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First evidence discovered of a gigantic remnant around an exploding star
SDSU professor helps discover precursors to the tools we use to map the universe. (2019-02-15)
Giant 'megalodon' shark extinct earlier than previously thought
'Megalodon' -- a giant predatory shark that has inspired numerous documentaries, books and blockbuster movies -- likely went extinct at least one million years earlier than previously thought, according to new research published Feb. (2019-02-13)
Do you like Earth's solid surface and life-inclined climate? Thank your lucky (massive) star
Earth's solid surface and moderate climate may be due, in part, to a massive star in the birth environment of the sun, according to new computer simulations of planet formation. (2019-02-11)
How hot are atoms in the shock wave of an exploding star?
A new method to measure the temperature of atoms during the explosive death of a star will help scientists understand the shock wave that occurs as a result of this supernova explosion. (2019-01-22)
Observations of nearby supernova and associated jet cocoon provide new insights on gamma-ray bursts
An international team of researchers including Chryssa Kouveliotou, a professor of physics at the George Washington University, discovered the missing link connecting hypernovae to GRBs in the form of a hot cocoon around the jets of matter expelled by the central engine as these spread through the outer layers of the progenitor star. (2019-01-17)
High-speed supernova reveals earliest moments of a dying star
An international team of researchers, including the University of Leicester, found evidence for the much theorized 'hot cocoon'. (2019-01-16)
Observations of a rare hypernova complete the picture of the death of the massive stars
The end of a star's life can occur in a tranquil manner in the case of low mass stars. (2019-01-16)
Astronomers find signatures of a 'messy' star that made its companion go supernova
On Jan. 10 at the 2019 American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle, an international team of astronomers announced that they have identified the type of companion star that made its partner in a binary system, a carbon-oxygen white dwarf star, explode. (2019-01-10)
Birth of a black hole or neutron star captured for first time
After combining several imaging sources, including hard X-rays and radiowaves, a Northwestern University-led team now speculates that the telescopes captured the exact moment a star collapsed to form a compact object, such as a black hole or neutron star. (2019-01-10)
Unusual supernova opens a rare window on the collapse of a star
An unusual supernova studied by multiple telescopes, including the SOAR telescope and other telescopes at the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) and NSF's Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), is thought to herald the birth of a new black hole or neutron star, caught at the exact moment of its creation. (2019-01-10)
First evidence of gigantic remains from star explosions
Astrophysicists have found the first ever evidence of gigantic remains being formed from repeated explosions on the surface of a dead star in the Andromeda Galaxy, 2.5 million light years from Earth. (2019-01-09)
Calibrating cosmic mile markers
New work from the Carnegie Supernova Project provides the best-yet calibrations for using type Ia supernovae to measure cosmic distances, which has implications for our understanding of how fast the universe is expanding and the role dark energy may play in driving this process. (2018-12-11)
Did supernovae kill off large ocean animals at dawn of Pleistocene?
The effects of a supernova -- and possibly more than one -- on large ocean life like school-bus-sized Megalodon 2.6 million years ago are detailed in a paper just published in Astrobiology. (2018-12-11)
Newly discovered supernova complicates origin story theories
A supernova discovered by an international group of astronomers including Carnegie's Tom Holoien andMaria Drout, and led by University of Hawaii's Ben Shappee, provides an unprecedented look at the first moments of a violent stellar explosion. (2018-11-29)
Scientists discover new 'pinwheel' star system
An international team of scientists has discovered a new, massive star system -- one that also challenges existing theories of how large stars eventually die. (2018-11-19)
Doomed star in Milky Way threatens rare gamma-ray burst
Researchers say a Wolf-Rayet star system -- nicknamed Apep after the Egyptian god of chaos -- has all the ingredients for a perfect stellar storm to produce a gamma-ray burst when it goes supernova. (2018-11-19)
Spectacular star system discovered which could explode in powerful cosmic firework display
A spectacular star system wrapped in an elegant spiral dust cloud has been discovered by astronomers. (2018-11-19)
Astronomers find possible elusive star behind supernova
Astronomers may have finally found a doomed star that seemed to have avoided detection before its explosive death. (2018-11-15)
Magnetic pumping pushes plasma particles to high energies
