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How neutron stars are like (and unlike) black holes

Illustration of the structure of a neutron star. Credit: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center For astrophysicists neutron stars are extremely complex astronomical objects. Research conducted with the collaboration of SISSA and published in the journal Physical Review Letters demonstrates that ...

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Astronomers crack the Fried Egg Nebula

This visible light wide-field image of the region around the yellow hypergiant star IRAS 17163-3907 was created from photographs taken through … Astronomers crack the Fried Egg Nebula Using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), teams from The ...

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The Orion Nebula

  The Orion Nebula, or Messier 42, is a gaseous bubble 1470 light years from the Sun. This cloud represents the closest site of high-mass star formation to the sun, and therefore provides a unique laboratory for studies by astronomers ...

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Sagittarius Star Cloud

Sagittarius Star Cloud Messier 24 is something of an oddity, listed in Messier’s original catalog as a large “nebulosity” a degree and a half across, and comprising a superposition on the sky of many stars spread out at different distances ...

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Misaligned Planets in a Distant Star System

Misaligned Planets in a Distant Star System Using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, an international team of astronomers has discovered a distant planetary system featuring multiple planets orbiting at a severe tilt to their host star. Such tilted orbits ...

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Young stellar grouping called R136

The massive, young stellar grouping, called R136, is only a few million years old and resides in the 30 Doradus Nebula, a turbulent star-birth region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. There is ...

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Elephant’s Trunk Nebula

Elephant’s Trunk NebulaThis beauty is IC 13961 (more commonly known as the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula); a region that lies about 2,400 light-years from Earth in the quaint constellation of Cepheus. Also within the vicinity of IC 13961 is the larger ...

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Black Holes: So You *CAN* Divide By Zero

 “Black holes are where God (or the Flying Spaghetti monster, maybe) divided by zero.” That has to be one of my favorite math/science jokes. Surprisingly enough, weird things do happen to our equations when you work inside the event horizon ...

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hypergiants stars

 We’ve told you about all about VY Canis Majoris, the most sizable star in the known universe. Lurking in the cosmos some 4,900 light-years from earth (about 28.8 quadrillion miles from our home), Canis Majoris is a mammoth without compare. ...

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The Mysteries of Saturn

The quest for knowledge is just that: a quest. Sometimes this quest will take us to amazing and fantastical places—to the mountains of Mars, the insides of an atom, or a massive planet orbiting a distant star. Other times, this ...

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The Largest Known Spiral Galaxies

212 million light-years from Earth, NGC 6872 drifts silently through the cosmos. At first glance, NGC 6872 seems like any other spiral galaxy. And in truth, it is like any other spiral galaxy, except that NGC 6872 is amazingly huge. ...

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What is a Quasar

  Perhaps one of the most perplexing mysteries in current astrophysics is the science behind Quasars. Quasars, or “quasi-stellar radio sources” are the brightest and most distant star-like objects in the known universe. In fact, they are so bright and ...

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Secrets between M81 and M 82

 Discovered in December, 1774 by JE Bode at Berlin, these two deep sky favourites hold secrets between themselves. Photographed as early as March, 1899, this pair is central to a group of galaxies encompassing the northern circumpolar constellations of Ursa ...

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