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Vanishing Star Helps Astronomers See Space-Time Warp

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.13.2015 | Science

It's not easy to weigh a star, but an international team of astronomers has done just that. In fact, they've measured the masses of both stars in ...

NASA Spies Star That's 10 Million Times Brighter Than The Sun

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 10.10.2014 | Science

Think our sun is bright? NASA says its NuSTAR space-based X-ray telescope has detected a dead star that pumps out as much energy as 10 million suns. ...

CONFIRMED: Decades-Old Prediction Of Dead Star's Shifting Fields | Jesse Emspak | Posted 11.06.2013 | Science

For the first time, astronomers have tracked the evolution of a pulsar's magnetic field over time, watching as it slowly tilts toward the dead star's ...

WATCH: Odd Spinning Star May Hold Key To Cosmic Mystery

The Huffington Post | Miriam Kramer | Posted 09.26.2013 | Science

A perplexing fast-spinning star just might be the "missing link" in a long-standing pulsar mystery, scientists say. The so-called neutron star — a ...

Super-Dense Stars Reveal Their Secrets | Clara Moskowitz | Posted 07.26.2013 | Science

Scientists have uncovered a new key to understanding the strange workings of neutron stars — objects so dense they pack the mass of multiple suns in...

Have Astronomers Found New Form Of Matter? | Clara Moskowitz | Posted 06.27.2013 | Science

A rare state of matter dubbed "nuclear pasta" appears to exist only inside ultra-dense objects called neutron stars, astronomers say. There, the nucl...

Weird Magnetic Star May Test Einstein Theory

natureheader | Posted 05.16.2013 | Science

By Eugenie Samuel Reich Dale Frail couldn’t resist the prospect of watching a black hole swallow its prey. Frail, who is in charge of the Very La...

Key Einstein Theory Faces Toughest Test Yet

Posted 04.26.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 04/25/2013 02:02 PM EDT on An extreme pair of superdense stars orbiting each other has put Einstein's gen...

NASA Announces Ambitious Missions For 2017

Posted 04.07.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 04/06/2013 09:05 AM EDT on NASA has picked two new low-cost missions for launch in 2017: a planet-hunting satel...

WATCH: Spinning Star Glows Like Eerie Mask In Space

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.09.2013 | Science

The Vela pulsar is watching you. That's what it looks like in this amazing video from NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory that shows the exploded neu...

160 Billion Exoplanets and Counting

Kyle Jarrard | Posted 07.31.2012 | Science
Kyle Jarrard

News like this -- that the galaxy is bristling with potential broadcast platforms -- will only embolden these go-go pioneers. Hand them 160 billion planets and what will they say? What they've been saying all along: They just have to be out there -- meaning them.

Distant Celestial Fires

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

In line with end-of-the-world prophecies linked to Mayan calendars, there's sudden noise on the Internet that Betelgeuse will become a supernova in 2012. The segue is that this will first give us Tattooine-like sunsets, then singe earth and all upon it.