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New Look At Old Galactic Friend
2014-02-07 09:05:06

Just weeks after NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory began operations in 1999, the telescope pointed at Centaurus A (Cen A, for short).

Brown Dwarf Weather Map
2014-01-29 13:17:01

Scientists using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) created the world’s first map of the weather on the surface of a brown dwarf.

ESA Confirms Inside Out Model Milky Way
2014-01-20 11:40:56

New research from the Gaia-ESO project confirmed previous theories on the inside-out development of the Milky Way, which holds that the inner regions of the galaxy’s disc were the first to form.

Be Star Black Hole
2014-01-17 08:27:04

The black hole in question is orbiting an object known as a Be-type star, which is unusual because of its incredibly high rate of rotation.

Currie Celestial Body_010914
2014-01-09 15:42:28

Located about 440 light-years from Earth is a strange object that has properties of both a star and a planet.

Swift Sees X-ray Action In Milky Way's Center
2014-01-09 06:14:19

Scientists have discovered a rare celestial entity that could help test predictions of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

2014-01-08 12:21:31

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Storms As Big As Jupiter's 'Great Red Spot' Found On Brown Dwarfs
2014-01-07 11:57:11

Most brown dwarfs may contain storms as big as Jupiter’s “Great Red Spot,” according to findings presented at the American Astronomical Society in Washington.

Gravity Clues From Stellar Triple System
2014-01-06 03:39:45

The discovery of a superdense neutron star in a stellar triple system has made it possible for researchers to collect the best measurements to date of the complex gravitational interactions present in these types of systems, according to a new Nature study.

Discovery Helps Explain Binary Systems
2013-12-31 14:59:55

Astronomers using the Very Large Array (VLA) have made a discovery that helps explain how double-star systems form.


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

X-Ray Astronomy -- Although the more energetic X-rays (E > 30 keV) can penetrate the air at least for distances of a few meters (they would never have been detected and medical X-ray machines would not work if this was not the case) the Earth's atmosphere is thick enough that virtually none are able to penetrate from outer space all the way to the Earth's surface. X-rays in the 0.5 - 5 keV range, where most celestial sources give off the bulk of their energy, can be stopped by a few...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram -- In stellar astronomy, the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram (H-R diagram) shows the relation between the absolute magnitude and the spectral types of stars. It was invented around 1910 by Ejnar Hertzsprung and Henry Norris Russell. There are two equivalent forms. One is the observer's form which plots the color of the star on one axis and the absolute magnitude on the other axis. The theoretician's form plots the temperature of the star on one axis and the...

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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,...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

X-ray Burster -- X-ray bursters are a class of binary stars which are luminous in X-rays. They contain a neutron star and a low-mass companion star. The companion fills its Roche lobe and therefore the neutron star is accreting matter from it. The inflowing gas forms an accretion disk around the neutron star. Sometimes X-ray bursters show a sudden increase in their X-ray luminosity, called X-ray burst. All properties of the X-ray bursts can be explained assuming that they result from...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

X-ray Binaries -- X-ray binaries are a class of binary stars that are very luminous in X-rays. The X-rays are produced by matter falling from one component (usually a relatively normal star) to the other component, which is a neutron star or a black hole. The infalling matter releases gravitational potential energy, up to several tens of per cent of its rest mass as X-rays. (Hydrogen fusion releases about 0.7 per cent of rest mass) X-ray binaries are further subdivided into...

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Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.