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Bizarre Things: Space & Time
February 21, 2017

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February 21, 2017

Jan. 11, 2017 — Every few thousand years, an unlucky star wanders too close to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. The black hole's powerful gravity rips the star apart, sending a long streamer of ... read more

Jan. 6, 2017 — Interstellar forecast for a nearby star: Raining comets! NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered comets plunging onto the star HD 172555, which is a youthful 23 million years old and ... read more

Jan. 6, 2017 — Powerful solar storms can charge up the soil in frigid, permanently shadowed regions near the lunar poles, and may possibly produce 'sparks' that could vaporize and melt the soil, perhaps ... read more

Jan. 4, 2017 — Since first detected 10 years ago, fast radio bursts have puzzled astronomers. Unlike pulsars, they flash irregularly, most only once, and only for milliseconds. And they seem to come from outside ... read more

Jan. 4, 2017 — Approximately 359 million light-years from Earth, there is a galaxy with an innocuous name (PGC 1000714) that doesn't look quite like anything astronomers have observed before. New research ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — Scientists have made the rare discovery of a planetary system with a host star similar to Earth's sun. Especially intriguing is the star's unusual composition, which indicates it ingested ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — The brightest flash of light in the cosmos could be a rare event involving a star and a supermassive black ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — Statistical analysis of mini-spiral galaxies shows an unexpected interaction between dark matter and ordinary matter. According to a new report, where the relationship is obvious and cannot be ... read more

Lunar Sonic Booms

Dec. 13, 2016 — Physicist have new findings on the physics surrounding mini shock waves produced on the ... read more

Dec. 12, 2016 — Signs of powerful changing winds have been detected on a planet 16 times larger than Earth, over 1,000 light years away -- the first time ever that weather systems have been found on a gas giant ... read more

Dec. 1, 2016 — Machine learning is a powerful tool used for a variety of tasks in modern life, from fraud detection and sorting spam in Google, to making movie recommendations on Netflix. Now a team of researchers ... read more

Nov. 30, 2016 — By studying the light emitted from an extraordinarily dense and strongly magnetized neutron star, astronomers may have found the first observational indications of a strange quantum effect, first ... read more

Why 'Arrival' Is Wrong About the Possibility of Talking With Space Aliens

Nov. 29, 2016 — Even if aliens had human-like eyes or ears, they wouldn't interpret images and sounds the same way we do, researchers ... read more

Nov. 28, 2016 — Scientists have observed the transit of a potentially Earth-like extrasolar planet known as K2-3d. A transit is a phenomenon in which a planet passes in front of its parent star, blocking a small ... read more

Nov. 16, 2016 — Stars are not perfect spheres. While they rotate, they become flat due to the centrifugal force. A team of researchers has now succeeded in measuring the oblateness of a slowly rotating star with ... read more

Nov. 3, 2016 — The GRAPES-3 muon telescope recorded a burst of galactic cosmic rays of about 20 GeV, on 22 June 2015 lasting for two hours. The burst occurred when a giant cloud of plasma ejected from the solar ... read more

Nov. 1, 2016 — We humans may be more aligned with the universe than we realize. Scientists have discovered that neutron stars and cell cytoplasm have something in common: structures that resemble multistory parking ... read more

Oct. 28, 2016 — Astronomers have discovered a batch of rapidly spinning stars that produce X-rays at more than 100 times the peak levels ever seen from the sun. The stars, which spin so fast they've been ... read more

Oct. 28, 2016 — Researchers have created a 3D printed cosmic microwave background - a map of the oldest light in the universe - and provided the files for ... read more

Oct. 21, 2016 — Five years ago, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three astronomers for their discovery that the universe is expanding at an accelerating pace. This led to the widespread acceptance of the ... read more

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