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Nova Visible With Naked Eye
2013-08-20 10:36:11

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online White dwarfs – small balls of carbon and oxygen, the core remnants of Sun-like stars that reached the ends of their lives – give off a soft glow of light, slowly fading as the heat from their surfaces escapes into the coldness of space. These dead cores will eventually dim and cool, as nuclear fusion has long ceased. However, there are some that live on. These white dwarfs orbit in close binary systems with another star. If...

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2011-05-23 14:40:29

Though the universe is filled with billions upon billions of stars, the discovery of a single variable star in 1923 altered the course of modern astronomy. And, at least one famous astronomer of the time lamented that the discovery had shattered his world view. The star goes by the inauspicious name of Hubble variable number one, or V1, and resides in the outer regions of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy, or M31. But in the early 1900s, most astronomers considered the Milky Way a single...

2005-08-27 09:50:00

AAVSO -- Amateur astronomers are being asked to help a constellation of observatories unravel the mysteries of a puzzling binary star system. On August 30-August 31, 2005 two space-based and four professional ground-based observatories are scheduled to observe the cataclysmic variable star AE Aqr. Each of the observatories covers a different wavelength of light and amateur astronomers have been asked to help cover the visible-light portion. "This observing campaign will take place over...