Researchers theorize origins of magnetars, the strongest magnets in the universe

Researchers theorize origins of magnetars, the strongest magnets in the universe How do some neutron stars become the strongest magnets in the universe? A German-British team of astrophysicists has found a possible answer to the question of how magnetars form. They used large computer simulations to demonstrate how the merger of two stars creates strong […]

Liquifying a rocky exoplanet

Liquifying a rocky exoplanet Rocky exoplanets that are around Earth-size are comparatively small, which makes them incredibly difficult to detect and characterise using telescopes. What are the optimal conditions to find such small planets that linger in the darkness? “A rocky planet that is hot, molten, and possibly harboring a large outgassed atmosphere ticks all […]

Carbon-rich hot bubble detected in the planetary nebula NGC 5189

Carbon-rich hot bubble detected in the planetary nebula NGC 5189 Using ESA’s XMM-Newton space telescope, astronomers have found that the planetary nebula NGC 5189 harbors a carbon-enriched X-ray-emitting hot bubble. The discovery, presented in a paper published September 30 on arXiv.org, could shed more light on the nature of gaseous material in planetary nebulae. phys.org […]

Exoplanet and cosmology discoveries awarded Nobel Prize in Physics

Exoplanet and cosmology discoveries awarded Nobel Prize in Physics ESA congratulates 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics laureates Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, who have been awarded the prestigious prize for the first discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star, and James Peebles, honoured for the theoretical framework of cosmology used to investigate the Universe […]

Carnival of Space #632

Carnival of Space #632 It’s that time again! This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Pamela Hoffman at the Everyday Spacer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #632. And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you’ve got a space-related blog, you should […]

PSR J0453+1559 may be a neutron star–white dwarf binary, study suggests

PSR J0453+1559 may be a neutron star–white dwarf binary, study suggests Astronomers have investigated a compact binary radio pulsar system known as PSR J0453+1559, with the aim of shedding more light on its mysterious nature. The new study, published September 26 on arXiv.org, challenges previous assumptions, suggesting that system contains a white dwarf companion. phys.org […]

NASA is Working on Electric Airplanes

NASA is Working on Electric Airplanes One of the chief aims of space agencies and commercial aerospace these days is reducing the associated costs of space exploration. When it comes right down to it, it is still very expensive to send rockets into orbit, never mind sending them beyond Earth. But it’s not just the […]

Not long ago, the center of the Milky Way exploded

Not long ago, the center of the Milky Way exploded A titanic, expanding beam of energy sprang from close to the supermassive black hole in the centre of the Milky Way just 3.5 million years ago, sending a cone-shaped burst of radiation through both poles of the Galaxy and out into deep space. phys.org Go […]