articles tagged: cosmology
world of weird things podcast: ultimate doomsday prepping
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world of weird things podcast: ultimate doomsday prepping

Just because the universe is dying doesn’t mean you and your civilization have to die with it, at least not if you’re ready to go stellar grave robbing.

turns out the oldest known star in the universe is in our backyard
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turns out the oldest known star in the universe is in our backyard

It turns out that one of the oldest objects in the known universe is only a few thousand light years from Earth.

a supercluster in the making gives us a peek into the universe’s early days
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a supercluster in the making gives us a peek into the universe’s early days

Astronomers discovered a large proto-supercluster that shows us just how quickly the universe we see today organized itself.

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.

never mind, the universe is still probably expanding at an accelerating rate
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never mind, the universe is still probably expanding at an accelerating rate

On further review, the study claiming that the universe is expanding at a steady rate ended up independently proving accelerating expansion.

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.

how scientists accidentally solved the universe’s weight problem
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how scientists accidentally solved the universe’s weight problem

While studying mysterious fast radio bursts, astronomers figured out why the universe weighs as much as it does and where that mass went.

why the great void didn’t cause the cold spot
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why the great void didn’t cause the cold spot

If you've heard about the Cold Spot, you may have read that it's caused by a strangely low density of galaxies in that area of the universe. But the truth is much, much weirder...

peeking at dark matter during a tidal strip show
# space

peeking at dark matter during a tidal strip show

It turns out that one of the best ways to learn about dark matter is to turn out the lights, lean back, and closely watch a little gravitational galaxy on galaxy action.

the infinitely vast, mandatory multiverse?
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the infinitely vast, mandatory multiverse?

A group of physicists say that a multiverse, in which we're just one of many sibling universes, is an inevitable result of cosmic inflation.

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