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The birth of massive stars is accompanied by strong luminosity bursts

'How do massive stars form?' is one of the fundamental questions in modern astrophysics, because these massive stars govern the energy budget of their host galaxies. Using numerical simulations, researchers revealed new components of the formation of massive stars, which were already known from the formation process of low-mass as well as primordial stars.

Posted: Nov 7th, 2016

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Detour via gravitational lens makes distant galaxy visible

Never before have astrophysicists measured light of such high energy from a celestial object so far away. Around 7 billion years ago, a huge explosion occurred at the black hole in the center of a galaxy. This was followed by a burst of high-intensity gamma rays. A number of telescopes have succeeded in capturing this light.

Posted: Nov 7th, 2016

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New instrument could search for signatures of life on Mars

A sensing technique that the U.S. military currently uses to remotely monitor the air to detect potentially life-threatening chemicals, toxins, and pathogens has inspired a new instrument that could 'sniff' for life on Mars and other targets in the solar system - the Bio-Indicator Lidar Instrument, or BILI.

Posted: Nov 1st, 2016

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Mystery solved behind birth of Saturn's rings

A team of researchers have presented a new model for the origin of Saturn's rings based on results of computer simulations. The results of the simulations are also applicable to rings of other giant planets and explain the compositional differences between the rings of Saturn and Uranus.

Posted: Oct 31st, 2016

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Curious tilt of the Sun traced to undiscovered planet

Planet Nine the undiscovered planet at the edge of the solar system that was predicted by the work of Caltech's Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown in January 2016 appears to be responsible for the unusual tilt of the Sun, according to a new study.

Posted: Oct 20th, 2016

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Detonating white dwarfs as supernovae

A new mathematical model created by astrophysicists describes how dead stars called white dwarfs could detonate, producing a type of explosion that is instrumental to measuring the extreme distances in our universe.

Posted: Oct 5th, 2016

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