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Hubble shows light echo expanding from exploded star
Light from a supernova explosion in the nearby starburst galaxy M82 is reverberating off a huge dust cloud in interstellar space. (2017-11-09)
Star exploded, survived, and exploded again more than 50 years later
It's the celestial equivalent of a horror movie villain--a star that wouldn't stay dead. (2017-11-08)
Astronomers discover a star that would not die
An international team of astronomers has made a bizarre discovery; a star that refuses to stop shining. (2017-11-08)
A star that would not die
UCSB astrophysicists and LCO astronomers study a supernova that challenges known theories of how certain stars end their lives. (2017-11-08)
Astronomers first to see source of gravitational waves in visible light
For the first time, astronomers have observed in visible light a cataclysmic cosmic event that generated gravitational waves detected on Earth. (2017-10-16)
Astronomers follow gravitational waves to treasure
Astronomers have tracked down the source of a gravitational wave and discovered the first observed kilonova: a nuclear furnace 100 million times brighter than the Sun producing thousands of times the entire mass of the Earth in heavy elements such as precious metals. (2017-10-16)
Catch a fleeting kilonova
Alerted by the first-ever gravitational waves caused by two neutron stars merging, UCSB astronomers detect the resulting optical flash (2017-10-16)
RIT researchers help usher in era of multi-messenger astronomy with LIGO discovery
Rochester Institute of Technology played a significant role in the breakthrough discovery of colliding neutron stars, cosmic collision detected in gravitational waves and in light. (2017-10-16)
Students in right place, right time witness first-ever detected neutron star collision
New research published in Science details perhaps one of the biggest discoveries so far in the field of astrophysics: the merger of two neutron stars. (2017-10-16)
Astronomers use IAC instrument to probe the origins of cosmic rays
In November 1572 a supernova explosion was observed in the direction of the constellation of Cassiopeia, and its most famous observer was Tycho Brahe, one of the founders of modern observational astronomy. (2017-10-06)
Violent helium reaction on white dwarf surface triggers supernova explosion
An international research team are the first to find solid evidence about what triggered a star to explode, which will contribute to a further understanding of supernova history and behavior. (2017-10-05)
Surface helium detonation spells end for white dwarf
An international team of researchers has found evidence that the brightest stellar explosions in our Universe could be triggered by helium nuclear detonation near the surface of a white dwarf star. (2017-10-04)
Prime candidate to explain cosmic ray sea runs short of energy
The very high-energy part of the spectrum of Cassiopeia A results from the cosmic rays within the remnant. (2017-09-19)
New supernova analysis reframes dark energy debate
The accelerating expansion of the Universe may not be real, but could just be an apparent effect, according to new research published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. (2017-09-13)
Ultraviolet light from superluminous supernova key to revealing explosion mechanism
An international team of researchers led by Kavli IPMU's Alexey Tolstov and Ken'ichi Nomoto have discovered a way to use UV light from superluminous supernovae to uncover its explosion mechanism, and used it to identify Gaia16apd as a shock-interacting supernova, reports a new study. (2017-09-07)
Accretion-powered pulsar reveals unique timing glitch
The discovery of the largest timing irregularity yet observed in a pulsar is the first confirmation that pulsars in binary systems exhibit the strange phenomenon known as a 'glitch.' The study is published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. (2017-09-06)
Stellar corpse sheds light on origin of cosmic rays
New research revealed that the entire zoo of electromagnetic radiation streaming from the Crab nebula -- one of the most iconic objects in the sky -- has its origin in one population of electrons and must be produced in a different way than scientists have traditionally thought. (2017-09-01)
UChicago scientists detect first X-rays from mystery supernovas
A team of scientists, including scholars from the University of Chicago, appear to have found the first X-rays coming from type Ia supernovae. (2017-08-23)
OU astrophysicist predicts detached, eclipsing white dwarfs to merge into exotic star
A University of Oklahoma astrophysicist, Mukremin Kilic, and his team have discovered two detached, eclipsing double white dwarf binaries with orbital periods of 40 and 46 minutes, respectively. (2017-08-18)
An unusual white dwarf may be a supernova leftover
Astronomers have identified a white dwarf star in our galaxy that may be the leftover remains of a recently discovered type of supernova. (2017-08-17)
Astrophysicists explain the mysterious behavior of cosmic rays
