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A binary star as a cosmic particle accelerator

Scientists have identified the binary star Eta Carinae as a new kind of source for very high-energy (VHE) cosmic gamma-radiation. Eta Carinae emits gamma rays with energies up to 400 gigaelectronvolts (GeV), some 100 billion times more than the energy of visible light.

Jul 1st, 2020

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Case for axion origin of dark matter gains traction

In a new study of axion motion, researchers propose a scenario known as 'kinetic misalignment' that greatly strengthens the case for axion/dark matter equivalence. The novel concept answers key questions related to the origins of dark matter and provides new avenues for ongoing detection efforts.

Jun 26th, 2020

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Hubble watches the 'flapping' of cosmic bat shadow

The young star HBC 672 is known by its nickname of Bat Shadow because of its wing-like shadow feature. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has now observed a curious 'flapping' motion in the shadow of the star's disc for the first time.

Jun 25th, 2020

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