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Unveiling The Milky Way
Researchers have produced the largest, highest-resolution radio image ever of the Milky Way's center. (1999-02-01)

Astrophysicists Puzzle Over Intergalactic Coincidence
A NASA astrophysicist argues against the linkage between supernovae and cosmic gamma-ray bursts. (1999-01-20)

"Missing" Pulsars Within Exploded Stars Identified By Columbia, Caltech Astronomers
Although astronomers predict that supernova remnants should hold rapidly-spinning radio pulsars, few such stars have been observed. Columbia and Caltech astronomers propose an explanation: The expected pulsars do exist, but they are slowly spinning neutron stars invisible to radio probes and have enormous magnetic fields -- so-called (1999-01-07)

UW Astronomers Have A Hand In 'Science' Breakthrough Of The Year
Two University of Washington astronomy professors and two UW graduate students were among dozens of scientists on two teams who this year showed that the expansion of the universe is actually accelerating, a discovery lauded by the journal (1998-12-17)

Science Magazine Announces Breakthrough Of The Year: Berkeley Lab's Supernova Cosmology Project A Winner
By observing distant, ancient exploding stars, scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and elsewhere have determined that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate -- an observation that implies the existence of a mysterious, self-repelling property of space. This finding has been named Science magazine's (1998-12-17)

NSF-Funded Research Heads Science Magazine's Top Ten Advances Of 1998
National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported research led to the two most important scientific advances in 1998, according to a new Science magazine summary of the ten discoveries it considered the most important of the year. The list is released in the December 18th edition. (1998-12-17)

High School Students Discover Distant Asteroid Using NSF Telescope And Education Program
High school students have discovered a previously unidentified celestial object in the Kuiper Belt using images from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) 4-meter Blanco Telescope in Chile. (1998-11-20)

Discovery Of A Young Near-By Supernova Remnant
X-ray astronomers and g-ray astronomers of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching/Germany, have discovered a young supernova remnant which is exceptionally close to Earth (Nature, Vol. 396, 12 November 1998). The remnant is just 700 light years away and it was created about 700 years ago when a star exploded in the southern sky in the constellation Vela ( (1998-11-13)

Astronomers May Have Got It Wrong About Neutron Stars
Scientists may have got it all wrong about how pulsars are born when a dying star explodes as a supernova. Contrary to current theories a Japanese-American satellite has found that pulsars that emit X-rays in supernova remnants outnumber those pulsars that emit radio waves. (1998-09-30)

Tremendous Gamma-Ray Flare Blasts Earth
An intense wave of gamma rays, emanating from a catastrophic magnetic flare on a mysterious star 20,000 light years away, struck the Earth's atmosphere on August 27, 1998, providing important clues about some of the most unusual stars in the Universe. Scientists said the gamma radiation posed no health risk to humans. (1998-09-29)

Crusty Young Star Makes Its Presence Known
August 27th gamma ray flash zaps satellites, illuminates Earth, and sheds light on several mysterious stellar events. (1998-09-29)

Looking For Pulsars Living In The Fast Lane
Scientists are looking for bizarre, short-lived, powerhouse stars that burst with some of the brightest energy in the universe. Using AXAF, they hope to find some of the few that may exist. (1998-09-21)

Superfast Jets From Expoding Stars Could Explain Cosmic Speed Freaks
Gamma-ray bursts may be produced by the debris expelled from a supernova in a hyperfast jet, according to an astronomer in New Jersey. His theory would also explain why some pulsars are moving at speeds ten times faster than ordinary stars. (1998-09-16)

A Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On: Starquakes Lead To Discovery Of First New Soft Gamma Repeater In 19 Years
Starquakes lead to the discovery of a very weird kind of star - with an incredibly strong magnetic field - only the fourth ever discovered. (1998-07-09)

Why Neutron Stars And White Dwarfs Rotate: Kicks At Birth, Not Inheritance
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics and at Caltech explain in (1998-05-26)

"Magnetar" Discovery Solves 19-Year-Old Mystery: Dead Stars Have Active Afterlife With Starquakes And Bursts Of Gamma Rays
In the May 21 issue of Nature magazine, scientists tie together two rare, very peculiar classes of stars, and put the evolution of neutron stars and even galaxies in a new light, with the discovery of objects dubbed (1998-05-20)

Aussies First To See Likely Black Hole Birth
Australian astronomers believe they may be witnessing a black hole being born as the core of a super-massive star collapses in on itself. (1998-05-08)

Stingray In The Sky Sparks New Theory
Australian astronomers have put forward a new theory to explain a weird stingray shaped remnant of a giant exploded star or supernova. (1998-05-07)

Colliding Galaxies Trigger Stellar Births, Astronomers Say
By comparing high-resolution, multi-wavelength observations with advanced computer simulations, astronomers at the University of Illinois are obtaining a clearer understanding of how stars form when galaxies collide. (1998-02-06)

Columbia, Cerro Tololo Team Decodes Events That Led To Brightest Supernova In 400 Years
Astronomers from Columbia University and the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory have measured events that will help scientists discover what led to the brilliant explosion of Supernova 1987A, the brightest supernova observed in nearly four centuries. They determined the velocity of gases ejected during an early phase of supernova formation. (1998-01-08)

Distant Exploding Stars Foretell Fate Of The Universe
New studies of exploding stars in the farthest reaches of deep space indicate that the universe will expand forever, according to findings of the Supernova Cosmology Project, an international team of astrophysicists based at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. (1998-01-08)

Plasmas In Pittsburgh
Physicists will report the latest discoveries about the fourth state of matter at the 1997 meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics. (1997-11-13)

Twinkle, Twinkle, Massive Fireball
Dr. Dale Frail and Dr. Greg Taylor of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory today disclosed the results of the first radio astronomy observations of a gamma ray burst. They calculate that at least one gamma ray burst has expanded to 85 times the size of our solar system and is still growing. (1997-09-19)

Hubble is first to spot colliding supernovas
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have taken the first images clearly showing two neighboring supernovas colliding. The interaction of the two exploding stars is producing a tremendous display in a galaxy 17 million light years from Earth. (1997-06-10)

Smoking Galaxy Weaves Web Of 'Pollution' - And A Mystery
Where there is smoke, there is fire. And when a galaxy smokes, supernovas are usually involved, or so astronomers thought. But now, in a stunning picture that reveals a distant galaxy entangled in a vast web of dust clouds, astronomers are rethinking how galaxies (1997-06-09)

Discovery Of Supernova Remnants May Shed Light On Birth Of Stars
New observations reveal that a previously known supernova remnant in the Large Magellanic Cloud is, in fact, two colliding supernova remnants, a team of researchers from the University of Illinois reports. (1997-02-11)

Supernova 1987A Expected To Light Up The Sky Once Again
Supernova 1987A, which provided astronomers a spectacular show 10 years ago, is brightening once again as a rapidly expanding debris cloud from the original explosion slams into an enormous ring of hydrogen gas encircling the dying star (1997-01-14)

New Space Observatory To Probe Mysterious X-Rays In The Sky
A new space observatory built at Penn State and known as (1996-10-26)

ORNL Facility May Help Solve Stellar Mysteries
Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory on August 30 generated the first radioactive ion beam at the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility. Researchers from around the world soon will begin using this facility to study nuclei that cannot be produced from elements that exist on Earth (1996-08-30)

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