I just read an article on NewScientist that researchers using the Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia have managed to capture “a gigantic but fleeting burst of radio waves … in the act for the first time, helping to narrow down the vast array of things that might cause them.” How awesome is that? 200 more words
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It’s not easy to weigh a star, but an international team of astronomers has done just that.
In fact, they’ve measured the masses of both stars in an odd binary star system some 25,000 light-years from Earth–and gauged the space-time warp resulting from the system’s intense gravitation. 374 more words
The youngest member of an important class of objects has been found using data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Australia Compact Telescope Array. A composite image shows the X-rays in blue and radio emission in purple, which have been overlaid on an optical field of view from the Digitized Sky Survey. 22 more words
A bull jumps over the moon, and a crab recalls an ancient explosion this week for stargazers.
The Crab Nebula, a sky-watching favorite, hides a fast-spinning neutron star in its center. 567 more words