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How to have a blast like a black hole

Scientists use extremely intense laser pulses to create magnetized-plasma conditions comparable to those surrounding a black hole, research that may help explain the still mysterious X-rays that can be emitted from some celestial bodies.

Sep 7th, 2020

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Misaligned planet-forming rings around triple young stars

An international team of astronomers found a peculiar dust ring system around the young triple star GW Orionis. The system has three large, misaligned rings with sufficient dust for planet formation. The misaligned rings might have been formed by a hidden planet between the rings, which would provide a clue to understand planet formation around a multiple star system.

Sep 4th, 2020

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Astronomers explore a 'TIE Fighter' active galaxy

Not so long ago, astronomers mapped a galaxy far, far away using radio waves and found it has a strikingly familiar shape. In the process, they discovered the object, called TXS 0128+554, experienced two powerful bouts of activity in the last century.

Aug 25th, 2020

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Cosmic dance: A solution to the Galactic bar paradox

The very heart of our Milky Way harbours a large bar-like structure of stars whose size and rotational speed have been strongly contested in the last years. A new study has found an elegant solution to the discrepancies found in different observational studies.

Aug 25th, 2020

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