let Hubble Watch The Earliest Stages Of An Unfolding Supernova Detonation

If it weren’t for supernova remnants we wouldn’t have much knowledge of supernovae themselves. If a supernova explosion is the end of a star’s life, then we can also thank forensic astrophysics for much of our knowledge. The...
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Starlight Catching System For 4most Is Unpacked In Potsdam

With construction for 4MOST, an instrument for spectroscopic sky surveys, underway, its first major subsystem arrived at the Babelsberg campus of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and is now being unpacked and assembled. The fiber...

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Blackhole With Warped Accretion Disc Discovered

An international team of astrophysicists from South Africa, the UK, France and the US have found large variations in the brightness of light seen from around one of the closest black holes in our Galaxy, 9,600 light-years from Earth, which they...
Related topics: Scientific Discoveries, Black Holes, Galaxies, Space

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Astrophysicists Reveal Largest-ever Suite Of Universe Simulations

Collectively clocking in at nearly 60 trillion particles, a newly released set of cosmological simulations is by far the biggest ever produced.

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Vikings Beat Columbus Across The Atlantic By 470 Years. Astrophysics And Tree Rings Helped...

L'Anse aux Meadows was a North American landing point for the Vikings and is now part of Canada's National Park system. The indentations in the earth show evidence of rows of Viking houses. Gail Shotlander/Getty Images The Vikings...

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Darmstadt, We Have A Problem – Esa Reveals Its Integral Space Telescope Was Three Hours From...

Gamma ray-spotting 'scope was spinning uncontrollably and unable to make 'leccy until dramatic rescue The European Space Agency (ESA) revealed on Monday that its 19-year-old International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) had a near-death...
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