Tag Archives: Astronomy

Nobel Prize in Physics honors the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the heart of the Milky Way

By tracking the orbits of stars close to the galactic center, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez ruled out all possibilities besides a black hole. Continue reading

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Phosphine detection highlights unknowns of Venus’s atmosphere

Modeling, lab work, and perhaps a mission to the planet will be required to understand the chemical reactions that take place within Venus’s hot, dense, oxidizing cloud layers. Read more in Physics Today…

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Mapping the Remains of Supernovae

A new tool provides detailed, 3-D chemical view of exploded star systems. Continue reading

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Iron-rich object closely orbits a white dwarf

The newly discovered object could be the core of a planet that survived the transition of its host star into a red giant. Continue reading

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A glimpse of a planetary system’s final stages

Detailed spectroscopy measurements may help astronomers discover bodies orbiting white dwarfs. Continue reading

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Taking the twinkle out of stars

Adaptive optics at Paranal Observatory give satellite-quality images from surface of Earth. Continue reading

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Lab experiments mimic the origin and growth of astrophysical magnetic fields

A turbulent, laser-generated plasma can amplify magnetic fields to cosmic scales. Continue reading

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Experiments support theory of cosmic magnetic field growth

A turbulent, laser-generated plasma can dramatically amplify magnetic fields. Continue reading

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Final frontier

Photonics technologies being developed for probing the universe are leading to better commercial products. Continue reading

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