Devourer of planets? Researchers dub star ‘Kronos’

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In mythology, the Titan Kronos devoured his children, including Poseidon (better known as the planet Neptune), Hades (Pluto) and three daughters.So when a group of Princeton astronomers discovered twin stars, one of which showed signs of having ingested a dozen or more rocky planets, they named them after Kronos and

Evidence found of white dwarf remnant after supernova

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An international team of space scientists has found evidence of what they believe is a remnant of a type Iax supernova—a white dwarf moving in a way that suggests it was blown across part of the universe by the power of a thermonuclear explosion. In their paper published in the

Is Dark Matter Less ‘Lumpy’ Than Predicted?

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Don Lincoln is a senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermilab, the country's largest Large Hadron Collider research institution. He also writes about science for the public, including his recent "The Large Hadron Collider: The Extraordinary Story of the Higgs Boson and Other Things That Will Blow Your Mind" (Johns

What happens in Earth’s atmosphere during an eclipse?

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Using smartphones and radio kits, researchers will track changes in how radio waves travel through the ionosphere As the moon’s shadow races across North America on August 21, hundreds of radio enthusiasts will turn on their receivers — rain or shine. These observers aren’t after the sun. They’re interested in a

Astronomers just mapped the inside of a supernova

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It turns out these events could be even more impressive than we thought. A supernova is the largest explosion you might ever see if you ever get to see it! It’s the death of a star, and stars go out with a bang. They’re still mostly a mystery to science. It’s

Most Accurate Map of Recent Universe Unveiled by Scientists

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A new map of the universe has been unveiled by scientists, revealing the last seven billion years of the history of the cosmos.The results of the Dark Energy Survey show how dark matter is distributed across the galaxy. Until now, scientists used models to show where it fell. These models are

Twilight observations reveal huge storm on Neptune

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Spectacular sunsets and sunrises are enough to dazzle most of us, but to astronomers, dusk and dawn are a waste of good observing time. They want a truly dark sky.Not Ned Molter, a UC Berkeley astronomy graduate student. He set out to show that some bright objects can be studied

Ancient Venus May Have Had an Ocean of Water

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French scientists have run computer simulations about the formation of Venus that suggest that “Earth’s Twin” once had a thin ocean of water shortly after it formed.The researchers with the Université Paris-Saclay ran the complex simulation and published their findings in the Journal of Geophysical Research. While today Venus is a barren ball

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