articles tagged: astrophysics
why black holes have magnetic storms like stars
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why black holes have magnetic storms like stars

New observations of the center of our galaxy have, for the first time, revealed hotspots in the disk of chaotic gas orbiting our Milky Way’s supermassive black hole.

when it’s what’s on the inside that counts
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when it’s what’s on the inside that counts

How do we know what the insides of Venus or Jupiter look like? The short answer is that we don’t. The longer answer is that we make a fairly accurately guess.

right round, like a black hole baby, right round…
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right round, like a black hole baby, right round…

Black holes aren’t just the densest, most massive objects in space. They might also be some of the fastest.

preparing for a very low stakes test of general relativity
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preparing for a very low stakes test of general relativity

A new mission to Mercury will test a quirk of general relativity. It won’t be decisive and will involve a lot of precision measurement and tedious number-crunching. And it’s exactly the kind of science we should be encouraging.

ten billion times stronger than steel: scraping under the surface of a neutron star
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ten billion times stronger than steel: scraping under the surface of a neutron star

Nuclear pasta isn’t exactly an awe-inspiring name, but it may be the strongest substance in the universe and it’s found in only in the crust of neutron stars.

supermassive black holes, the paradoxical creators of stars, planets, and life
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supermassive black holes, the paradoxical creators of stars, planets, and life

Despite their fearsome reputation, we simply wouldn't exist without black holes.

the study that could quite literally change everything if it’s right
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the study that could quite literally change everything if it’s right

A new paper claims that the universe's expansion isn't accelerating. If that's true, we have to start rewriting cosmology as we know it.

why hundreds of aliens probably aren’t trying to contact us
# astrobiology

why hundreds of aliens probably aren’t trying to contact us

Oddly, this is a case when a few signals would make a better case for alien contact than hundreds.

the deep space cataclysm that keeps on happening
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the deep space cataclysm that keeps on happening

Fast radio bursts get even more mysterious with new detections and point to a new culprit: magnetically supercharged neutron stars.

how the cosmic web’s fingers can shape galaxies
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how the cosmic web’s fingers can shape galaxies

Early galaxies seem to grow a lot faster than they should. We finally know how.

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