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Birth of a black hole or neutron star captured for first time

A Northwestern University-led international team is getting closer to understanding the mysteriously bright object that burst in the northern sky this summer. On June 17, the ATLAS survey’s twin telescopes in Hawaii found a spectacularly bright anomaly 200 million light years away in the Hercules constellation. Dubbed AT2018cow or “The ...

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Elusive star has origins close to Big Bang

Astronomers have found what could be one of the universe’s oldest stars, a body almost entirely made of materials spewed from the Big Bang. The discovery of this approximately 13.5 billion-year-old tiny star means more stars with very low mass and very low metal content are likely out there — ...

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Imran Khan, Former Cricket Star, Pulls Into Lead in Pakistan’s Vote Count

Imran Khan, Former Cricket Star, Pulls Into Lead in Pakistan’s Vote Count Image Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, at a polling station in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday. Partial results showed Mr. Khan’s party leading in several districts.CreditAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters By Jeffrey Gettleman July 25, 2018 LAHORE, Pakistan — ...

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Astronomers produce first detailed images of surface of giant star

An international team of astronomers has produced the first detailed images of the surface of a giant star outside our solar system, revealing a nearly circular, dust-free atmosphere with complex areas of moving material, known as convection cells or granules, according to a recent study. The giant star, named π1Gruis, ...

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Star in the constellation Pisces is ‘eating’ planets

Like the ancient Greek god Cronus who devoured his children, a star 550 light years from Earth has been discovered to be slowly consuming its “offspring” — crushing one or more planets in its orbit into vast clouds of gas and dust. The discovery that RZ Piscium — located in ...

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A Crazy Supernova Looks Like a New Kind of Dying Star

In September 2014, astronomers saw a dimming point of light in a small galaxy half a billion light-years away. It looked like an ordinary supernova—a dying star that exploded and whose light was now petering out. But the following January, Zheng “Andrew” Wong, a student intern at Las Cumbres Observatory ...

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