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In neutron stars, protons may do the heavy lifting

In neutron stars, protons may do the heavy lifting

Neutron stars are the smallest, densest stars in the universe, born out of the gravitational collapse of extremely massive stars. True to their name, neutron...
The universe’s rate of expansion is in dispute and we may need new physics to solve it

The universe’s rate of expansion is in dispute and we may need new physics...

Next time you eat a blueberry (or chocolate chip) muffin consider what happened to the blueberries in the batter as it was baked. The blueberries...

Parker Solar Probe: A bold mission to touch the sun

On Sunday, NASA launched a bold mission to fly directly into the sun’s atmosphere, with a spacecraft named the Parker Solar Probe, after solar...

Scientists find evidence of energetic particles from early sun

Blue crystals in meteorites show that sun behaved like ‘high-energy toddler’ Our sun’s beginnings are a mystery. It burst into being 4.6 billion years ago, about...

170 years ago, Eta Carinae erupted dramatically. Astronomers now think they know why

Eta Carinae, a double star system located 7,500 light years away in the constellation Carina, has a combined luminosity of more than 5 million...

NASA, ULA launch Parker Solar Probe on historic journey to touch Sun

Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida Sunday to begin its journey to the...

Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 12

The Perseid meteor shower is here! Perseid meteors, caused by debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle, began streaking across the skies in late July...

Nature’s ‘time machine’ reveals clues to mysterious star blast

A prolonged stellar brawl among three rowdy sibling stars may have triggered a mysterious eruption by the brightest known star in our galaxy, according...
How NASA will shield its solar probe from crazy heat

How NASA will shield its solar probe from crazy heat

A heat shield you can scorch with a blowtorch until it glows red on one side and still comfortably touch on the other will...

Scientists are closer to finding the happy medium black holes

Scientists have taken major steps in their hunt to find black holes that are neither very small nor extremely large. Finding these elusive intermediate-mass black...