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A Nearby Star Has Completely Blasted Away the Atmosphere From its Planet

   24 Oct 20:00:09  |  Universe Today

What if you placed an Earth-sized planet in a close orbit around an M-dwarf star? It’s more than an academic question since M dwarfs are the most numerous stars we know. A group of astronomers studying the planet GJ 1252b found an answer and it’s not pretty. Since this planet is so close to its …
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NASA Provides a Timelapse Movie Showing How the Universe Changed Over 12 Years

   24 Oct 20:00:09  |  Universe Today

The Universe is over 13 billion years old, so a 12-year slice of that time might seem uneventful. But a timelapse movie from NASA shows how much can change in just over a decade. Stars pulse, asteroids follow their trajectories, and distant black holes flare as they pull gas and dust toward themselves. NASA launched …
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Scientists Find an Ancient Stellar Catalog Written by Hipparcus Hidden in a Medieval Tome

   23 Oct 20:00:07  |  Universe Today

Spectral imaging reveals the Hipparchus astronomical catalog was much more precise than we thought.
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A Black Hole is Hurling a jet of Material at its Neighboring Galaxy

   23 Oct 20:00:07  |  Universe Today

It’s been a banner time for black hole research! In recent months, astrophysicists have announced the discovery of the most powerful gamma-ray burst ever recorded (due to the formation of a black hole), a monster black hole in our cosmic backyard, the frame-dragging effects of a binary black hole, and the remains of the 2017 …
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Here?s Webb?s View of the Pillars of Creation

   19 Oct 20:00:14  |  Universe Today

The James Webb Space Telescope is living up to expectations. When it was launched, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said it would “… open up secrets of the universe that will be just stupendous, if not almost overwhelming.” Nelson’s statement rings true a few months into the telescope’s multi-year mission. We’ve never seen the Pillars of …
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Astronomers Just saw the Most Powerful Gamma-ray Burst Ever Recorded

   19 Oct 20:00:13  |  Universe Today

In a series of studies, two teams of astronomers shared their data on the closest and most powerful gamma ray burst ever observed.
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Remembering the Gutsy and Hilarious Apollo Astronaut Jim McDivitt

   18 Oct 20:00:05  |  Universe Today

Former NASA astronaut Jim McDivitt, who commanded the important Gemini IV and Apollo 9 missions ? both crucial for NASA’s ability to reach the Moon — has died at age 93. His family said he passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 13, 2022. As an Air Force Pilot, McDivitt flew 145 combat missions …
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Hubble Examines the Wreckage From the 2017 Kilonova

   18 Oct 20:00:05  |  Universe Today

A team of astrophysicists examined the site of the 2017 kilonova explosion and observed a rapidly-spinning disk and relativistic jets.
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Shortly Before They Collided, two Black Holes Tangled Spacetime up Into Knots

   17 Oct 20:00:23  |  Universe Today

An international team led from Cardiff University has confirmed that black hole binaries experience precession.
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Arecibo Won?t Be Rebuilt

   17 Oct 20:00:23  |  Universe Today

The National Science Foundation announced last week that it won?t rebuild or replace the iconic Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which collapsed in 2020. Instead, the NSF says they have solicited calls for proposals to build a multidisciplinary educational center at the site. Additionally, the plans do not appear to allow for any future science …
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