This post is Part 1 in a new series, Eve vs. Reality, which compares in-game phenomena to their out-of-game counterparts.
Welcome to the first part in what will hopefully become a long-running series comparing… 1,662 more words
by Shane L. Larson
Black holes emit no light, by definition. For many years, the only hope astronomers had of detecting these enigmatic objects was to look for how they interact with other astrophysical objects, like stars and gas. 2,646 more words
I confess to being a tad ambivalent about Baxter’s work which confuses me a little. They are eminently readable and my limited knowledge of Science gives me no reason to question any of the Chemistry or Physics upon which Baxter has based this novel. 617 more words
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
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