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Dark Energy Survey Discovers Exotic Supernova
2014-06-26 03:28:35

Royal Astronomical Society The first images taken by the Dark Energy Survey (DES) after the survey began in August 2013 have revealed a rare, ‘superluminous’ supernova that erupted in a galaxy 7.8 billion light years away. The stellar explosion, called DES13S2cmm, easily outshines most galaxies in the Universe and could still be seen in the data six months later, at the end of the first of what will be five years of observing by DES. The event was discovered by Andreas Papadopoulos, a...

Have Experts Finally Solved The Mystery Of Magnetars?
2014-05-14 06:55:50

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When a massive star reaches the end of its life, it explodes in a brilliant supernova explosion. The remnant of the stellar core will usually form either a neutron star or a black hole. Occasionally, however, there emerges a third option: a magnetar. These exotic objects, share a lot in common with neutron stars. They are incredibly dense – second only to black holes in that regard – and spin very rapidly, though not...

magnetar surrounded by magnetic field lines
2014-05-07 11:54:39

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Neutron stars – also called pulsars for the way they send pulses of light across the Universe due to their high spin rates – are some of the most dynamic objects in the Universe, characterized by incredibly compact dimensions, focused beams of radiation, and incredible surface gravity. Additionally, these rapid rotators possess the strongest magnetic fields known to man – billions of times more powerful than anything ever...

simulation of the gas cloud G2's encounter with the supermassive black hole Sgr A*
2014-04-06 06:02:32

Megan Fellman, Northwestern University Gas cloud’s fate could reveal information on growth of supermassive black holes Right now a doomed gas cloud is edging ever closer to the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. These black holes feed on gas and dust all the time, but astronomers rarely get to see mealtime in action. Northwestern University’s Daryl Haggard has been closely watching the little cloud, called G2, and the black hole, called Sgr A*, as part...

2014-01-08 12:21:31

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recent observations by NASA's Swift spacecraft have provided scientists a unique glimpse into the activity at the center of our galaxy and led to the discovery of a rare celestial entity that may help them test predictions of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This week, at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in National Harbor, Md.,...

Light Echoes From The Black Hole At The Heart Of The Milky Way
2013-10-25 05:25:40

[ Watch the Video: Time-Lapse of Supermassive Black Hole Sagittarius A* ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online During the last few hundred years, the dim region very close to the supermassive black hole near the center of the Milky Way has flared up with at least two luminous outbursts, according to a team of researchers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. A new study of rapid variations in the X-ray emissions from gas clouds surrounding Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) -...

Odd Magnetar Has A Very Strong Magnetic Field
2013-08-15 04:36:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An odd type of neutron star located approximately 6,500 light years from Earth has one of the strongest magnetic fields in the universe – despite previous suggestions it possessed an unusually low magnetic field. Using the European Space Agency’s (ESA) XMM-Newton space telescope, a team of astronomers studied the object, a magnetar known as SGR 0418+5729 (SGR 0418). This dense and compact object, which is the dead core of a...

Highly Magnetized Pulsar At Galactic Center
2013-08-14 12:20:25

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online At the center of the Milky Way lurks a supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A*, with some four million times the mass of our Sun. More than any single object, it has the greatest impact on the formation, evolution and fate of our galaxy. However, probing this massive object is difficult. Due to the nature of black holes, most of what we learn about their existence is derived by observing their influence on other nearby...

Bursts Of Cosmic Radio Waves May Be From The Beginning Of The Universe
2013-07-05 05:13:51

[ Watch the Video: A Population of Fast Radio Bursts at Cosmological Distances ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers writing in the journal Science say they recently discovered mysterious bursts of radio waves originating from billions of light-years away. The scientists have already ruled out the possibility the bursts came from terrestrial sources. Based on the brightness and distance of the four radio waves, the researchers conclude they come from a...

Latest Magnetar Reference Libraries

2004-10-19 04:45:43

X-ray Pulsar -- This dramatic artist's vision shows a city-sized neutron star centered in a disk of hot plasma drawn from its enfeebled red companion star. Ravenously accreting material from the disk, the neutron star spins faster and faster emitting powerful particle beams and pulses of X-rays as it rotates 400 times a second. Could such a bizarre and inhospitable star system really exist in our Universe? Based on data from the orbiting Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite,...

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Pulsar -- A pulsar, which originally stood for pulsating radio source, is a rapidly rotating neutron star, whose electromagnetic radiation is observed in regularly spaced interval, or pulses. Pulsars are closely related to magnetars, the main difference being the strenght of the object's magnetic field. History Pulsars were discovered by Jocelyn Bell and Antony Hewish in 1967 while they were using a radio array to study the scintillation of quasars. They found a very regular...

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Magnetar -- A magnetar is a neutron star with a strong magnetic field. The theory around these objects was formulated by Robert Duncan and Christopher Thompson. When in a supernova a star collapses to a neutron star, its magnetic field increases dramatically in strength. Duncan and Thompson calculated that the magnetic field of a neutron star, normally an already enormous 1012 tesla could under certain circumstances grow even larger, to about 1015 tesla. Such a highly magnetic neutron...

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Word of the Day
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.