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August Supernova Was A White Dwarf
2012-01-11 13:25:22

Fluke observation 4 hours after star exploded allows stronger limits on size of progenitor Last year's discovery of the nearest Type Ia supernova in decades — captured only 11 hours after it exploded — allowed astronomers to finally cinch the identity of the stars behind these explosions, which have become key measures of cosmic distance. That supernova, called SN2011fe, and presumably most Type Ia supernovae were originally white dwarfs extremely dense and compact stars...

2009-08-27 11:20:00

 With the casting today (Wed., Aug. 26) of a 6.5-meter mirror in Arizona, Mexican and American astronomers have taken the first step toward creation of a major new telescope that will survey infrared objects in the northern sky with unprecedented sensitivity.The new mirror is destined for the planned San Pedro Mártir Telescope, which would be built at the San Pedro Mártir Observatory in Baja California, Mexico.When completed in 2017, the telescope will begin the Synoptic...

2009-06-08 11:25:00

Gamma-ray bursts, with their ability to pierce through gas and dust to shine brightly across the universe, are revealing areas of intense star formation and stellar death where astronomers have been unable to look - the dusty corners of otherwise dust-free galaxies.The conclusion comes from a survey of "dark" gamma-ray bursts - bright in gamma- and X-ray emissions, but with little or no visible light - reported today (Monday, June 8) at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in...

2005-06-01 07:01:08

Minneapolis, Minn. -- Astronomers have uncovered tantalizing insights into the origin of short gamma-ray bursts "“ mysterious, split-second high-energy flashes that have eluded detailed study until now. Unlike their long-duration cousins, which are known to arise when massive young stars die, short bursts are thought to occur when old, dense neutron stars collide. New evidence supports this distinct progenitor population, heralding the opening of a new chapter in the study of nature's...

2005-05-12 07:30:00

Cambridge, MA -- Reporting in the May 12th issue of Nature, astronomers announced that they have penetrated the heart of the universe's most powerful explosion - a gamma-ray burst (GRB). Using the PAIRITEL (Peters Automated Infrared Imaging Telescope) robotic telescope on Mt. Hopkins, Arizona, they detected a flash of infrared light accompanying the burst of high-energy radiation that signaled the death of a star roughly fifteen times more massive than the Sun. "This is the first time...

Word of the Day
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.