The model focuses mainly on the nature of Fermi bubbles and explains the spectral distribution of the observed cosmic rays flux. (2017-08-17)
A fleeting blue glow
In the 2009 film 'Star Trek,' a supernova hurtles through space and obliterates a planet unfortunate enough to be in its path. (2017-08-14)
Get them while they're young: Astronomers catch exploding supernova early
Thanks to a global network of telescopes, astronomers have caught the fleeting explosion of a Type Ia supernova in unprecedented detail. (2017-08-14)
New mission going to the space station to explore mysteries of 'cosmic rain'
The ongoing fires that have been plaguing British Columbia for most of the summer are causing air hazards across the province and even parts of the US. (2017-08-11)
Galactic winds push researchers to probe galaxies at unprecedented scale
After using the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to rule out a potential mechanism for galactic wind, UC Santa Cruz astrophysicist Brant Robertson and University of Arizona graduate student Evan Schneider, now a Hubble Fellow at Princeton University, are aiming to generate nearly a trillion-cell simulation of an entire galaxy, which would be the largest simulation of a galaxy ever. (2017-08-10)
Chaco Canyon petroglyph may represent ancient total eclipse says CU professor
As the hullabaloo surrounding the Aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun swells by the day, a University of Colorado Boulder faculty member says a petroglyph in New Mexico's Chaco Canyon may represent a total eclipse that occurred there a thousand years ago. (2017-08-09)
Our Solar System's 'shocking' origin story
According to one longstanding theory, our Solar System's formation was triggered by a shock wave from an exploding supernova. (2017-08-03)
Astronomers discover 'heavy metal' supernova rocking out
A team of astronomers led by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has discovered that an extraordinarily bright supernova occurred in a surprising location. (2017-07-31)
Massive star's dying blast caught by rapid-response telescopes
A blast of gamma rays from space detected in June 2016 is helping astronomers resolve long-standing questions about the universe's most powerful explosions. (2017-07-26)
Superluminous supernova marks the death of a star at cosmic high noon
The death of a massive star in a distant galaxy 10 billion years ago created a rare superluminous supernova, one of the most distant ever discovered. (2017-07-21)
Cosmic 'dust factory' reveals clues to how stars are born
A group of scientists led by researchers at Cardiff University have discovered a rich inventory of molecules at the center of an exploded star for the very first time. (2017-07-10)
Heart of an exploded star observed in 3-D
Deep inside the remains of an exploded star lies a twisted knot of newly minted molecules and dust. (2017-07-10)
Researchers show how to make your own supernova
Researchers from the University of Oxford are using the largest, most intense lasers on the planet, to for the first time, show the general public how to recreate the effects of supernovae, in a laboratory. (2017-07-06)
Radioactive elements in Cassiopeia A suggest a neutrino-driven explosion
Using elaborate computer simulations, a team of researchers from RIKEN in Japan and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) were able to explain the recently measured spatial distributions of radioactive titanium and nickel in Cassiopeia A, a roughly 340 year old gas remnant of a nearby supernova. (2017-06-21)
Celestial boondocks: Study supports the idea we live in a void
A new study by a UW-Madison undergraduate not only firms up the idea that we exist in one of the holes of the Swiss cheese structure of the cosmos, but helps ease the apparent disagreement between different measurements of the Hubble Constant, the unit cosmologists use to describe the rate at which the universe is expanding today. (2017-06-06)
The big star that couldn't become a supernova
For the first time in history, astronomers have been able to watch as a dying star was reborn as a black hole. (2017-05-25)
Collapsing star gives birth to a black hole
Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole. (2017-05-25)
Volunteers help ANU find star that exploded 970 million years ago, predating the dinosaurs
Online volunteers have helped astronomers at The Australian National University find a star that exploded 970 million years ago, predating the dinosaurs' time on Earth. (2017-05-24)
VLA reveals new object near supermassive black hole in famous galaxy
When astronomers took a new look at a famous galaxy with the upgraded Very Large Array, they were surprised by the appearance of a new, bright object that had not appeared in previous images. (2017-05-23)
Research increases distance at which supernova would spark mass extinctions on Earth
KU researcher Adrian Melott examines the effects of a supernova on Earth's biology in new research to appear in Astrophysical Journal. (2017-05-11)
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