The solar wind is not a calm summer breeze. Instead, it is a roiling, chaotic mess of turbulence and waves. (2018-11-05)
Time-lapse shows thirty years in the life of supernova 1987A
Yvette Cendes, a graduate student with the University of Toronto and the Leiden Observatory, has created a time-lapse showing the aftermath of Supernova 1987A over a 25-year period, from 1992 to 2017. (2018-10-31)
Little supernova is big discovery: The origin of binary neutron stars
An international research team discovered the first recorded 'ultra-stripped supernova,' a rare, faint type of supernova that is believed to play a role in the formation of binary neutron star systems. (2018-10-12)
Dying star emits a whisper
The unexpectedly gentle death of a massive star suggests that it was being robbed by a dense companion lurking out of sight. (2018-10-11)
Massive star's unusual death heralds the birth of compact neutron star binary
Carnegie's Anthony Piro was part of a Caltech-led team of astronomers who observed the peculiar death of a massive star that exploded in a surprisingly faint and rapidly fading supernova, possibly creating a compact neutron star binary system. (2018-10-11)
Black holes ruled out as universe's missing dark matter
If dark matter consists of a plethora of primordial black holes, then their gravitational lensing -- magnifying and brightening distant objects -- should be detectable. (2018-10-02)
Simulations uncover why some supernova explosions produce so much manganese and nickel
Researchers have found white dwarf stars with masses close to the maximum stable mass are likely to produce large amounts of manganese, iron, and nickel after it orbits another star and explodes. (2018-09-26)
Hubble uncovers never-before-seen features around a neutron star
An unusual infrared light emission from a nearby neutron star detected by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope could indicate new features never before seen. (2018-09-17)
The surprising environment of an enigmatic neutron star
An unusual infrared emission detected by the Hubble Space Telescope from a nearby neutron star could indicate that the pulsar has features never before seen. (2018-09-17)
Astronomers witness birth of new star from stellar explosion
Astronomers have observed a new phenomena in the aftermath of a stellar explosion. (2018-09-12)
Chilean scientists discover crucial event right before the death of a star
Researchers using the DECam at the National Science Foundation's Blanco Telescope on Cerro Tololo in Chile detected a brightness prior to the shock breakout of a supernova that was not predicted in models. (2018-09-05)
Falling stars hold clue for understanding dying stars
An international team of researchers has proposed a new method to investigate the inner workings of supernovae explosions. (2018-09-03)
Veiled supernovae provide clue to stellar evolution
At the end of its life, a red supergiant star explodes in a hydrogen-rich supernova. (2018-09-03)
Telescope maps cosmic rays in large and small magellanic clouds
A radio telescope in outback Western Australia has been used to observe radiation from cosmic rays in two neighbouring galaxies, showing areas of star formation and echoes of past supernovae. (2018-09-03)
Astronomers blown away by historic stellar blast
Observations from the Gemini South and other telescopes in Chile played a critical role in understanding light echoes from a stellar eruption which occurred almost 200 years ago. (2018-08-02)
Enduring 'radio rebound' powered by jets from gamma-ray burst
Astronomers using ALMA studied a cataclysmic stellar explosion known as a gamma-ray burst, or GRB, and found its enduring 'afterglow.' The rebound, or reverse shock, triggered by the GRB's powerful jets slamming into surrounding debris, lasted thousands of times longer than expected. (2018-07-26)
Galaxy outskirts likely hunting grounds for dying massive stars and black holes
Findings from a Rochester Institute of Technology study provide further evidence that the outskirts of spiral galaxies host massive black holes. (2018-07-26)
A blazar is a source of high-energy neutrinos
A celestial object known as a blazar is a source of high-energy neutrinos, report two new studies. (2018-07-12)
Centenary of cosmological constant lambda
Physicists are now celebrating the 100th anniversary of the cosmological constant. (2018-07-11)
Astronomers observe the magnetic field of the remains of supernova 1987A
For the first time, astronomers have directly observed the magnetism in one of astronomy's most studied objects: the remains of Supernova 1987A (SN 1987A), a dying star that appeared in our skies over thirty years ago. (2018-06-29)
Astronomers see distant eruption as black hole destroys star
Scientists get first direct images showing fast-moving jet of particles ejected as a supermassive black hole at the core of a galaxy shreds a passing star. (2018-06-14)
A crowded neighborhood
Glowing brightly about 160,000 light-years away, the Tarantula Nebula is the most spectacular feature of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way. (2018-05-30)
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