Astronomy

Some long-duration gamma-ray bursts are driven by magnetars

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 04:00
A new study reveals that a supernova discovered after a gamma-ray burst must have been powered by a highly magnetic neutron star.
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Neptune’s badly behaved magnetic field

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 04:00
New computer simulations show that the distant planet’s magnetic field is constantly rotating and changing.
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New Horizons map of Pluto: The whale and the doughnut

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 04:00
While the new maps gives mission scientists an important tool for deciphering the patterns of bright and dark markings on the distant planet's surface, they are holding off on making any interpretations of features for now.
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Rings and loops in the stars: Planck’s stunning new images

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:00
The new maps show regions of the sky that produce anomalous microwave emission.
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Pluto dark spots continue to intrigue

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:00
These regularly spaced patches are each hundreds of miles across.
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Cosmology looks beyond the standard model

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:00
A special session at the National Astronomy Meeting has been convened for astronomers to take stock of the evidence and stimulate further investigation of cosmology beyond the standard model.
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Pluto: The "other" red planet

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 16:30
Pluto’s reddish color has been known for decades, but New Horizons is now allowing scientists to correlate the color of different places on the surface with their geology and soon with their compositions.
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Universe's hidden supermassive black holes revealed

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 04:00
A team of scientists using NuSTAR detected high-energy X-rays from five supermassive black holes previously clouded from direct view by dust and gas.
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NASA's New Horizons to return to normal science operations after spacecraft anomaly

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 04:00
Preparations are ongoing to resume the originally planned science operations July 7 and to conduct the entire close flyby sequence as planned.
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Astronomers see pebbles poised to make planets

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 04:00
Although scientists thought this is how planets form, this is the first time they’ve actually seen the process in action.
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Spots on Pluto fascinate as New Horizons gets the all clear

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:00
Not finding new moons or rings is a bit of a scientific surprise, but as a result, no engine burn is needed to steer clear of potential hazards.
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Rosetta spacecraft sees sinkholes on comet

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:00
These circular pits on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko likely formed when ices beneath the surface turned directly to gas.
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