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Astrochemists reveal the magnetic secrets of methanol

Scientists have solved an important puzzle in astrochemistry: how to measure magnetic fields in space using methanol, the simplest form of alcohol. Their results give astronomers a new way of investigating how massive stars are born.

Posted: Jan 29th, 2018

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Hubble weighs in on mass of 3 million billion suns

In 2014, astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope found that this enormous galaxy cluster contains the mass of a staggering three million billion suns -- so it's little wonder that it has earned the nickname of El Gordo ('the Fat One' in Spanish).

Posted: Jan 17th, 2018

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Odd behavior of star reveals lonely black hole hiding in giant star cluster

Astronomers have discovered a star in the cluster NGC 3201 that is behaving very strangely. It appears to be orbiting an invisible black hole with about four times the mass of the Sun -- the first such inactive stellar-mass black hole found in a globular cluster and the first found by directly detecting its gravitational pull.

Posted: Jan 17th, 2018

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Habitable planets could exist around pulsars

It is theoretically possible that habitable planets exist around pulsars. According to new research, such planets must have an enormous atmosphere that converts the deadly x-rays and high energy particles of the pulsar into heat.

Posted: Dec 20th, 2017

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