Latest Kip Thorne Stories

Astronomers Discover Bizarre Type Of Hybrid Star
2014-06-05 03:57:41

CU-Boulder In a discovery decades in the making, scientists have detected the first of a “theoretical” class of stars first proposed in 1975 by physicist Kip Thorne and astronomer Anna Żytkow. Thorne-Żytkow objects (TŻOs) are hybrids of red supergiant and neutron stars that superficially resemble normal red supergiants, such as Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion. They differ, however, in their distinct chemical signatures that result from unique activity in their stellar...

2011-04-11 14:00:07

When black holes slam into each other, the surrounding space and time surge and undulate like a heaving sea during a storm. This warping of space and time is so complicated that physicists haven't been able to understand the details of what goes on"”until now. "We've found ways to visualize warped space-time like never before," says Kip Thorne, Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). By combining theory with computer...

2009-12-16 09:10:47

Within a decade scientists could be able to detect the merger of tens of pairs of black holes every year, according to a team of astronomers at the University of Bonn's Argelander-Institut fuer Astronomie, who publish their findings in a paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. By modeling the behavior of stars in clusters, the Bonn team find that they are ideal environments for black holes to coalesce. These merger events produce ripples in time and space (gravitational...

2008-04-08 15:55:00

The same team of astrophysicists that cracked the computer code simulating two black holes crashing and merging together has now, for the first time, caused a three-black-hole collision.Manuela Campanelli, Carlos Lousto and Yosef Zlochower"”scientists in Rochester Institute of Technology's Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation"”simulated triplet black holes to test their breakthrough method that, in 2005, merged two of these large mass objects on a supercomputer...

2006-06-15 06:15:00

By Tatiana Siegel and Borys Kit LOS ANGELES -- Steven Spielberg is set to defy gravity in a new film he will direct for Paramount Pictures. The Oscar-winning filmmaker's latest venture is an untitled sci-fi film that delves into Caltech physicist Kip Thorne's theories of gravity fields. Although the project is considered embryonic -- it has no screenplay and would likely take at least three years to make -- Thorne wrote a treatment with the help of producer and science enthusiast Lynda Obst,...

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